The New Gertie Design!
Added Feb 24, 2013
I’m sure you were all as thrilled as I was when Butterick released their early summer collection last Wednesday – mainly because of the pattern shown below! Isn’t is so exciting that there’s finally a repro pattern with a shelf bust design? I had been waiting for something like this for years.
Well, as you can probably imagine, I called the Butterick orderline at 7:00 am the next morning and had them ship it Express mail to my house! It was not supposed to show up until Monday, but it arrived on Saturday instead! So all day Saturday was spent cutting out the pattern and fabric, then constructing this really couture style dress. The only I wanted to change was the shelf bust – it was quite a bit lower than how I like to wear my dresses, but there was another reason, too! When you go to all that work to get the bias cut pleats just right, shouldn’t people see a little bit more of the pleating? So I doubled the height of the bust pieces, and I’m really thrilled with the way it turned out! There are tons of 1950s patterns and dresses that feature a more crossover version of the shelf bust, so this version I made is completely authentic.
I also added teeny tiny cap sleeves made from a white embroidered organza I had on hand. It’s a good thing I keep a serious stash of fabric and trims! The fabric itself is a 100% cotton sateen, and it has a lovely crisp feel.
The skirt was a breeze to construct, though I wish I’d had my crinoline to wear with it. It’s not that I don’t own a crinoline petticoat, it’s just that the petticoat is currently at a certain sewing magazine’s headquarters being photographed for an upcoming issue…. Let’s just say you will be seeing it sometime this summer in a magazine we all know and love.
The dress itself is excellently thought out – I loved the couture details such as boning in the bodice, and it fits very firmly yet without being too tight. I did do quite a bit of fitting to get it just right, but it was well worth the extra effort!
You can read all about this project plus my pattern review here on my blog! I was so thrilled to get this version up and blogged about just three days after the design was released, and I hope it inspires lots of other ladies to use the pattern, too!
Katrina @ Edelweiss Patterns
The fabric was a 100% cotton sateen, and it’s a really lovely aqua or tiffany blue color.
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