Retro Butterick ’46 B5281

First posting! Proud of how my retro ’46 came out. Only my third dress ever to make and the first with a lining. Used gabardine as recommended on the pattern and it was easy to work with and provided the right weight. Added some button details to make it my own from a stash I picked up at an antique shop in Hot Springs Arkansas.

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  • This looks great! I love your personal touches!

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  • It’s beautiful! The pleating at the should creates a lovely drape, and the buttons are fun! Wear it in good health.

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  • Very pretty! You did a great job! I have that pattern too but I have never done it, besides, I bought a bigger size for me :(

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  • Oooh! I have that pattern. It’s nice to see it all sewn up and modeled on a real person. It’s lovely.

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  • Great work and its only your 3rd project! Well done

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  • Perfect day dress

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  • This is so nice! Love it!

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  • Oh, really nice!! Very flattering fit.

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  • Brilliant job!

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  • Lovely dress! I have that pattern, too. and have been debating on which fabric to use. The buttons look great!

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  • I love your dress. You did an excellent job sewing.. Looks great on you. Happy sewing.

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  • I can’t believe that’s only your third dress! Extraordinary!

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  • Love it!

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  • I also have that pattern. I’ve looked at it and looked at it, wondering if I should make it. You have motivated me to make that little number. Your’s turned out really nice. Love seeing them made up, on a real body. Nice Job!

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  • Love it. Button detail is great!

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  • Ive made this pattern myself (in a fabric covered in pictures of Marc Bolan and The Rolling Stones – but thats another story). I absolutely love it, you have made it very elegant indeed.

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  • That’s the pattern I used for the navy dress that is currently my avatar photo. (Made mine with crepe back satin.) It’s really interesting to see someone else’s take on it. Great job! =)

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  • That pattern is in my stash and your version makes it look very wearable. It’s gorgeous.

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  • Thank you all for your nice feedback! Ready to tackle my next project with more confidence!

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  • Really cute! I love the dress, the fabric that you chose, and it looks like you did a great job; your third dress, what an accomplishment! To give you a tip for your next project, to make it even better, ironing each step as you go will make all the difference in the world in your finished garment. Press those seams nice and crisp, and no one will ever suspect that you aren’t wearing a true vintage garment! Good luck!

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