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The Little Red Dress Project, Butterick 5603

By on December 22, 2016

The holidays are now in full swing and I knew I had to hurry and stitch up my holiday dress! Fortunately I was able to fall into the “Little Red Dress Project” guidelines with my 1956 Butterick 5603!

Butterick 5603 | Vintage on Tap

Butterick 5603 | Vintage on Tap

Butterick 5603 | Vintage on Tap

Butterick 5603 | Vintage on Tap

 

I used silk dupioni, silk charmeuse to underline the whole thing, and silk organza to stabilize it. Surprisingly, for a dress with so much hand sewing, it didn’t take more than a few days to complete. The fit itself also wasn’t too difficult, though I did need to change the bust darts into pleats to be able to handle a full bust adjustment of 2″. From the waist, I cut about 5-6 inches to accommodate a small waist length as well.

To see more photos and read more about my specific tips sewing this dress, please check out my blog.
To watch the whole start-to-finish making of video, head on over to YouTube! 

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1950s

Butterick 6835

By on July 2, 2013

I recently had my 5-year wedding anniversary with my husband. We stayed at a lovely bed and breakfast to celebrate properly! For the occasion, I made this dress. Knowing full-well it would be hot that day, I aimed to create something airy with lightweight fabric. Honestly, it was perhaps the most difficult to work with since it was so sheer and had 4-way stretch which was always  trying to escape from my sewing machine. But, it was well worth the effort, as this 1950’s dress turned out lovely and fit like a dream.  I also holed myself up in my sewing corner and whipped this baby out in six hours…determination pays off.

The rest of my post on our little adventure, can be read here. Thanks for reading!

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