Vintage Sewing

Vintage Butterick 3738 dress

May 7, 2008

I made the long sleeved version of this lovely dress in a navy blue wool, which I think would be dated around 1966 or so.

The only modifications I made were to shorten the long sleeves to three quarter length and hem the sleeves with a narrow band, use an invisible zip and made a lining for the dress. The dress is a little roomy because I added extra to the seam allowances to allow for my measurments against the pattern measurements, totally forgetting how much ease these vintage patterns have! However I quite like it how it is. This was such a quick and simple dress to make, I may make another perhaps with a contrasting front panel or some piping along the seams to make the front panel stand out more.

More details and photos at my blog. Thanks for reading!
  1. Beautiful work, love the dress and the red accents. You look fabulous. BTW, I made and wore similar dresses in the late 1960s – such a comfortable style and one feels pretty in it too. Thanks for sharing your version that is so right for today.

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