Posted by Edelweiss Patterns on December 30, 2015
2015 Christmas Outfits – Butterick 6285 Pattern Review
If you’ve been following my blog for a while you will know that every year I take my mom to tea, and we wear 1950s outfits for the occasion! Since I got married this year I didn’t have time to sew both of our outfits, but I *was* able to buy my mother a vintage piece and sew mine in time for our annual outing!
As soon as I spotted the new 1950s pattern by Gertie, (Butterick 6285), I thought, “that’s nearly an exact replica of Vera Ellen’s wrap top and skirt from the film White Christmas!” (Albeit minus the collared dickey worn underneath the top in the movie.)
I don’t know if that’s what the designer had in mind or not, but it certainly was a nice surprise! (Every year I also replicate a costume from a classic Christmas movie – last year I sewed Mary’s dancing dress from It’s a Wonderful Life, and the year before that I drafted and sewed the blue dress from White Christmas.)
Butterick 6285 Pattern Review
You’ll notice that the pattern Butterick 6285 has a pleated skirt included, so I opted to use a different pattern for the skirt in order to go for the circular skirt look of Vera Ellen’s (“Judy”) White Christmas costume.
I searched far and wide to find a polka dot knit similar to the one that Edith Head used for White Christmas, but unfortunately an exact replica was impossible to find. So I had to settle for large black polka dots on the red knit. I followed the wrap top directions exactly, and I’m thrilled with the ease of the pattern and the comfy and flattering results. The knit fabric makes for a cozy top that’s perfect for holiday gatherings, yet is dressy enough to wear to church or a party. I think I’ll be making a few more tops from this pattern! It is fully lined, has darts in the back, and closes with a tie that you can place in the front or the back. I chose to wrap my ties all the way around to the back, which made a cute bow to trail down the skirt. (Plus, that’s the way the top was styled in the film White Christmas!) I believe the whole top came together in a few hours, and the instructions are very well written.
The only thing I would change about this design is the length of it. I’m a short-waisted lady, but I found it continually riding up a bit higher than my skirt waistband which was above my natural waistline… So next time I’ll be adding an inch or two to the bottom.
My mother’s dress is an original vintage piece from the 1950s, made of iridescent green taffeta and trimmed with lots of covered buttons down the front. It has a Peter Pan collar and a fairly long skirt. It would look lovely with a crinoline underneath, too, but I think the dress is a bit more “motherly” this way. Dark green is my mother’s favorite color, and I knew this dress needed to go into her closet as soon as I spotted it on Ebay. 😉
Now we had an addition to our Christmas tea this year… In the past it’s just been the two of us going, but since the tea fell on my birthday, I brought my husband along! 😀 I guess after five months of marriage it was a good time to introduce him to afternoon tea. He was a very good sport about it and kindly snapped some pictures of us on my cell phone when I forgot to bring my regular camera. So much fun! I just know that this is not the only time he’ll be going to tea with me. 😉
So that’s my Christmas dress for 2015! If you made your own dress this year, please link to it in the comments below! I hope you all have a very merry rest of your year, and a happy new year soon!