Sunday, June 14, 2009

Butterick 5869... Vintage

Previously, I had said that I have been inspired by vintage patterns. I love the look of vintage clothing. Check out Jessica and Erin on their blogs. They are always so cute and stylish and give me lots of ideas. I'm not really into shopping for actual vintage clothing but making vintage inspired garments is very appealing to me. I don't want to make anything that looks like a costume. Rather, I want to make vintage styles that are still wearable today. I've got quite a little collection of vintage patterns started... mostly purchased from Ebay and Etsy.

This is my first creation. It is a simple sun dress. I love the style for casual summer days!

I was a little intimidated by the idea of vintage patterns. I thought that the instructions might be in a different language or something. However, not much has changed from when this pattern was made until now. This one does not have a date on it but I believe it to be from the 70's or early 80's. One thing that is different with vintage patterns is that they are single sized only. This one is a size 14. I did not make any alterations to the pattern and it fits just fine.

I really like the simplicity of this dress. I love the back detail which has a button closure on the back band. I omitted the pockets. And I added a fabric belt of the same material to draw in the waist. Otherwise it could get very potato sack looking.

I used a cotton lawn from Denver Fabrics. This garment cost my less than $10 to make... not bad at all!

The instructions were easy to follow. I whipped the dress up in about three hours, not including cutting time.



  1. You look very beautiful in this dress. The style is very becoming on you. I am impressed. You should probably use this pattern again with other fabrics.



  2. You wouldn't image this dress looking so good based on the pattern illustration. I was a little frightened to scroll down! Well done.