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Purple Passion Flower

Added Sep 3, 2011

by lauramae

Novato, Californ...






Butterick 4512, Retro 1957: Misses’ dress, Belt and Cummerbund. Halter dress, below mid-knee, has lined bodice and circle skirt. A, B: belt. B: collar. C: neck band, bow and tie end, cummerbund.

This pattern is marked easy, and I would agree. However, there are potential fitting issues that may make the construction a bit more complicated than expected depending on your body-type.

If I was to make another version, I would add a bit of boning to the back bodice pieces next to the zipper to discourage the garment’s tendency to slide downward in the back. This is definitely not a must, just something that would make the dress fit a little better on the body.

The only real issues I had with fit was something that I have had to deal with in the past with halter-necked vintage reproductions. Because my upper torso is rather straight up and down as opposed to the inverted triangle that a 1950s silhouette cries out for, I had some major gaping from my upper bust to the neckline. Luckily, I anticipated this problem and made a muslin of the bodice. Unfortunately, when the lining was in and the zipper was zipped, I still had a bit of gaping, so I cheated and created another small dart a couple of inches above the bust dart without taking anything apart. In other words, my garment is not quite as finished as I would like, but it is wearable. Some days you get a free pass to be a little lazy!

I would recommend this pattern with the stipulation that the sewer be aware that a small number of pattern pieces does not always mean an easy pattern if there are fit issues to worry over.

I am happy with how this dress turned out although it does not look quite perfect from the inside.

More information and pictures may be found on my “blog.”:

Material Notes

Quilting Cotton




Garment Type
Classic, Vintage

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    Sep 5, 2011, 08.23 PMby mojo elgin

    I think it looks great! What a “WOW” fabric!

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    Sep 5, 2011, 04.39 PMby tirrs

    so lovely!

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    Sep 4, 2011, 08.16 PMby MissHickory

    love it… the large flowers are prefect…. adding it to my favorites :) love the name!!!

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    Sep 4, 2011, 12.56 PMby Priscilla Folley

    I love this dress, from the shape of it to the color schemes. Amazing job, as usual!

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    Sep 4, 2011, 11.45 AMby frkbustad

    Looks so great, and elegantly dressed-down with a cardigan. Lovely work!

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    Sep 4, 2011, 06.56 AMby kelseykay

    Fancy Print

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    Sep 4, 2011, 06.24 AMby Pisto

    Lovely dress!

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    Sep 4, 2011, 04.26 AMby ronnielee

    This dress is by far my favourite from your vast collection. Love the colours, beautiful creation.

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    Sep 4, 2011, 12.56 AMby Testosterone


    I’m a gender-reassignment away from wrestling you for your clothes!

    How you interpret patterns is owed to the artist in you, and your construction to the craftsperson in you.

    I think it’s the large floral print which has brought out my unbridled envy.

    Sign me,

    Staying a man, but madder than two hens

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    Sep 3, 2011, 09.16 PMby Pepper Toast

    That’s a really really pretty dress. Perfect marriage of fabric & pattern.

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