Thursday, August 4, 2016

New Retro Butterick Patterns for Fall

While I have been neglecting this blog as of late, I have been accomplishing quite a lot on the sewing front.  I have not turned on my computer in over a week because I would rather spend my time sewing or knitting, which is a good thing!  But I am definitely excited about the new Fall Butterick pattern catalog, so I decided it was time to turn on the computer and take a good look at the new designs.
I am quite enamored with the new vintage reproductions.  This suit is something I can absolutely see myself wearing.  The pocket detail is fantastic.  I do wonder, though, how simplified the instructions will be.  That jacket is going to look best with some tailoring and I would love to see the instructions reflect that.  

And then there is the issue of proportion.  The vintage illustrations and the technical drawing show a jacket that ends at mid-hip and from shoulder to waist is about twice as long as it is from waist to hemline.  However, on the model, the waist to hip length looks significantly longer, making the suit silhouette appear more 1940s to me.  The pocket appears to be quite a bit farther from the hemline than is shown on the illustration and the line drawing as well.  So which version is actually printed on the pattern tissue?
Butterick 6374 is lovely.  It reminds me of Vintage Vogue 2787 that I stitched up back in 2009 (I should really pull that dress out of my closet because I have not worn it in some time!).  But I do really love the neckline treatment on this one.  

I am going to take issue with the fedora hat that was attacked by some russian veiling and the shoe choice.  But paired with a tilt hat, this one is a real winner!  

Gertie’s new dress design is a classic.  I have other patterns that are similar, but I really like the neckline treatment on this one.  (Coincidently, I have been working on a dress made from that floral fabric which may be one of the reasons I am so drawn to this dress.)  Gertie also has a new cropped jacket design which I expect will be very popular.  I am not sure I will ever be a jean jacket kind of girl, but when I start seeing everyone's versions made up, I may change my mind.
There is also a new hat pattern.  I always like to add these to the pattern stash because they really come in handy, not necessarily for their original look, but for the base pattern pieces.
The glove pattern is intriguing.  It would be great to be able to make up a pair of matching gloves to complete an outfit, but I cannot ever recall coming across fabric that feels anything like the cotton stuff used to make vintage gloves.  Does anyone know where to find that textile, or what it might be called?
So, in addition to the three projects currently residing on my sewing table and the massive catalog of ideas that is constantly floating around in my head, I can now add at least two more items to that list.


  1. Glad to hear you are still busy stitching and I don't blame you for leaving the computer alone for awhile. I'm sure I'd get twice as much done if I turned the computer off!

    I'm glad you pointed out the discrepancy between the jacket length of 6379, I hope the pattern is actually the shorter length. It's amazing what a difference a little added length can make to the whole look! And I really love the dress 6374, I will definitely be buying this pattern. The glove pattern is also very tempting, but yes, you need the right fabric, and I too have no idea what that is called, sorry!

  2. Butterick 6374 is the pattern I submitted! Definitely not the typical 40's pattern.

    1. I have been looking forward to seeing this design as soon as you mentioned it - and it's definitely a winner!

  3. (audible exhale) Finally, a new post.

  4. I have to laugh, my first thought upon seeing the Butterick (new) vintage patterns this morning was that you would be happy to see them. And I was right!

    As for the glove material, I don't know what it would be called, but what I do remember from a childhood/teen years of wearing (non-leather) gloves (e.g 1950s to mid-1960s-including whenever we traveled on international flights, went to church, dinners, other special events) is that the material was generally a lightweight to mid-weight cotton with a very little bit of stretch. Of course, we also had fancier gloves that were made of lace or other fine fabrics, too, that were not just for edging or trims, but for the full glove. Growing up, I remember going to glove shops where that was the only items sold and seeing hundreds and hundreds of different types of gloves--but this was mostly in UK and Europe. In fact, the last time I was in a stand alone glove shop was in the Piazza Di Spagna by the Spanish Steps in Rome. I believe it is still there.

  5. I think you are right about the proportions of the suit. The drawing looks more 50s but the photo looks more 40s. What a difference a little length is! When you compare the two it definitely looks like the jacket's hem is just lower, so it shouldn't be too difficult an alteration. I'm ear-marking it for the next sale as that pocket looks really interesting! Curved welt pockets! Yes please!

  6. First of all, it's so good to see you posting again-so good that I finally got myself to comment! I'm glad that Butterick chose these patterns as reproductions,as they are a bit unusual and have lovely details. When it comes to quite a big difference between the B6379's photo and the drawing, I think it is just-as usual-an issue with poor fit on the model; the suit seems to be a size too big, even the sleeves are longish...

  7. Moleskin would the right weight and texture for the gloves I recall. Not as smooth a finish on it now as once was. I promise to try it out this fall (need more gloves for theater costumes). More hats good thing. I can't help buying them all.

  8. The hat and the buttoned-up-ness of the second photo makes the model look like she's trying out for an amateur production of Mary Poppins.

  9. That glove pattern sounds interesting. It seems vintage gloves are so small, either that or I just have big hands. Anyways would be nice to make my own gloves. Love to see how yours turns out if you manage to make them.