Emerald Green Dress

November 11, 2012

This is my first post here. I visit often in search of inspiraton – and now hopefully I can inspire. An emerald green duchess satin dress made using the Retro Butterick 5813 pattern – a pattern originally printed in 1956. The dress isn’t that difficult to sew – I would say that an advanced beginner could do it. The dress is supposed to be fully lined, but I skipped that part (which of course makes it even easier to sew). Unfortunately I don’t have any pics showing the back of the dress. but the shoulder darts and back inserts make the dress look just as wonderful from that angle.


  1. This dress came out beautifully! Shiny fabric can be a nightmare to work with, but you did it perfectly! What a wonderful dress!!

  2. Congrats on moving your blog 🙂 it looks good!

    I love the dress… really pretty. You made it? Very impressive. I used to make dresses what seemed like a long time ago, in a different life, lol, but I guess it was only, like, 5 years. Haha. Now I just collect (and soon to sell!) vintage ones.

    I love the green color you picked. It’s actually very flattering, though, I’m not quite sure I could pull it off myself. Anyway, this is my first visit here and it was really nice finding your blog. I hope you’re doing well, and that you enjoyed your weekend.

    xox, amber

  3. I just bought this pattern earlier today. Have had it on my list for weeks- and here it is! All made up in it’s glory! Love the color. You look great in it! Nicely done! 🙂

  4. It looks great! This pattern is actually my next sewing project. (I’m making the full skirt version out of black 100% wool gabardine)

    I’m thrilled to see the pattern in pictures! It’s very flattering! I love it in emerald green!

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