Butterick Patterns by Gertie B6380 - 1940s Style Tea Dress3/12/2017
|Butterick Patterns by Gertie B6380 - 1940s Style Tea Dress|
I'm so excited to share this dress with you! I feel so lucky with my sewing mojo having made my two of my new favourite dresses in a row (the first being THIS Simplicity number). I've be lusting after this Butterick B6380 pattern since it came out and have had it in my pattern stash since last year, waiting for the right fabric to come along! It's a classic 1940s vintage style tea dress, designed by my sewing muse Gertie.
Here's a peek at the pattern:
|Such a lovely, simple vintage style|
|Why didn't I make you sooner?|
|I love the details of the pattern, especially the neckline.|
Instead of a lapped zipper, I chose my trusty old concealed zip. I did have a little bit of a wobble trying to figure sewing the concealed zip with a full lining, but only at the bottom of the zip. It looks lovely and tidy from the outside, but there is a bump on the lining on the inside. But I can live with that.
I'm a UK 10/12 with a 34DD bust, I cut the size 14 on the packet. Once I had sewn the dress up to the point of adding the zip, I made some alterations to fit my shape. Personally, I like to cut a generous size and take it in later after trying on. Having a large bust, I find this the easiest way to get around it. I could have done a full bust adjustment to the pattern piece, but this style of the bust and neckline are pretty flexible. Once I had taken a few inches off the back, it fits like a glove.
Pattern: Butterick Pattern by Gertie 6380 Sweeheart Neckline Dress with Gathered Bodice
Fabric: 2m (with plenty left over) of viscose Sailors Night Anchor & Stars fabric and a satin lining
Notions: 22" concealed zip & 3 buttons to finish
Sewing time: 1 day and the hem on the following day
Modifications: I used a concealed zip instead of a lapped zipper and altered the pattern size (as stated above)
Fit: After a few tweaks, it fits perfectly!
Difficulty: Simpler than I thought, but certainly a challenge. Great project for confident beginners and for advanced seamstresses alike.
Watch out for: Getting even gathers and making sure the centre front point is precise.
Make again?: Yes! I really enjoyed this pattern.
Overall, you can probably tell, I'm over the moon with this dress. I think the design is super flattering on me and will be great for ladies with a larger bust and hourglass figures. I wore it with my favourite Coffee Seamed Stockings from my shop for a true 1940s look and I think they were meant to be.
To see this dress in action, I wore it in my Sew & Tell | February 2017 video over on my NEW YouTube channel. Please do subscribe!
Thanks for reading, pinups!
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