Sunday, May 29, 2011

A new dress! Butterick Retro B5209

After the gigantic fabric score, I got a major jones to sew again. I go through these stages where I want to sit for like a week and just be left alone to sew, and then other times I get all over something else. I’ve sewing for over 20 years, and I grew up with my mom sewing. My great-grandmother, who was named Sadie, was a dressmaker/alterations lady for dress shops for years and years. It’s in my blood. I know that if I had the time, I could get really good and make some great stuff! Just takes time…sigh!

Anyway, I found two precious yards of this darling 40s cotton:


I knew I wouldn’t have enough for a whole dress, so I decided to make the top of the Butterick pattern out of it. There was some staining in the middle that just would not come out, so I had to cut around the icky parts.


I cut the bodice lining out of the skirt fabric to save the vintage fabric. I used a black broadcloth for the skirt. I had about 3/4 yard of the vintage fabric left over, so back in the stash it went.

Here is the pattern:


I made the version on the right, and it went together so fast! VERY easy and fun. If I had had the time, I could have made this in a day, from start to finish. (I will get a shot of the dress soon.) I need some more simple cotton or rayon dresses that will be cool for our horrible Phoenix summer, that cover the annoying bit of fat under my arms and also I can swing dance freely in. This dress runs true to size and fits pretty well. I have found that the retro Butterick patterns run large most of the time, but I love this one. I want to make it a few more times!

I might make the skirt more “swingy” next time because when I am dancing, I love having my skirt swish around. But for a nice basic summery dress that is easy to make, I highly recommend this one!

Happy sewing!



  1. Hey Sis,

    I'm so glad you found time to sew. I can't wait to see the other dress we talked about though. I'm sorry I didn't respond sooner, but thank you so much for the lovely visit. Your home is truly sweet and comfy and I had such a great time. It is truly a pleasure to know someone with your spirit and sense of style. Thank you for being you.

    Big Hugs,

  2. LOVE THE FABRIC! Love the style. Could live in dresses and skirts ALL summer.

  3. I'm your newest follower (Meri sent me!). LOVE the name of your blog ~ super cute:)

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    Happy 4th of July!


  4. Hello! I've just got this pattern to make 5 bridesmaid dresses! - Did you finish it in the end and can we see a picture??? Did you have to alter the pattern to your measurements at all or did you just cut out your normal dress size? Anyway I love your blog and your style!! I'm a redhead too! - My Grandmother who is 90 this year gave it to me with her fantastic genes!! hehe! Gotta love redhead grandma's!! - It's faded into a beautiful apricot colour now as she's aged. Not a grey hair on her head!! x