Saturday, 25 April 2015

Vintage Pledge: Butterick 4795

It has been a while since I joined in with a sewalong but I couldn't resist joining in with the Vintage Pledge this year. My pledge is make three patterns over the course of year. I know two of the three I will make and want to share the first today. 

A couple of years ago, Hazel sent me Butterick 4795 as part of the Spring Swap. I loved the silhouette and the front panel. The pattern is cut but complete and comes with a previous owner's handwritten note on the front detailing how she planned to make version B. 

Butterick 4795

The reason this pattern sat so long in my increasing pattern collection is the fabric. I needed to wait for the perfect combination. I knew I wanted a contrast front panel but it had to compliment the rest of the dress. Eventually I found this combination in the M is for Make spring sale. The main fabric is Robert Kaufman's Brussels Washer in Mist, a 55% linen 45% rayon mix. It feels and behave like linen but the rayon gives it more drape. The panel is Feathers Mineral cotton voile by Charley Harper of Birch Fabrics. Both fabrics are of really good quality and were wonderful to work with. 

Butterick 4795

I originally graded up the pattern as my waist measurements were well off those of the pattern. This turned out to be a waste of time as it came out as an enormous sack! Adam and I started to pinch out the fabric to see what alterations were actually needed and it turned out none were. I threw out the toile and retraced the pattern while making a mental note to more carefully measure the pattern next time. I'm pretty happy with the fit from the packet although the neckline is high and it can have a chocking effect when I lean far forward. There is also a lot of excess fabric across my chest but overall it fits well. 

Butterick 4795

The dress is incredibly easy to make except for the sharp points at the top of the front panel. I carefully transferred the markings from the pattern and traced in the seam lines before stitching slowly. I'm really thrilled with how they turned out. I added a lapped zip as the only the zip I had to hand was a normal one but in the wrong shade of green. It would have looked ridiculous on show so I tried a new technique. I followed Sunni's free zip class on Craftsy and was delighted with the result.

Butterick 4795

The dress is designed not to be lined. I'm trying to get into the habit of lining all of my dresses and added one here. I skipped the front panel by mashing the front pieces together and adding bust darts. The lining is a peach poly lining that I bought at the Birmingham Rag Market for £1m. I was surprised by the quality for the price - it doesn't have many of those annoying features you normally expect with poly lining. 

Butterick 4795

I absolutely adore this dress and have worn it to the office every week since completing it. I can see it being worn all year round as it will be easy to layer with tights and a cardi in the winter. Have you joined the Vintage Pledge? If so, how are you getting on?


14 comments:

  1. This is such a pretty make Claire! And your fabric combination looks amazing. I really like the yoke detail - it almost looks like a collar from the front :) I only have two vintage patterns in my stash. So I didn't fell the need to join the sew along. They can wait :) but I'm looking forward to see your other two makes.

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    1. Thanks, Daniela. The yoke detail is just lovely.

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  2. This is lovely Claire. The shaping and the front panel on the pattern is really nice. I'd love to see it made up in a tweedy suiting fabric for winter.

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    1. I hadn't thought about a winter version - great idea!

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  3. Absolutely gorgeous Claire! And the beauty of going to the effort to line it, is that you really will be able to wear it with tights in cooler weather! So annoying about the sizing/grading issue, but you made it work perfectly in the end! Thanks for taking part...now pinned here with all the other gorgeous #vintagepledge makes https://www.pinterest.com/stitchodyssey/2015-vintage-sewing-pattern-pledge/

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    1. Thanks, Marie. It's great to be able to take part this year and bring some of the patterns up the "to make" list.

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  4. Well worth the effort, great dress!

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    1. Thanks, Debbie. Glad you like it.

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  5. Aaah! That dress is so nice! And so you! I'm really glad it worked out at the end. May I be cheeky and ask if I could have a look at that Brussels Washer fabric in person? I am looking for nice fabric for a dress I am planning to make soon and I think this one could work quite well!

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    1. Thank you! The next time I see you, I'll either wear the dress or bring a swatch. Remind me!

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  6. It's beautiful - what a lovely idea to sew vintage patterns.

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    1. Thanks, Teresa. Vintage patterns are so much fun!

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  7. Lovely dress that looks stunning on you! Love the fabric choices:)

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    1. Thank you, Linda. I'm still very happy with this dress.

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