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Simply Red Sheath Dress (Butterick 6308, c. 1952)

July 12, 2016

I love being able to wear vintage (or reproductions) to work and this dress definitely fits the bill.

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The pattern is Butterick 6308, a reproduction of one of their designs fom 1952.

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I made my version out of stretch bengaline, which makes it super comfortable for work (and weight fluctuations).

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I also added faux chest pockets, and vintage buttons sewn around the edge of the pockets – similar to a vintage dress I had seen online.

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As for mods, I only made a few:

 

  • Cut a size smaller all over to allow for the stretch fabric
  • Lengthened the hem by an inch
  • Shortened the bodice by half an inch (short waist)
  • Lowered the under bust darts so they wern’t so pointy.

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I definitely love this dress, and would consider making another but probably without the kick pleats as I found them a bit painful to press.

Thanks for reading, and as always more photos and information on my blog Subversive Femme 

xxx

 

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