50′s Striped Chevron Dress

by heatherlou on July 7, 2012 · 16 comments

in 1950s

This dress was made from a re-released vintage Butterick pattern (#5605). I used a white and kelly green stripe cotton and wanted to play with the placement of the stripes. I made a chevron at the bust, placed stripes horizontally on the side gussets and tried to run the stripes vertically on the circle skirt, which resulted in some more chevrons.

I love vintage patterns but sometimes it’s fun to make them a little more modern by modifiying them. I shortened the sleeves and skirt and adding a matching exposed zipper. It doesn’t read as a 50′s design to me anymore but I like the result. I don’t think I love anything I’ve ever made as much as I love this dress. It’s so perfect for the summer and I feel like magic happens whenever I wear it.

This dress was a challenge to assemble – I have more info, photos and links of the resources I used to make it at my blog here.


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Montreal based commercial interior designer & novice sewist. Obsessed with vintage patterns, bright colour and graphic prints. Trying to replace shopping with sewing. Best hobby ever.

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{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

Groovymama July 7, 2012 at 8:39 am

This is the most beautiful dress I’ve seen in a long time! Perfection.


karen July 7, 2012 at 8:46 am

Love it – great fabric choice and love the zippper


Stephanie July 7, 2012 at 9:48 am

Cute! I love all of the stripes going in different directions!


Little Susie Home Maker July 7, 2012 at 11:24 am

Very cute. Love what you did here with the stripes and chevron!


Moe July 7, 2012 at 12:01 pm

Beautiful job using the stripes! And even though I’m usually a purist about keeping the styling original to the period, I love how you updated this to make it modern. Really impressed. Lovely job!


Foster July 7, 2012 at 12:23 pm

Darling! Love the exposed zipper.


Lizzy July 7, 2012 at 1:47 pm

Love it!


Upby5 July 7, 2012 at 4:39 pm

Fantastic Job! You did a stellar job blending the retro and modern. Congratulations!


rockabillykitten July 7, 2012 at 7:00 pm

Love the stripes. I think I may have wanted to cry trying to match them all up!


EmSewCrazy July 7, 2012 at 10:05 pm

Love love the chevrons!! What a great job with all the stripes. It’s a wonderful dress and you look great!


Katrina - Edelweiss Patterns July 8, 2012 at 1:35 pm

My goodness! What an incredible use of the stipes. Fabulous job!

Happy sewing,



Dawn July 8, 2012 at 3:08 pm

Just perfect! Love it


Zoe July 8, 2012 at 4:00 pm

This is absolutely fantastic!!! I hope you get to wear it heaps because it should be on show as much as possible


Jayne July 9, 2012 at 3:37 am

Oh my gosh I LOVE this dress.
You have done an amazing job with the stripes. I think I want to steal the idea for a project I have in mind for Butterick 4919 repro pattern. And the exposed zip is a fab idea to make the style a bit more modern. Well done!


Heather Lou July 9, 2012 at 12:22 pm

Thank you guys! I’m blushing like a beet. As for the stripes – it was actually way easier than I thought to line them all up properly, just a little more time consuming. Not half as annoying as trying to match patterns when the repeat isn’t as often.


Adey July 9, 2012 at 9:25 pm

It’s delightful, love the green stripes and the dress!


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