Back in late summer of 2011, I bought the Butterick ‘52 Retro pattern B4790 after reading about it on What I Wore. I got the FF size since I fit the measurements pretty closely for a size 20. Oh vintage sizes, you kill me. Maybe I don't mind vanity sizing after all. The top ended up being a little loose, so next time, I'm going to cut the chest area down to an 18.
The pattern is described as very easy, and thankfully, it was. The only complicated instructions were for the hem, which I assume were intended to make the garment look more finished. I just pressed the ends under and sewed normally since I didn't really understand what the instructions were trying to tell me. Since I'm going to be the only one wearing it, I wasn't too concerned. Really, the most tedious part was the hand sewing of the buttons and snaps, and that's just because I don't like hand sewing.
It wouldn't be a project of mine if I didn't mess something up. I had to rip out about half of the seam after I sewed the bodice to the skirt because some of the bodice fabric folded over and got stuck in the seam. It's in the back, so luckily my mistake is not too noticeable.
|I made the mistake of sewing these buttons on with white thread instead of navy blue.|
Next up is to use the same same pattern with this Marc Jacobs fabric I bought in New York. The only problem is, I can't decide what color bias tape to use. Nothing looks quite right. Thoughts?