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January dress

Added Dec 24, 2010

by macska

Wellington, New ...






The January dress from my 12 Months of Dresses project. (Yes, it’s been nearly a year since I made this, and I’ve only just gotten around to getting a photo of it. Oops!)

Made from a re-released 1957 Butterick pattern. (B4792.)

Slightly unusual pattern – the shoulder straps join at the center front, and the front bodice and it’s lining are folded over the top to create the gathered neckline.

If (when) I make this up again, I’d use a much lighter lining fabric, as the bodice front sits a bit too stiffly for the pattern. (I used a poplin lining – next time I’ll use a taffeta instead.)

One day I’ll get around to making the belt in the same fabric to go with it, but in the meantime it’s getting paired with a blue belt from another dress. :-)

Material Notes

Craft cotton, with a poplin lining on the front bodice.




Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Garment Type

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    Dec 26, 2010, 07.02 AMby lynzlyles

    I love it! im ordering the pattern Now :) and a dress a month? i love that too! :)

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      Dec 30, 2010, 06.58 AMby macska

      Would love to see what you choose to make the dress up in once you get the pattern! :-)

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    Dec 24, 2010, 03.24 PMby marloncosta

    gotta love retro! The blue belt made your dress even more fun by the way!

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      Dec 30, 2010, 06.58 AMby macska

      Thanks! :-)

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    Dec 24, 2010, 02.31 AMby dazzychica

    You kidding? I think that blue belt looks great with that dress! The only thing I’d change is the hem line; it’s just a bit too long for my personal taste. I’d shorten it to fall maybe an inch below my knee—but that’s just me. _

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      Dec 24, 2010, 09.21 AMby macska

      Yeah, I wasn’t too convinced by the hem line when I first made it, but it’s grown on me! It was originally meant to be about 6 cm longer, but I didn’t have quite enough fabric. Sadly the skirt is very full (about 1.5 full circles) and I live in a very windy town, so shorter skirts are a disaster waiting to happen, otherwise I probably would have shortened it even further!

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