Added Sep 3, 2011
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.
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