Saturday, September 25, 2010

Butterick 6710

Long time, no see! School started again, so I'm a very busy little bee. I have much less time to sew and to top it off summer's definately over; it was literally like summer one day, fall the next day. This left me feeling quite autumnal and I ended up postponing some more summery projects indefinately. Not only would these garments not get used, but the fabric and the colors were completely off for this time of year. I started looking through my pattern collection, as well as shopping for more vintage beauties, and I've found quite a few things to keep me occupied in the coming months.

Here's the pattern for my first fall project this year:



Here's how my interpretation looks:





I only made my usual adjustement of shortening the hem by two inches. The pattern was very straightforward and I highly recommend it. Here's a close-up of the tab:



The fabric is a chocolate cotton with a turquoise print called Lillies. As you can see, the texture is quite coarse. The fabric is also quite stiff, so I didn't have to wear a crinoline for the above pictures, but I think it would look lovely with a crinoline underneath. The skirt has six gores and is quite full. The buttons are faceted turquoise plastic shank buttons. If I can find some wide turquoise elastic, I'm considering making a cinch belt to match.

I've already got a new project in the works. Here's a little sneak peek:



My camera didn't capture the cute pink color of the fabric very well. Hopefully the pictures of the finished garment will be much better :)

12 comments:

  1. I love that tab - what a cute detail. oh, and thanks for the "Eva Dress" link from one of your comments on sewretro. i didn't know that site existed. i'm new to sewing, following blogs, sewing sites, etc., so it was a great find for me. oh, and i already said this on sewretro, but i just love the fabric you've chosen for this beautiful pattern, and it looks stunning on you :)

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  2. Just a perfect dress. I love the collar, tab and skirt...hey, I love the whole thing!

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  3. Beautiful dress! I love the details.

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  4. Very flattering and such a lovely colour! That tab and the buttons are really cute!

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  5. Thank you so much everyone! As always, your kind words are highly appreciated :)

    Rhonda: I'm glad you found the link useful; Alexandra has such a gorgeous selection of otherwise very expensive patterns :)

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  6. I came here from the Vintage Patterns Wiki specifically to say how much your versions stood out from the pack. I am not surprised to see that in the sidebar you call out clothing "that actually fit me and had proper construction," because that, as well as fabric choices of the appropriate weight and hang, are what make your clothes really superior. Thanks for showing us what they're really supposed to look like!

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  7. I love your dress!! I lvoe shirtdresses, the fabric of your dress is so beatiful, I love a lot those two colors, when you do the belt in the other color please post pictures!

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  8. That's a really cute dress! The pattern and fabric really compliment each other. Also, can I say I love the fabric? And the buttons? :)

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  9. Thank you so much for your wonderful comments, everyone! I'm so flattered! :D

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  10. Stumbled across your blog from Sew Retro. I'm drooling over your dresses. Gorgeous work!!

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  11. That is so, so pretty! LOVE the fabric!

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