Butterick Patterns by Gertie B6453 - The Ultimate Retro Summer Dress!

by - 5/10/2017

Butterick Patterns by Gertie B6453 - The Ultimate Retro Summer Dress!

Talk about a 'must have' sewing pattern! The new Butterick Patterns by Gertie B6453 dress pattern has taken over sewist's Instagram accounts since it launched last month. Since it's US release, I've been stalking UK stores to get my paws on it. Luckily Sew Essential came to my rescue once again with their super fast stocking of new patterns and beautiful fabric ranges.

Here's a peek at the pattern:
Two gorgeous variations!
I chose a vintage style ditsy floral cotton fabric for my first B6453 dress (I say 'first' as my 2nd is on the way...). It's the perfect fabric for the dress and really lends itself to the vintage vibe! The pattern is very much like the popular Pinup Girl Clothing 'Jenny' dress and is a great summer staple, I know I'll be making lots more of. The fact that the dress is nice and simple too, certainly makes it a dream to sew!

Every gathered skirt deserves pockets!
This pattern is lovely and straight forward, I would certainly recommend it for beginners. The dress features flattering princess seams, a full gathered skirt, pockets and a lapped zipper. This was the first time I have sewn a lapped zipper, and I feel silly for avoiding them as it's far more straightforward than I thought. I'll be sewing them a lot more in the future that's for sure!

Finally achieved a great fit!
The only complication for this pattern, for me, was needing to do a full bust adjustment (FBA). This won't be the case for everyone but it is for me. I've never done a FBA before and certainly wasn't looking forward to doing one. I didn't need to do anything major, but after the disappointing too-tight bust on my Kim dress, I thought I should stop avoiding it and do it!

I'm hoping to film a video on my FBA and talk about my fit details and adjustments in more detail on my YouTube channel. I have mentioned a little about it my April Sew & Tell video and will update this section with my FBA video when it's live.

Sewing Summary:

Pattern: Butterick Patterns by Gertie B6453 Dress Pattern

Fabric: Small Rose Print Cotton Poplin Fabric - Turquoise Blue

Notions: 14" zip & 2 x Hoops and Sliders

Sewing time: A day with my FBA.

Modifications: Full bust adjustment.

Fit: Great! But I'll be shortening the waist and altering the straps next time.

Difficulty: Nice and simple - a great make for beginners.

Watch out for: Even waist gathers and creating a tidy lapped zipper will make a big difference to the final look!

Make Again?: Yes! I have another one lined up and look forward to tweaking it further and trying different styling.

No longer fearing the FBA!
Overall, I'm totally on board with the hype of the B6453 pattern! Its simple, sassy and quick to make, the perfect project for getting my creativity back on track. Have you tried this pattern yet? What do you think of it?

Thanks for reading, pinups!

P.S. Thank you for bearing with me whilst my blogging schedule has been inconsistent. Between here and my new YouTube channel, I've been trying to balance my content better to fit in with my work schedule. I'm currently aiming for one post a week here (at the start of the week) and a new video every Thursday. Please do subscribe to my channel HERE.

The fabric & pattern were supplied to me free of charge by Sew Essential. All thoughts & opinions are my own.

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  1. It's a lovely pattern and ypur fabric choice is gorgeous. The thin straps look fiddly possibly? I had bad luck with my last Gertie pattern so am hesitant to try another.

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  3. I'm so looking forward to your FBA video! I didn't have to do one this time, I sewed with a smaller seam allowance instead. But I just know I'll probably have to do one in the future :/
    I really loved this pattern, it wasn't too hard for a beginner such as myself and I learned some new techniques. Can't wait to make another ❤️

  4. I jus love Gertie's patterns!!! Well done on this one - I think it's the perfect fabric, and the fit is spot on. So, well-invested time into the FBA! I made a Pink Crepe Dress from the Ultimate Dress Book, and had to fiddle a lot with the fit (I'm way shorter than Gertie), but I love the result. I think it's so satisfying when make fits well!

  5. It's gorgeous, the print is perfect and it looks amazing on 💗


  6. Hands down, the dress is too good, looks so much comfortable. I like the fabric and the color..With the instructions being clear and concise it will have a beginner sewer feeling like a professional sewer in no time!! I really wanna try it now but crocheting a couple of pillows but will definitely going to make one for me this weekend.I have also subscribed to your Youtube Channel.Thanks again for this post

  7. Hi, i love this dress! I really would like to get this pattern but how can I tell which size I am as shopwize I'm a 12 but some patterns I'm bigger than that and there are 2 size options for this pattern and I could be either! ��? Thanks, Ruth ��