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title pic Two 1950s Christmas Outfits – Butterick 6285

Posted by Edelweiss Patterns on December 30, 2015

2015 Christmas Outfits – Butterick 6285 Pattern Review

Hello Ladies!

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. 😉

green 1

christmas 2


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!

Happy sewing,


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