Vintage Sewing

Butterick 5209 Retro ’47 Re-Issue

May 24, 2009

I have made two versions of this dress, but I’m only 100% done with this one:

I also made the other one, View B, which has sleeves of a sort and does not have an open back. I’ve actually worn it, but it’s going back for changes. The sleeves are unflattering, and the low-cut bust gaps and does not maintain bra invisibility. I added a pocket to the right side seam in both versions.
See the pattern here.
It comes together quick, and the longest step was cutting. The bodice is self lined (even the sleeved one) so there’s a whole 2nd set of pieces to be cut and marked. The skirt has one pattern piece cut 4x, so again, another set of cutting and marking. Even with that, this is a very quick pattern with clear, easy to understand instructions.
I intend to make another halter version in a dark batik fabric because I think I can get it kind of tiki-va-va-voom. I’ve really wanted a tiki-va-va-voom type dress since I saw this pattern:

Because I’m sure I’ll never see that pattern for sale. What are the chances? More over on my blog.
  1. That is absolutely adorable!!! I really want to make a dress like that one, it is GREAT!!!
    ♥ Teresa

  2. I’ve made the version with the back and sleeves. The sleeves don’t look like the illustration on me, they follow the line of my (sloping) shoulders instead of being straight. Is it like that for you too?

  3. yes Monika, I think that’s the problem. I have really wide high shoulders, but they make them look sloping. The makes the girls look droopy, and while I do have a lot of chest above them, you can see they don’t look like that in the yellow dress.

    I’ve got the seersucker one apart and nearly done into a sort of racerback configuration.

    I just have to fix the gaping at the cleavage now, and then it *will* be done so I can wear it today.

    Seersucker for Memorial Day!

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