Pink Roses

by bobbinandbaste on October 31, 2013 · 12 comments

in 1950s

A while back my Mum’s friend had gifted me some vintage fabric that her mother had in her cupboard. From looking at the fabric I suspect it was from the fifties – the print, the width, the feel, all had 1950’s written all over it. Lucky for me there was about 4 metres of it so plenty to make a full skirted dress of some description. It was a super pretty fabric, I don’t think you could have gotten more girly if you tried. After a quick look through my existing vintage reproduction patterns from the 50’s, I chose Butterick 5603.

I thought this pattern would be a nice change as it has the empire waist line just under the bust and then the skirt bottom flares out from there. I cut out a size 12 to ensure it wouldn’t be too tight around the waist as vintage patterns can be that way. I had pre washed the fabric to get out the musty smell it had from years kept in a cupboard. Washing it ended up making it feel quite crunchy, so it felt like I cut almost cutting out paper when I cut out the pattern pieces. Thankfully once I got the iron onto the fabric it softened it. I opted to use contrasting matching pink satin for the neck and under bust trim so it stands out a little more. It was a process finding a pink that I liked that didn’t have that tacky polyester satin feel about it. I ended up finding a fabric I liked in Lincraft. This is a nice pattern to sew up for a newbie to vintage sewing patterns. The skirt bottom is very straight forward, and I only had to take it in a little towards the top of it. I ended up taking it in the at the side seams under my arms but otherwise it was a pretty good fit. I lined it with a pink bemsilk lining which was a bit of a pain to stitch down near the gathers under the bust but I got there in the end.

I gave horsehair braiding a go for the first time on this dress skirt hem too and I love how it turned out. I read Gertie’s book for advice on how to sew on the horsehair braid and it was a doddle. Except for the fact I ran out of it and had to rush back to the store again to buy more – d’oh! I’ll blog about my horsehair braiding soon so I can try and persuade you to give it a go. It made the skirt flare out more but didn’t look too much.

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Inkdork October 31, 2013 at 10:08 pm

Really beautiful dress with lovely fabric! Very feminine. :)


Stacey Stitch November 1, 2013 at 4:38 am

Lovely material and beautiful dress, the colours look grea to on you :)


Joni November 1, 2013 at 9:15 am

I love this pattern, I think it’s the best one in the Retro Butterick lineup. You’ve really done justice to the gorgeous fabric.


Jeffsews50s November 1, 2013 at 10:49 am

Pretty fabric and dress. I love the hair and makeup too – seems like a retro/vintage style also :)


Laurie November 1, 2013 at 1:30 pm

So pretty! The fabric and the dress… And you too! ~Laurie


Venida November 1, 2013 at 4:51 pm

I think you picked the perfect pattern for that material, you did a great job,and look beautiful.


Lynda Slade November 1, 2013 at 5:28 pm

Absolutely gorgeous! I love your dress.

I missed that particular Vintage Fair, but they are completely addictive :-)


empireroom November 1, 2013 at 9:14 pm

Sew gorgeous. I may have to pull this pattern out & give it a go.
I love the contrast details.


thegoldencocoon November 2, 2013 at 11:10 am

You have done such a wonderful job. It looks absolutely lovely on you.


Siri Andersen November 2, 2013 at 5:13 pm

Lovely! The fabric is perfect,!


Jordan November 2, 2013 at 10:32 pm

So beautiful! The pink bows are a nice touch.


Marie November 3, 2013 at 3:23 pm

You look divine in this!


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