February 27, 2011

Butterick 5059

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My red dress is complete! It felt like it took forever since there was quite a bit of handsewing for this pattern. I'm still not exactly sure as to the date of this pattern but I love it's mod stylings. It's designed by "Jean Muir" who was a "60's fashion icon," so my guess remains late 60's or early 70's. I picked this to go with the Sewing through the Decades Challenge. Here's my version:
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I really need to start ironing my finished products before I get my husband to take photos, look at all those wrinkles and creases

I ended up thinking that the skirt was too big and I took it in quite a bit, but that of course ended up being a bit of a mistake since the dress now looks really boxy on me. (or maybe it's just me?) I'm not really sure this style suits my body type very well, I end up looking very rectangular and flat chested. I do have broad sholders so maybe that's why.

I messed up a bit with the fake belt detail (it ended up centred rather than off centre) so I had to add a second button to balance it out. I hemmed it a bit on the long side since I'm not sure that I can still pull off something so short (check out the mile long legs on that red dressed model).

This shot is a bit better:
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Maybe I should just always stand with my hands at my waist. Overall though I think it's pretty cute. I love the curved seams that make up the bodice. I think this pattern could be modified into a really cute top.

9 comments:

  1. I think this is fabulous. Regarding the fit..most mod dresses fit busts a little flat. The placement of the faux belt helps with the curves. I don't think it makes you look flat or boxy. love the color too!

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  2. Had to come over here from Sew Retro to tell you how gorgeous that dress is.. and how well it fits. Then I read how much you dont like it? Oh no!!!

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  3. I came to your blog b/c I follow Sew Retro on my google reader... I like it! I also agree that the dress looks cute, and the button belt thing across the waist gives it enough shape. It would make a good "work dress" in a neutral color or darker color, too! I put "work dress" in quotation marks because I have no occasion to wear things like that, but I like them and picture them as something someone wears to an office job.

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  4. Lovely dress, very true to the original. There is a bit of A-line to the dress shape and this looks lovely on you. It works for current day very well I think.

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  5. @ nightowl & Heidi: After all the nice comments I feel like maybe I was a bit too harsh on the dress. I think I'm just really not used to the shape of this era.

    @ Bobbins of Basil: I agree, this would be a cute work dress in a neutral colour. I too don't really work in a place where this would a good outfit (I'm in the office but at an industrial-type setting) but think a downtown office worker could really rock this.

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  6. Fabulous!The dress was very fun and looks great on you, the detail of the buttons is very nice.

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  7. wow! IT IS PERFECT! Ilove the color and the style, great job!! and your look great !

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  8. I LOVE it! It looks FANTASTIC! I don't think it looks too boxy at all. I love the fit and the color! YAY!!!

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