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title pic A 1950s Easter Dress – Butterick Pattern 7172

Posted by Edelweiss Patterns on April 5, 2015

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A 1950s Easter Dress – Butterick 7172 Pattern Review

Happy Easter, Ladies!  I just love all those vintage images of families walking into church on Easter Sunday, with the little girls and grown-up girls sporting their fanciest dresses, gloves, purses, and hats.  I’m told that in the 1950s most ladies got a new outfit for Easter every year, so I’ve always endeavored to follow this tradition by sewing a vintage dress each spring. :)

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The year’s 1950s dress was made using a Moda Fabric print, and the out-of-print Butterick Pattern 7172.

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I followed the pattern pretty much exactly, except for the fact that I substituted a rounded collar from Butterick 6835.  (This pattern, you may notice, is extremely similar to Butterick 6835 – the only difference is that the bodice of Butterick 7172 has gathers rather than tucks, and the skirt is gathered as opposed to circular.)

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Now that I think of it, I did make one other change to the bodice by adding a button closure down the middle.  I also inserted contrasting piping in the mid-bodice seam, and stitched English netting lace underneath to follow the curved seamline.  (The lace extends around to the back of the bodice, but the piping does not.)

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While this pattern is generally pretty rare, it is an excellent pattern if you can get your hands on a copy!  :)  I’ve worked with dozens of 1950s patterns over the years, and I would definitely give this one a 5 star rating.  It is very simple to construct and fit well without many adjustments at all.

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The dress closes with a side zipper, which makes for a much cleaner finish than having a zipper in the back.  The skirt is fairly full, but because it’s not a circular skirt, it doesn’t create as full of a silhouette as some of my other dresses, even when worn with a giant petticoat.  :)

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The hat and gloves, by the way, were really worn in the 1950s at one point. :)

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Finally, here’s a closeup of the material – it’s Moda Fabrics’ “Honeysweet” Print by Fig Tree & Co.

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I hope you all have had a wonderful Easter, and I hope to share a number of recently-made dresses in the near future!

Happy sewing!

Katrina

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