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Butterick 6582, Watch out Joan Halloway

Added Nov 30, 2011

by Cynthia Froman

Portland, Oregon...






I cut a size 12, and had to make a few adjustments to get the fit close to right (I made two muslins). I shortened the waist 1 1/4″ and the length by 2″ so that it would hit below my knee as opposed to mid-calf. I also ended up making the side seams a full inch to get this bad boy to hug my curves. I also tried to match the print at the center back seam, and inserted my first invisible zipper.

The adjustment I’m most proud of was figuring out how to lower the back 6″ and re-drafting the back facing to fit.

More photos and details can be found on my brand new blog DapperDuds

Material Notes

I used some emerald/ teal and gold brocade I found on sale at Joann fabrics (This hot little number cost me less than $20 to make).




Garment Type
Evening Wear, Vintage

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    Dec 13, 2011, 12.09 AMby sala22

    It looks absolutely stunning!

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    Dec 11, 2011, 11.47 PMby smallone

    wonderful work…reminds me of the dresses from In the Mood for Love.

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    Dec 1, 2011, 10.01 PMby feldmantcat

    This is amazing. I have seen this dress made up so many times, and every time it looks boring and barely reminiscent of a ’60s dress. Yours, on the other hand, looks like a legitimate piece from the 60s and fits perfectly.

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    Dec 1, 2011, 08.50 PMby freakusbzzz

    Your adjustments are perfect.

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    Dec 1, 2011, 04.15 PMby Lucha Suarez

    So lovely!!!!!

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    Dec 1, 2011, 01.00 PMby wildflower31

    Very Pretty, make sme want to pull that brocade out of my stash.

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    Dec 1, 2011, 06.31 AMby Cynthia Froman

    Thank you all so much!

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    Dec 1, 2011, 12.40 AMby schnui

    Your dress is beautiful and you look wonderful in it. It will be a great party dress I am sure.

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    Nov 30, 2011, 11.32 PMby thecuriouskiwi

    Beautiful, it looks great in that fabric and so well made! I stitched up the fuller skirt version for a friend as her bridesmaid dress.

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    Nov 30, 2011, 11.05 PMby ichigogirl


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    Nov 30, 2011, 10.16 PMby patti-r

    It looks lovely on you, great job!!!

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