"You're not going to believe this, but Julia Bobbin has done something different and made a vintage dress!"
Said no one, ever.
Yes that's right, I make a lot of vintage. You're more likely to find a 50's ball gown in my closet than a pair of jeans (though I do love them!). And people, I don't think it's ever going to change. Wearing vintage for me is like putting on a pair of sweat pants at the end of a long day; it just makes me feel comfortable.
But don't freak out, I love my modern too, and my next few blog posts are a delicious mix of 'now' clothes.
But I digress ...
It's Butterick 5603 in it's original form. Does that pattern ring a bell? It might be because I've used this pattern FOUR times already to make a pencil skirt version.
Butterick 5603 Version B. I stitched this up in a size 14.
I used a quilting cotton that I purchased from Spotlight a while ago.
I used an invisible zipper and inserted it down the centre back instead of the side. I didn't see anything wrong with this until I realised half way through my cutting that the back of the skirt does not have a centre back seam. Oops. I ended up slashing it down the centre back with a tiny allowance and it worked ok. Phew!
I also did a FBA (Full Bust Adjustment) on the bodice which definitely helped.
Instead of making facings I used bias binding to edge the neck and sleeves as the dress isn't lined.
It's fair to say I like this pattern, seeing as I've borrowed from it five times. This however is sort of the first time I've really made the pattern, as I made it without styling alterations. I love how the gored skirt and fitted bodice give a flattering and feminine shape.
The little ties at the top of the shoulders add to the sweetness of this dress and the full skirt is fun and swirly.
The dress is teamed with a burgundy pair of heels, and a nice full petticoat, which makes such a difference when you're wearing a full skirt!
I finished off the look with my favourite lipstick at the moment 'Siam' by Nars. I was overcome with 'I have to have this colour' when I read the fabulous review by my girl over at Muskstick Mao who knocks this colour out of the park!
Hooray for another finished project!
Have a look at your me-mades. Do you have a pattern that keeps repeating itself? Your favourite go-to? I'd love to know!