Subversive Femme

FO: Simply red sheath dress (Butterick 6308, c. 1952)

Have you ever thought long and hard about how many hours a week you spend at work (and the percentage of waking hours)? I had a moment last week, realising that I need more vintage clothing for work thats easy to wear and clean – the vintage handwashing is getting overwhelming.

Recently, I was lucky enough to grab some cheap but gorgeous rusty bengaline at my local fabric store and realised how perfect it would be for Butterick 6308, a repro from 1952.
The pattern itself was super easy to sew – I didn’t even need a zip as the fabric was so stretchy.
  The faux chest pockets and button detailing were directly inspired from a 1950’s dress I had seen online.
Probably my favourite detail is the pointed cuffs – I didn’t interface anything on the dress except these as I needed them to stick out slightly.
The back has some lovely double kick pleats, which I admit are painful to press into bengaline. I may try starching them to see if they’ll stay put.
  • Cut a size smaller all over to allow for the stretch fabric
  • Lengthened the hem by an inch
  • Shortened the bodice by half an inch (short waist)
  • Lowered the under bust darts so they wern’t so pointy.
Overall, very happy and super comfortable for work. I’m not sure I would make this again, as it’s so distinctive, but maybe use it as a base for another dress.
  • Shoes – Miss L Fire Lanai
  • Hair Clip – Mimco
  • Belt – my own
  • 1940’s sweetheart necklace – gift from Jakk
Enjpy your weekend, and don’t forget, Curvy Month starts on 1 July!

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    Ellie Morris
    June 26, 2016 at 9:15 am

    This dress is gorgeous, and I love the colour you used!

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    June 26, 2016 at 1:11 pm

    Love the dress and how the color matches your hair

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    June 26, 2016 at 3:24 pm

    Gorgeousness! Love the color, those buttons and it looks great on you. Good Job!

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    June 26, 2016 at 4:42 pm

    It looks like it should be a Tatyana dress! What a perfect make!

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    Zola Spud
    June 26, 2016 at 6:02 pm

    So lovely! Love your mods xx

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    June 27, 2016 at 5:45 am

    This is stunning! I love the details you chose, they really make it.

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    Jessica Cangiano
    June 28, 2016 at 9:01 am

    Magnificent! That is one of my favourite colours ever (especially since it reminds me so much of fall time on this side of the equator). What a chic, stunning dress, dear Bex. Stellar job with it!

    xoxo ♥ Jessica

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    June 29, 2016 at 8:39 am

    Amazing job! Very inspirational for a beginner sewer like me x

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    July 7, 2016 at 10:14 pm

    Would you mind me sharing this on Sassy Sewing Bees in the future? I link to your post and let you know when. https://www.facebook.com/SassySewingBees

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    July 8, 2016 at 9:15 am

    Of course, that's fine doll! Xx

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    July 8, 2016 at 10:59 pm

    Thanks. I will let you know when, on this post. https://www.facebook.com/SassySewingBees

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    Jayne M
    July 27, 2016 at 7:33 am

    Gorgeous! I do love a kick pleat!

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    August 28, 2016 at 10:26 am

    To be shared on SSB Thursday. Thanks for permitting. https://www.facebook.com/SassySewingBees

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    May 24, 2018 at 3:50 pm

    What a gorgeous, knock out, comfy looking dress! I love the accents you added, they really make it unique 😀

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