Vintage Sewing

Yet another introduction!

July 16, 2007
Hello all-

My name is Kristen, and I live in beautiful Arlington, Virginia. I have been sewing for several years, but until fairly recently, I was firmly in favor of hand sewing rather than machine sewing. Well, a couple of months ago, I broke down and bought a machine when I got tired of having no cute clothes, and wanted the ability to whip up the cute retro dresses that I saw around at horribly inflated prices. I mostly like clothing from the 20s and 30s, although my lack of any discernable waistline or hips make pulling off those styles rather difficult (Oh my poor, beautiful discarded Vogue 2494) So, I’ve been making a lot of dresses from the 50s.

Just so it isn’t an all-text post, here is a picture of my most recent creation, a Butterick 4919, in dirt cheap (and worth every penny) taffeta. I know others here have made it, and so you know the unpleasantness that is this pattern. I’m happy with the final result, but I wonder if it was worth the unhappiness. The feather cap is vintage from the 1940s. The shoes are vintage Payless. I made it in about a day, as evidenced byt the awful seam up the center of the skirt. I’m wearing it with a makeshift crinoline, made the night before.

  1. LOVE THE DRESS! The color is divine and very becoming to you. I too lack much of a waistline (4 c-sections will do that to a person!), but I envy your bust! Keep up the great work and welcome!

  2. So cute! Love the hat and the matching pocketbook. And that’s a great color and shape on you (I have a real weakness for that color green too).

  3. Beautiful dress, very nice color choice and quite flattering on you! I have this pattern and plan on making it next… thanks for the inspiration.

  4. Very beautiful. I LOVE the color.

    That Butterick 4919 is pretty bad if following their directions. I was going to make another but haven’t as of yet.

  5. Ooooh, my favourite colour green. Deluxe. And I had no idea that pattern was so user-unfriendly… I was thinking of trying it out but won’t bother now. You’d think that Butterick got a second chance at printing it that they would have improved the directions!

  6. Regardless of the issues you have with it, you look fabulous in the dress! The green color is perfect for you as is the style. Keep sewing vintage!

  7. You know, it’s funny that I keep reading about other people having issues with the pattern and I don’t remember having any. It’s been awhile since I’ve made mine and I could just be fuzzy on the details, but it seemed simple…

    Yours is great anyway, it’s a gorgeous color and I love the hat.

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