Summer is nearly here in Sydney – we’ve just had a bunch of really hot days, and it’s reminded me that I need to make some rayon dresses suitable for work.
The pattern is Butterick 6380, Gertie’s 1940s-inspired dress, and it’s perfect for drapey rayon.
While the pattern went together really easily, I did make a lot of modifications to get the fit I was trying to achieve.
For the front bodice:
- Full bust adjustment
- Cut the chest tabs (that gather the fabric across the bust) slightly longer to hide my bra straps
- Lifted the neckline by an inch at the front for modesty
For the sleeve:
- Large upper arm adjustment
- Reduced some of the puff in the sleeve heads
For the back:
- Cut back on a fold and put zipper in the side instead
- Raised back neckline by an inch
- Tapered in the waist
- Changed skirt for half circle skirt
- Reduced the waistband height by an inch
In total yardarge, the dress used about 1/3 m of plain black rayon for the bust, and about 2.75m of print for the rest.
Overall, I’m thrilled. The fabric is buttery soft, colourful and will be
I have a strong suspicion this dress will become one of my favourite patterns very quickly!