As I mentioned in a recent post I have been on a bit of a republished vintage pattern spree recently. I bought a bunch of them on sale a while back and have been working my way through them and really enjoying them. In the case of this particular one, Retro Butterick B5209, I was actually gifted it, along with the Liberty Tana lawn from the lovely people at Minerva Crafts who invited me to explore their online shop. Wasn’t that nice! They do have an impressive range of sewing supplies on their website, loads of sewing patterns and even more dress fabric. So be sure to check them out if you haven’t already.
I chose this fabric on account of the distinctly 1940′s feel it has as I felt it complemented the style of the dress. Red and burgundy are not part of my usual colour palette and I do think this would be a lot better suited to a slightly darker skin tone but sometimes it’s nice to step outside of one’s comfort zone and wear something a bit different. When I wore the dress for the first time I also discovered that the orange- red in it perfectly matches one of my favourite lipsticks- Lady Danger by Mac. Coincidink! I also think it’s a good colour palette for early autumn, nice and rich and would look good with a cardigan and over stockings.
The dress itself is rated as an easy pattern and it really, really is! It would be perfect for a beginner, great instructions and nothing more challenging than popping in a zip. That being said I still managed to make a bit of a booboo, despite over a decade of sewing experience (wow that makes me sound old!) and prepared the dress for a regular lapped zipper only to find that I only had an invisible zip to hand. For those of you who don’t use invisible/ concealed zips you have to insert them BEFORE stitching up the rest of the seam rather than afterwards like you do with a regular zipper and you use a different type of foot. If I was patient I could have waited until the next day and gone and got a regular zip but instead I inserted the concealed zip with a regular zipper foot as a lapped zip. It worked okay but I wouldn’t necessarily recommend it. Note to self (and any fellow impatient sewists)- double check supplies before beginning!!
I didn’t do much to change the pattern on the toile- I reduced the sleeves a little to compensate for the way in which my square shoulders jut this style out a bit dramatically and I was in-between sizes so I sized up and reduced the waist. Apparently I wasn’t zealous enough and the finished dress was still a little baggy around the middle but rather than unpick and take it in I decided to whip up a narrow little self-covered belt instead. I am actually quite pleased about this outcome as I really love little self- covered belts.
Have you made up any of the republished vintage big- four patterns? How did you like them? And are you ever tempted by fabric that you know is not really the best colours for you?
Thanks for reading!