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Retro Butterick B5813

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Sun is shining and it feels like spring, today. So finally there was enough light for me to take pictures of my winter makes. The first item that I will post is Retro Butterick pattern B5813.

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This pattern was amazing! I made the version C with the large flared skirt and a belt. According to my measurements, I would be size 12 but after checking the actual size of the garment (which was thankfully written on the pattern sheet) I made size 10 which fitted me perfectly.

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My fabric was lightweight viscose with tiny red and white flowers on dark blue background. Unfortunately the pattern of the dress required some really painstaking pattern aligning but finally I was happy with the results. The dress is fully lined and there is an invisible zipper hidden in the side seam. The belt buckle is an actual vintage buckle I bought from ebay.

The sewing of the dress was easy but very slow with all the small pattern pieces and a huge amount of darts in the sleeves. (Three per each sleeve and lining makes 12 sleeve darts!)

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Since making this dress I have been planning to make another using the same pattern. For anyone not afraid of a larger sewing project here is a perfect vintage dress pattern!

4 Comments

  1. Veronica Nichols

    I love that!

    16 . May . 2017
    • kk

      Thanks, Veronica!

      14 . Jun . 2017
  2. SABINE FRANCKE

    Thanks for sharing your experience with this pattern; could you post your measures to correlate sizing?
    Could you comment further on the pattern alignment?
    Sabine

    04 . Sep . 2018
    • kk

      Thank you for the comment! Unfortunately I made the dress so long ago that my measurements have changed considerably. Nowadays that dress is quite tight on me if it even fits! I usually don’t allow much ease at bust. Perhaps an inch. I recommend comparing the measurements to a garment that you already own to estimate the fit.

      I like aligning fabric pattern at the seams so that the seams do not show. Think about a check fabric and how awful it would look if the check pattern didn’t align over the seam. In this dress there’s a seam at the centre front so any misalignment would show. With careful pinning I managed to make the seam almost disappear.

      I hope this helps!

      Katja

      04 . Sep . 2018

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