I didn’t realize until I’d finished my version of Butterick B5556 that it’s apparently quite common in the seamstress ‘sphere. I’m wearing a pattern pioneered by some of the biggest names in vintage sewing – I mean, the freaking Boyer Sisters! A Lass of Yesteryear! Not only is this apparently a capital-Th Thing, I get to be part of it. Does that mean I’m cool?
I adore this pattern. No bones about it. I snapped it up at JoAnn Fabrics’ last major sale. Four vintage patterns for $20? Um, yes. I itched and seethed all summer long, eager to draft the perfect cold-weather dress, and this month my chance finally came. Thanks to a king-size bedsheet and a brown patterned pillow sham, I own the swingiest swing dress that ever swung. It’s not Halloween without a skirt swirling at your heels like a minion. A 1955 pattern will sure as hell deliver.
I raised the neckline and crisscrossed the Mandarin collar for a more matronly look. My face refuses to look its age. Sans makeup and glasses, I’ve been mistaken for as young as 16. If I want to look like a Real Live Adult with a Job and Everything, I have to balance things with a little grandma essence.
Dress: made by me, Butterick B5556
Coat: ’60s vintage, via flea market
Hat: ’50s vintage, via Lily‘s flash sale
Gloves: vintage, via Mainly Vintage
Shoes: vintage, thrifted
Purse & brooch: vintage, thrifted