Thursday, 23 April 2015

New York, New York - Vintage Butterick


Wandering through Textile Traders, this New York print fabric caught my eye. It was a bit polyestery, but I thought the print would make a cool dress, so I went for it. It is all black and white buildings with yellow taxis and red other things.


I chose this vintage pattern, Butterick 5208, that I have made once before in gold fabric. The two dresses turned out completely different, which is a good thing for wardrobe variety.


I omitted the pockets as I thought the fabric was a bit lightweight to hold them. Shame, I liked the pockets. I also left off the collar. I used the all-in-one facing that I had drafted last time. This finished off the neckline and armholes nicely. I had to take in the side seams a bit too.


I cut red knit fabric out for the side panels, sewed it together and then decided the red was a bit much. I recut the panels in black, inserted one and changed my mind again. Not being able to decide whether I preferred the black or the red panel, I left one of each.


I like the squared off armholes in this pattern.


And the front zip feels quite edgy, even though it's a vintage pattern.


I wore my wellies for the photos just for fun. It was warm enough today for sandals but I'm planning to wear this though the winter with tights and boots.


A bit of blurriness and you can almost believe I'm from the 70s!

15 comments:

  1. Fab dress (getting into the vintage mood). :) The red and black panels were a great idea. A bit of indecisiveness can be a good thing sometimes.

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    1. Yes, it's surprising how different it looks from each side. Thank you!

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  2. Great dress. I love the end result of the indecision - that makes it really edgy!

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    1. I'm so pleased you like it and that the indecision worked out :)

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  3. Fun dress! Love the black & red panels.

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    1. Thank you so much. It is a fun dress, which I think every girl needs!

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  4. I'd defiantly wear this dress a lot. I like the squared off arm holes too.

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  5. With tights and boots, it will make a striking winter dress.

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  6. A very modern interpretation of a vintage pattern. Love it!

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  7. I LOVE squared off armholes! Yay for the 70s!

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  8. This is ULTRA cool! I love the printed fabric, and I love it how you used one red and one black panel. It looks absolutely amazing!

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  9. Hi I have just found your blog through Handmade by Carolyn. I love your makes. You seem very happy to just try stuff out if you have an interesting idea - something I need to get my head round!

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  10. Love what you've done with this interesting print. Prints like this can easily go wrong. Not so here! A great choice to give an old design a modern edge.

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  11. The red and black panels are inspired - as are the Hunter wellies!

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