1940s | Dresses

1946 “Owl Eyes” Challis Dress

By on April 15, 2013

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

 

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1940s | Buttons | Dresses | Vintage Sewing

1940s Linen Dress

By on June 5, 2012

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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1940s | 1950s | Coats | Dresses | Skirts

I Heart Wool

By on December 16, 2011

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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