Retro Butterick ’46 B5281

by Stormie Goad on May 17, 2013 · 20 comments

in Vintage Sewing

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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Kristin May 17, 2013 at 12:12 pm

This looks great! I love your personal touches!


Lise Neely May 17, 2013 at 12:27 pm

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


Lizzy May 17, 2013 at 1:37 pm

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 :(


Foster May 17, 2013 at 5:08 pm

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


Catherine Alekna May 17, 2013 at 5:48 pm

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


mariebayarea May 17, 2013 at 7:38 pm

Perfect day dress


Inkdork May 18, 2013 at 12:26 am

This is so nice! Love it!


Patrice May 18, 2013 at 12:46 am

Oh, really nice!! Very flattering fit.


Rohan May 18, 2013 at 2:16 am

Brilliant job!


Anne May 18, 2013 at 7:20 am

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


Judy May 18, 2013 at 3:04 pm

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


Sandra May 18, 2013 at 3:55 pm

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


jos May 19, 2013 at 6:02 am

Love it!


Liz May 19, 2013 at 10:24 am

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!


Annie May 20, 2013 at 10:15 pm

Love it. Button detail is great!


Michelle Handyside May 21, 2013 at 6:44 am

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.


Brooke May 21, 2013 at 8:20 pm

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! =)


Velosewer May 22, 2013 at 8:49 pm

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


Anonymous May 24, 2013 at 10:08 am

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


Becky Culbertson May 24, 2013 at 11:50 am

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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