1950s | Dresses | Vintage Sewing

1950s Green Drop Waist Sundress – Butterick 7754

September 19, 2015

My girlfriends and I attended an adult night cocktail party at a local interactive children’s museum. I really wanted to make a dress that would fit the spirit of the event. I have always loved the drop waist silhouette of the 1950s as it is flattering and flirty! I had this pattern, and was missing some green in my wardrobe.

Butterick 7754 size 18, bust 36. ca. 1956
Butterick 7754 size 18, bust 36. ca. 1956

I used a stretch cotton sateen solid for my bodice, and used my cotton quilt print as the skirt and trim for neckline and armholes.

butterick 7754 trimThis dress was super easy to make. Not including my cutting time, I was able to sew, alter, and hem this dress in one day. The skirt is one large piece with one seam. It is gathered at the drop waist and is semi-full.

Dress front
Dress front with petticoat.

This pattern has a WHOLE LOT of ease. My copy of bust 36 had finished measurements of Bust 40″, waist 32″, upper hips 40″. The darts were perfect for me, so I had to take in 2″ on each side seam. Due to my stretch cotton bodice, I didn’t even have to place the side zipper.  Also to note, this pattern is ideal for a bigger busted gal…up to a D cup due to the neckline gathers. You will most likely just have to drop the front darts, but I wanted to mention it.

butterick 7754 pr review mainOverall, I really loved this pattern. It was quick and easy to make. I am sooo in love with the silhouette, and it could easily work as a sundress or cocktail dress. You can read more at my blog: What’s New Pu55y Cat.

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