Hello fellow vintage sewists!
This dress is probably one of my favorites that I’ve made for myself.
This dress is a 1946 reproduction Retro Butterick 5281. The fabric I used is Anna Sui “Owl Eyes” Rayon/Cotton Challis. I’ve never sewn with challis before and found it to be a pretty easy sew fabric. After prewashing it got pretty soft and goes perfect with the light tan cotton batiste that I used for the lining. I used a cotton twill for the belt and added some fuschia buttons for a faux closure on the bodice. I made this dress to enter in Fabric Mart’s Julie’s Picks contest (which starts this week for voting!) and also for Lucky Lucille’s Sew for Victory. I wore this to a meeting last week and it got some rave reviews! There is nothing that I don’t like about this dress and as it’s a very wearable vintage inspired garment, I definitely plan to be sporting it for years to come. 🙂