Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Outfit number three!

     This is Retro Butterick 4513, I talked about it earlier here. I made it from a vintage sheet from a thrift store in Ventura. Over all I really like this pattern, I might even make it again.

I cut out a size 12 but the bust was too big. If I use this pattern again I'll make the bodice smaller and use thinner bias tape for the straps.



Living Naturally said...

Your blog is SO inspiring. Thank you for sharing your lovely projects. I am buying lots of vintage patterns and going to thrift stores in search of vintage sheets for fabric!

I bought this exact pattern and I am wondering about vintage sizes compared to now. You said you cut out a 12 and it was too big. If you don't mind me asking, what size are you (to compare modern to vintage size).

I love this blog! Please post more pictures of more pictures. Your dresses are making me drool! :) I hope I can sew mind half as well as you have!

Ana said...

Hi Living Naturally! I'm really sorry I didn't reply sooner, Blogger didn't tell me I had a new comment! Thank you for your kind words it really means a lot to me that I can help and inspire people the way other bloggers have done for me! This particular pattern is a reprint of a vintage one. So it has modern sizing. Normally with modern patterns I cut a size 12 and have to add an inch to the waist and shorten the shoulder straps by 1-2 inches. Vintage pattern sizing numbers vary greatly between decades, the best way to tell is to go by the bust measurement (usually on the front of envelope) But you will want to measure your ribcage and use that number instead of your actual bust. This is probably common knowledge, but it took me a couple a projects and lots of altering to figure out lol! ANYWAY to answer your question I'm a size 12 in modern sizes, size 16 in patterns from 50's and size 18 in patterns from the 40's. Another thing to keep in mind is that the waist is much smaller in vintage patterns. Hope this helps!