Posted by Edelweiss Patterns on April 5, 2015
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.
The year’s 1950s dress was made using a Moda Fabric print, and the out-of-print Butterick Pattern 7172.
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.)
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.)
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.
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.
The hat and gloves, by the way, were really worn in the 1950s at one point.
Finally, here’s a closeup of the material – it’s Moda Fabrics’ “Honeysweet” Print by Fig Tree & Co.
I hope you all have had a wonderful Easter, and I hope to share a number of recently-made dresses in the near future!