It’s Vintage so it’s ok….or, think Lucy, be Ethel…

The husband and I are going to see Pink Martini at the end of the month and while I’m not always an advocate of theme dressing- you’ll lose any scavenger hunt that asks you to find a snowman vest in my closet- I think a little vintage kitschy fabness is called for. I know, I know- I have stated my lack of warmth toward the Butterick beast, but I claim special dispensation- it’s a vintage reissue, so IT’S SUPPOSED TO LOOK DATED! Not just the usual ‘gee I feel ready to watch a Full House marathon in this’ I usually experience. I am embracing the datedness…..of 1947.

I chanel the great spirit of Vivian Vance to guide my dressing…… well, not really, I just look alot like Ethel Mertz in this dress. Luckilly my ‘Fred’ is very supportive- he thinks this dress is great.

I predict a lot of inappropriate events being scheduled for it.

‘Hey, I’m going to the Sams, why not put on that pretty blue dress and ride along’

‘eh..’  Well, supportive shouldn’t be poo-poo’d,  right? Katze is standing in for Lucy in our photo shoot- she has serious top hat envy, by the way.

Pattern Review seriousness:

This was so easy! I am thrilled with how easy my little toe-dip into the vintage pool was. I feel my courage growing. By mid-summer I just know I’ll be at Sams in full Louis IIIX splendour! Widen the aisles- here some Annie in her panniers!  Let them eat bulk packaged cake, say I!

Changes? I love this fabric, but it was a little heavy for self-lining, so I used a charmeuse and it was just fine. I also had to hand gather the skirt- which is good- I eased out alot of the fullness in the poochal area in favor of actually giving myself a fanny. A dream fullfilled- I have a tush in this dress! As you may have gathered, I am really pleased with myself. Here is some Pink Martini to dig while you create today!

photo credits: meadhawg, Butterick, google images. All images remain the property of their original owners.

40 thoughts on “It’s Vintage so it’s ok….or, think Lucy, be Ethel…

  1. Phwooooaaarrr! Love this frock and that blue colour is great on you. I had a gas at Pink Martini a few years ago but sadly I failed dismally when I tried this pattern. Now I know why – it was made for YOU, not me!


  2. Huzzah for cake! 😉 The dress looks absolutely FANTABULOUS on you, so you should rock it at Sam’s or wherever else you have the opportunity! 🙂 And yeah, sometimes Butterick lures me in too….it’s like forbidden fruit; I know I shouldn’t, but I can’t seem to help myself anyway.


  3. Kat H says:

    Gorgeous frock! Love it! I’ve been wondering what this pattern would look like made up – thanks for satisfying my curiosity. (I may have to go and buy a copy myself now, coz quite frankly, it’s lovely!)


  4. So very pretty, feminine yet not “dainty”….Pink Martini…never heard of…I suppose I am too old to know what simulated ’40’s is…..or just too old for current pop phenom!! But either way, great dress and have a good concert..


  5. You are adorable in the pictures. Congratulations for pulling off the look. And I notice the red hair mimics Lucy. You go. Not just to Sam’s either.

    Just found your blog and will be following along.


  6. Gawjus dress darling. It looks amazing on you. How stupid of me. Of course it does, They reprinted it knowing that you would buy it, sew it and look amazing in it.

    Be sure to tell Katze what a good girl she is, and that she is a pretty girl.


  7. That fabric is devine and you look mah-velous dah-ling in it that vintage silhouette. It’s a trip that you just made up this pattern, because I JUST bought it! Seeing it made it up has convinced me to make it soon. Love it!


  8. Oh, that’s too funny that you made this dress the same time I did. I love yours! If you find this pattern easy, you’ll have no problems with other vintage-y patterns. Most of them are easier than this one.


  9. Butterick Patterns says:

    We think you did a fabulous job with our Butterick 5209 and would like to post some of your photos on our Facebook page with a link to your blog. If this is agreeable, please send us an email at:
    The Butterick Facebook team


  10. Gorgeous! This dress is lovely, and definitely one of the few I wouldn’t throw in my Butterick bonfire. Really, only Gertie’s stuff is exempt. The rest could burn baby burn


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