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Saturday, August 23, 2014

· Kathryn's Khaki Dress ·


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". :-)

12 comments:

  1. Ooooh this is beautiful!! We were at Joann tis morning and I didn't buy this pattern because I thought the only option was to have an open back. *sigh*.
    I really love this style and can't wait to make it!!
    P.S. I kinda like projects with no challenges... ;)

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  2. That dress is simply cute, Lily! The pops of red work perfectly with the khaki material. Suits Kathryn perfectly!

    Brigid
    the Middle Sister and Singer

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  3. Cute! I have this pattern and was thinking of sewing it up soon.

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  4. This is AMAZING! What a perfect, versatile dress!

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  5. So awesome! I already have this pattern. I already have fabric picked out for this pattern. Now I know I'll have to get the fabric and make this dress. I'm a bit worried that you say this pattern was confusing because I'm thinking if you thought it was confusing I'll probably be in tears! Oh well... you're dress turned out so lovely I'll have to give it a shot myself. I LOVE the back of the dress! That is definitely not a detail I noticed about it :)

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    1. I hope it goes smoothly for you! It is such an interesting pattern! :-)

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  6. I realized I never did comment on my own dress! I likes it. ;-)

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    1. How shocking!!! Well, I'm glad you remedied the situation! ;-)

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  7. I bought this pattern too. It reminded me of a dress from magic of ordinary days(good movie if you haven't watched it;) but when I got it home and look at it some more, it really is different from the dress I had in mind. In short I had the same thoughts Lily, but I think I may try it out now.

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    1. Yes, I really like that movie! I hope your dress turns out favorably. :-)

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