Butterick 3126

Well, I’ve got a new sewing project to share.  Seems like I always gravitate toward those 1970s Butterick Young Designers, and this time was no exception.  I was looking for a fairly straightforward shirtdress, and this pattern from Daniel Hechter fit the bill.

As with so many designs from the 70s, the collar looked huge in the drawing, so when I cut the piece, I made it considerably smaller.  Still, after stitching up the thing, I still thought it was just too large.  If you are a sewer, you know that at that point, the thing to do is to take the collar off and recut it.  But after removing the collar, with the band still attached, I decided that I liked the look of the dress with just a collarband.

Too big…

so a whole new look.

And here is the finished product.   I didn’t make the self-belt.  They always come off as looking too matchy-matchy for my taste.  And I have about a dozen belts and scarves that will work nicely at the waist.  When I think of chambray, I automatically think of red accessories, but what other color would make this look a little fresher?

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14 responses to “Butterick 3126

  1. Yellow is always good with blue. And the band collar looks very clean and sharp.

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  2. Before I even finished the arIticle and simply looked at the dress. I immediately thought “red shoes”. I love scarfs, so I would pair this with something with reds and yellows. As a matter of fact, almost any color can accent this dress. Great job!

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  3. Lovely! You did a great job on the details!

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  4. vintagejenta

    Mint green! With some green wedges or flats and maybe a silk scarf with some green and blue in it.

    I like it better without the collar too. So simple and chic.

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  5. You’ve done a great job there Lizzie! I also prefer the dress without the collar. And agree that almost any colour would work with this dress. A silk scarf, wedge sandals and large shades would look oh so chic! 😉

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  6. My vote is for yellow, too. Of course, I always vote for yellow for most anything!
    It’s a shame I didn’t find you sooner. I gave away dozens of 1960’s-70”s patterns a couple of months ago to a friend who was going to take them to rural Mexico.I know they’ll put them to good use, but you might have appreciated the styles more.

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    • I think I just heard a collective intake of breath when you wrote that you “gave away dozens” of great vintage patterns (and fabric, I dare say?). Next time, come on over and offer ’em up, we will fight over them and leave only torn scraps for the dogs!

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  7. I vote yellow! Or maybe even a bright orange. Chambray seems neutral, like denim. I love this dress–and love it collarless.

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  8. yellow or emerald green would be good with this to give it some spring zing

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  9. Yellow or orange always looks great with blue. Or you could team it with a tan brown belt?

    Love the dress!

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  10. Bridget

    Love this! I’d pair it with brown leather or a floral scarf 🙂

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  11. Very crisp. I’m going through a pale yellow phase at the moment, so I’d be matching it up with a yellow belt and 3/4 cardie!

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  12. I appreciate all the suggestions. I guess the best thing about a dress like this is that there are so many different ways to accessorize!

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  13. Just had to leave my two cents: the dress looks smashing with the band collar! I concur that red accessories, like a vintage or vintage style canvas D-ring belt would set off the look perfectly.

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