Retro Butterick B5209

by thelittletailoress on September 7, 2013 · 12 comments

in 1940s

I have been on a bit of a republished vintage pattern spree recently! I bought a bunch of them on sale a while back and have been working my way through them recently including this particular one Retro Butterick B5209.

I chose this fabric on account of the distinctly 1940s feel it has as I felt it complemented the style of the dress. Red and burgundy are not part of my usual colour palette and I do think this would be a lot better suited to a slightly darker skin tone but sometimes it’s nice to step outside of one’s comfort zone and wear something a bit different! I also think it’s a good colour palette for early autumn, nice and rich and would look good with a cardigan and over stockings.

The dress itself is rated as an easy pattern and it really, really is! It would be perfect for a beginner, great instructions and nothing more challenging than popping in a zip.  I didn’t do much to change the pattern on the toile- I reduced the sleeves a little to compensate for the way in which my square shoulders jut this style out a bit dramatically and I was in-between sizes so I sized up and reduced the waist. Apparently I wasn’t zealous enough and the finished dress was still a little baggy around the middle but rather than unpick and take it in I decided to whip up a narrow little self-covered belt instead. I am actually quite pleased about this outcome as I really love little self- covered belts.

Thanks for reading and if you have the time please pop over to my sewing blog for a fuller review and more pictures.

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EmSewCrazy September 7, 2013 at 1:32 pm

That is lovely. I think it looks very nice on you. Such a pretty fabric too.


mariebayarea September 7, 2013 at 1:34 pm

Total loveliness


Nomorewars September 7, 2013 at 3:45 pm

So pretty! Oh, and the dress is nice too :)


Deb September 7, 2013 at 11:41 pm

I’ve been on the fence about this pattern as the illustrations just don’t look very attractive to me, but seeing it actually worked up, I think I need to make it! Your version is lovely!


Jeanette September 8, 2013 at 2:07 am

Lovely! One of my favourite patterns too. x


craftylittlebugger September 8, 2013 at 3:13 am

Same as Deb on this one – I wasn’t really feeling the pattern illustrations. Seeing it made up, it looks gorgeous, a very pleasant surprise. The print is really nice too, and I think it’s quite flattering on you.


Konstanze September 8, 2013 at 10:06 am

You look absolutely lovely! What a great dress.


novemberfoxtrot September 8, 2013 at 12:22 pm

I think the colors look great on you! and the dress is super cute!


Lou Mar September 8, 2013 at 1:17 pm

Very pretty! I love the fabric choice. Butterick should change their pattern image with your version. I prefer your version alot more.


BobbinBombshell September 8, 2013 at 3:11 pm

Really pretty!


Francie September 9, 2013 at 2:34 pm

Very lovely dress! The floral print is very flattering.


Jeffsews50s September 13, 2013 at 2:41 pm

I love the fabric and the dress is just sooo cute on you! It actually looks quite modern to me. I agree that a nice cardigan and stockings would work very well in the fall.


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