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Butterick 5209 – Trying to get an authentic 40’s look

By on July 13, 2012

So I’m needing a 1940’s impression dress but I wanted it to look as authentic as possible. Taking in the considerations of how rationing in the UK would have affected fabric etc.

First problem what type of fabric? I know silk was in short supply so that’s out.



Something else?

And then you can the case of what prints and colours. What dyes were available? Where the prints geometric or floral, or should I be looking at plain fabrics?


I know what suits me is usually small prints and I like sewing with cotton (I have in my stash some cotton in rusty orange floral print and black floral print). But is it authentic?

I’m using butterick 5209. The skirt section should that be changed from gathered to A-line? As would a gathered skirt be quite lush? I know pleats were a no-no as they took up extra fabric.



I noticed the fabric used in this pattern. Browny orange with little flowers. Close?

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