I made this dress over the summer and I’m just now sharing it with you…. Better late than never! There are actually two more dresses in the queue that I also made and wore over the summer. But really, it may be fall in the northern hemisphere, but it’s been very summery here in California until just recently!
This dress is made with Butterick 6363, a 1940’s style dress pattern in the Making History collection designed by Nancy Farris-Thee. I made view B, which is an incredibly quick and easy sew.
Along with grading this pattern up, I did the following alterations: swayback adjustment to the back bodice, enlarged sleeves and added length to the skirt. I finished the neckline with Hug Snug rayon seam binding, hand sewing both the neckline and the sleeve hems. I just did a quick turn and topstitch on the bottom hem and finished the seams with my serger.
The fabric is this glorious green floral shirting that I picked up at Britex last year. I only had three yards of it and used every bit of it to make this dress. This dress is a little sheer, so I have to wear a slip with it. The slip I’m wearing in these photos in a silk/cotton jersey and I do see that it clings a little on the back. The buttons are vintage and probably from the 40’s/50’s and might be bakelite…. I’m not sure. If I had more fabric and time (and a green buckle!), I probably would have made a self fabric belt as well.
Even with the hand sewing, I think this only took me a day to sew. It certainly is a satisfying dress to make, plus I love patterns that only take a few yards of fabric to sew up.
When I was getting ready to take these photos, I thought how nice a hat would look with this dress. I pictured a 40’s sun hat, which I don’t have. I do have two green hats from the 50’s, but they are wool and don’t work with this. Just now as I put this post together, I remembered that this pattern has a hat pattern with it. I’m definitely going to add that to my list for next year.
I like this simple dress, although I usually like a fuller skirt. I bought this pattern as I really like view A, with the collar and button down front. I’ll probably make that version someday and I think I will widen the skirt at the hips.
Also, I’ve been practicing wet sets for the past few months and am working on mastering the brush out. I took these photos last month though. I think I’ve got even better with the styling in the last couple of weeks. 🙂
- Dress: Butterick 6363 in cotton shirting, made by me
- Shoes: Remix Vintage
- Belt: Macy’s
- Necklace: BaubleBar
- Pin: Redbird Vintage Box
- Earrings: Gift
- Lipstick: Besame 1931 Carmine (affiliate link)