1940s | Vintage Sewing

Butterick 5152 Coven Dress

November 8, 2013

I wanted to make an “American Horror Story: Coven” inspired dress for Halloween that could be worn on other occasions too. I chose the vintage 1940’s pattern Butterick 5152 and made it up in some black poly chiffon. I had originally wanted to use burnout velvet but because of the cost I decided to try hand painting onto the chiffon instead but it didn’t take. Full story of my chiffon painting mishaps here! I like this pattern, particularly the gathers and the cuff sleeves and intend to make another in velvet for loungewear.



I still have to hem it (was in a rush to be ready for Halloween) and I think the dress needs to be styled with less witchy shoes to be wearable all year round, but it worked great with my lace-up boots and a veil for Halloween. The veil is polka dot mesh and was inspired by the promo pic of Jessica Lange which you can see in my inspiration post. I just cut the size I wanted, leaving the edges raw and secured with bobby pins.

More spooky pics and close-ups on my blog thehollywoodsew.com

  1. I love this! Beautiful bodice, looks so elegant in the chiffon and I bet it will be equally lovely in velvet. I can imagine the velvet in a cream or champagne tone. Wear it in good health!

  2. Swore I commented on this the other day but I guess not. This dress is absolutely gorgeous! Agreed with Lise this would be wonderful in champagne as well.

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