Butterick 6815, circa mid-1950s day dress

It’s only 7 days into the New Year, and i’m already two finished dresses in! Hopefully this bodes well for the rest of the year!

Firstly, the pattern Butterick 6815 (I made the version on the far left) - Afairly fitted dress, with split kimono sleeves, turn back collar and gored skirt with box-pleat at the front.

From the Vintage Pattern Wiki

And here is my version, made from oxblood-red quilter’s homespun.

I’m really, really happy with how it came out – especially up-sizing from a 34 inch bust to a 39 inch! No major modifications to speak of, but more details on my blog.

This dress is so light, wearable and easy to sew – I’d really recommend giving it a go if you have it in your stash.

• Meet the Author • Bex


A vintage obsessed, rockabilly femme living in Sydney, Australia. I hoard vintage knitting and sewing patterns, and shoes. So many shoes. My favourite era is the late 1930s- early 1940s.


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7 comments… add one

  • Gorgeous! 1950s Butterick patterns are some of my favorite vintage patterns, and I love your version! The rich red is fab. I love your hair too. :)

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  • Good going on 2 dresses already for 2013!

    This looks great on you- and wearable and comfortable as well. Inspiring me towards a cotton shirtwaist or two.

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  • I saw this recently on eBay but forgot to bid. Looks amazing and well done on the adjustments! I’ve stopped buying patterns that arnt in my size because I’m too lazy ( and not skilled enough!) to adjust.

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    • Hahaha yeah, I tend to only buy a 38-40 inch bust size so I dont have to upsize – but this one really was so easy!

      I’m eyeing off the other ones in my collection now…
      :)

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  • Oh law, I must have this pattern. Maybe we will get lucky and Butterick will add it to their Retro line, and then we can all have a copy!

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  • This looks absolutely stunning – I’m not in the least bit jealous!

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  • Great dress… and 2 dresses completed already this year! I have yet to complete a single thing! I better get busy!

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