My First Franken-Pattern Dress

by Stephanie

in 1950s,Dresses,Vintage Sewing

I actually made this dress (extremely last minute, as usual) for my friend Robyn’s wedding, whose wedding dress I made and blogged about here. It’s become one of my favorite dresses to date so I thought I’d share how I spliced it together.

The skirt is using the pattern of the overskirt in Butterick 4790, the Walkaway Dress. This was one of the very first patterns I used, and the very first Retro Butterick pattern. I really loved the shape of the skirt, especially how most of the fullness was on the sides and back.

For the bodice, I used McCall’s 6599, altered the neckline to a bit of a sweetheart shape and omitted the sleeves. It’s not a particularly retro style, but it was just the simple princess seamed bodice I wanted.

I have been SO pleased with this dress, it is hands down my favorite. I wear it all the time, and it is extremely comfortable. The cotton breathes well in the Texas heat, but it’s easy to throw a sweater over for cooler weather as I did during our trip to France this past summer!

I think I love this dress most of all because I feel like it fits me the best of any garment I’ve ever made, which makes me want to keep sewing and working at getting the best fit possible for all my clothes! It really is amazing how great a well-fitting garment makes you feel.

A few more pics and details on my blog here. :-)

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I'm a self-taught, retro-loving Francophile from Austin married to the Frenchman of my dreams, and blessed to get to basically stay home and sew all day. Although I grew up around it, I didn't learn to sew until I was in my mid 20s...it must be in the blood, though, because I got hooked pretty quickly. I started out mostly making aprons I designed myself and selling them in my Etsy shop, but now I'm kind of obsessed with making dresses. I have a special love for anything from the 40s, 50s, and early 60s, and I also love Regency and Victorian inspired looks. I've started to get over my fear of using patterns, and since I enjoy seeing other people's projects here so much, thought I'd jump on in and share mine too.

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LucyLovesYa February 9, 2014 at 9:18 am

Lovely dress! You whole ensemble looks really vintage and very pretty x

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Evie February 9, 2014 at 10:22 am

Really cute!

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Lauriana February 9, 2014 at 11:29 am

It’s a great dress and actually, the bodice looks perfectly right for a mid-1950′s summer frock.

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Patrice February 10, 2014 at 2:44 pm

I can see why it’s your favorite…what a nice fit; very flattering!

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