It's a shorter post this week as I'm currently in California visiting some friends! :-)
The second dress I made for Kathryn this year was this cute 1945 dress! When Kathryn first told me she wanted to use Butterick 5209, I was a bit unimpressed. But, it being her dress and all, I went along with the plan. Wow. This dress is SO cute! All the aspects that I hated in the pattern illustration (I tend to dislike many quintessential 40s ideals) are not an issue in real life! And let me tell you- this pattern is so ingenious! It's really cool!
The dress can be made either as a halter dress or with the attached piece to make it into a kimono-sleeved dress. The piece extends from the front shoulder all the way around the back and to the waist. So. cool.
Well, and a bit confusing to construct. But really- who likes a project with no challenge?! ;-)
All in all, this pattern is now on my list of favorites and "must makes"!
The dress has a flared, gathered skirt, closes with a side zipper, and is made from a medium-weight rayon twill. I love how well the red accessories pop with this dress! :-)
Oh, and just a note to anyone who is now inspired to go off and make their own version- the center front neckline was raised about 2". :-)