I really like this pattern, Butterick 5880. It’s a vintage 1951 reproduction. Those packet drawings always make the frocks look so glamorous. You need to remember though, that the woman’s waist is only as wide as her head. That aside, it’s still an elegant dress. It also fits right in to Frocktober.
Butterick 5880 has been on my sewing list since I saw the gorgeous version by Tulle and Tweed.
It’s described as ‘a lined dress (loose-fitting through bust) has semi-fitted skirt, side back seams, self-lined overlay with left side tuck, side zipper and self belt.’
There’s a handy video, of its construction online. I found it very useful for getting the tucks in the overlay right.
I knew I wanted a navy linen for this dress. Tessuti in Surry Hills were so helpful, they sent me samples of 4 to choose from. I would never have gone with this one if I hadn’t seen the sample. It’s linen with a bit of sparkle. Just right for a slightly dressier look I think.
The dress has some lovely details, like the overlay, the cut out neck and the belt. I also like the side zip. I think that’s a bit of a feature of the era and it adds some class.
I only lined the bodice, figuring there was enough fabric already with the overlay. I shortened the skirt by about 5 inches because I like my skirts just below knee-length.
I interfaced the belt with some hair-canvas I had left over from an early and not so successful jacket. It made a lovely firm yet soft belt. I also made a couple of belt loops to keep the belt in place.
Debbie’s idea about using a silk organza press cloth was brilliant for this fabric. It would have been awful to scorch it. The organza prevents that and you can see through it. Thanks Debbie!
I originally planned this dress to wear to a friend’s wedding, but then found out the bride would be wearing navy. Just have to make another dress for the wedding, oh well 🙂
Pattern: Vintage 1951 Butterick 5880.
Fabric: Linen with a metallic/crinkle finish from Tessuti, quilting cotton bodice lining from HobbySew
Notions: Zip and buckle.
Modifications: lined only the bodice and not the skirt, shortened the skirt and overlay by about 5 inches, added belt loops.
Have you made anything for Frocktober? and have you or are you planning to see the Jean Paul Gaultier? I loved it. and Melbourne, marvelous as ever.