Butterick 5281

Hello fellow vintage sewists!

This dress is probably one of my favorites that I’ve made for myself.

Butterick 5281

This dress is a 1946 reproduction Retro Butterick 5281.  The fabric I used is Anna Sui “Owl Eyes” Rayon/Cotton Challis.  I’ve never sewn with challis before and found it to be a pretty easy sew fabric.  After prewashing it got pretty soft and goes perfect with the light tan cotton batiste that I used for the lining.  I used a cotton twill for the belt and added some fuschia buttons for a faux closure on the bodice.  I made this dress to enter in Fabric Mart’s Julie’s Picks contest (which starts this week for voting!) and also for Lucky Lucille’s Sew for Victory.  I wore this to a meeting last week and it got some rave reviews!  There is nothing that I don’t like about this dress and as it’s a very wearable vintage inspired garment, I definitely plan to be sporting it for years to come. :)

Butterick 5281

 

Happy Sewing!

 

 

 

 

 

Further info/photos on my blog

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After almost a month of no sewing, I got my groove back with this 1946 Butterick reprint (B5281). I originally planned on wearing this out to see Wicked but I didn’t get it done on time this chartreuse linen that was the only “green” in my stash ended up reading too casual.

I used 3 vintage buttons as accent pieces and I think they really make the dress! It’s very comfortable to wear and I see myself wearing it a lot this summer.

If you’d like to read the construction details or hear how I accidentally turned my hair purple (which thankfully, my camera didn’t pick up in these shots!), pop over to my blog.

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I pulled out one of my favorite wool pencil skirts to wear this week, made using Simplicity 4047.  This skirt makes me want to sew up a bunch of blouses to match.

The wool is what was leftover from my construction of Butterick 5281.

I love when I can squeeze two projects out of one length of wool!  It makes me think I am getting away with something . . .

And I have finished my new wool coat!  While it is not vintage, per se, it definitely has that feel, so I thought I would share it with you.

As always, more pictures may be found over at Lilacs & Lace.

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