Well hello there! It’s been awhile. Lots of sewing has been done, just nothing documented really, so I thought I would just jump on into a dress I finished recently and was pleasantly surprised by.
A few months ago, I purchased Butterick 6055 on a pattern buying binge at Joann. I decided to purchase several of these vintage reproduction patterns because I’ve been feeling a pull to vintage style because…..#reasons. I’ve always loved vintage, but I’ve also poo-pooed it because I felt really costumey in it. A couple of weeks ago, I stumbled upon Heather B’s vintage transformation and that post and everything about it really really resonated with me (Heather’s blog is here). I had already made this 6055 dress and instantly starting thinking, yeah WHY am I not embracing this more? I already stick out like a sore thumb because I wear dresses and skirts a lot, but why not just do that more? I mean, is there really anything to lose here? It makes me happy!
With that in mind, I made this vintage inspired frock. Butterick 6055 is a 1950s reproduction day dress pattern. I used an Art Gallery voile that I had in the stash and felt that the fabric and sewing pattern married really well. It wasn’t too stiff, so the skirt wasn’t crazypants, and the floral works well for this design. I made adjustments, as you may have gathered (that’s a great sewing pun, right?? wink wink). I wasn’t keen on those sleeves and if I’m honest, I’m not a big fan of cut-on sleeves in a woven garment anyway, so I worked on tailoring those more around the arm and that involved adding a gusset to the armpit, which I waffled about for like a week. Below is my best attempt at photographing the gusset – it’s there, it’s just more of a “where’s waldo” kind of effort to find it. The gusset resulted in more arm movement, which is no surprise as I’ve read about that a lot (Kenneth King’s articles in Threads on this subject are always worth the read – he does this trick mostly in jackets). The bodice had to be lengthened for me and outside of that, this dress pattern really didn’t have any other fitting issues for me. Were I to make this again, I might try to add some room in the upper back. This fabric has some give and for a fabric that doesn’t, this would be snug dress. I would also make the gusset in the sleeve bigger.
I added a couple of belt loops in the back just because that’s me. I like my belts to stay put and not float around or up and down, which they are prone to do on my body, and belt loops are the way to go for that. And yes, I went all out for the pocket and the little tie. I noticed that not many who have made this dress have made the tie for the pocket and I know why, which is why I felt like the floral pattern of the fabric here helps this whole ensemble. You’re able to pull off the little ties because they add texture instead of cheese. Am I right or am I right?
This dress has me considering a waist cincher. Still deciding on that, but hey, why not give that a try? Maybe, dare I say, even a petticoat? My official pattern review is on Pattern Review (here) if you’re interested in making this frock yourself.
Sadly, I’ve written nothing of my experience making a summer collection ala Emily Hallman. I love her stuff! Gah! I was spellbound when reading about collections on her blog, so I decided to give it a try and made a black and white collection this past summer. What a revelation that whole thing was! Systems are good things! So, I’m doing a collection again. This dress is part of my Orange and Gray collection for Fall 2018. This will be the first post for that collection and I’ll work on getting a page that has all my collections linked. Sewing in a collection taught me so much more about how everything works together to make a closet full of wearable garments, so I’m going to keep trying to utilize this idea in my own sewing.
It’s good to be putting up a blog post! I hope you are doing well (if you still read my blog….). My life has changed a lot in the past couple of years, which has been a great thing for me. I’m feeling really great about my life on so many levels. It’s been a long journey but I’m happy to say that I’m HAPPY! Woot! I love sharing and being inspired by everyone’s sewing creations and I really want to participate in that again. I’m looking at pulling back a lot from what I did before, which mostly means participating in very select areas online. So, I’m on Pattern Review and am looking at doing many more reviews on there – I feel this is only proper since I use that site so much but never put up anything myself.
It’s good to be back! More soon!