Better Late Than Never! Retro Butterick 1961 - B6318 Tie Waist Dress

by - 2/11/2018

Better Late Than Never! Retro Butterick 1961 - B6318 Tie Waist Dress 

Hi pinups! This post has been shelved since last Summer, but I'm very happy to finally be sharing it with you on the Minerva Crafts Blog! It's also getting me in the mood for some Spring sewing which I'm very happy about.

When I first started my dressmaking journey about 2 years ago now, recreating vintage dresses was high up on my sewing agenda. So when scouring the internet for 1950s and 1960s inspired or reproduction sewing patterns, the Retro Butterick B6318 tie waist dress pattern stole my heart immediately. It ticks all my vintage style boxes as the late 1950s and early 1960s are my favourite periods for fashion. This vintage pattern combined with some equally vintage looking floral Liberty fabric, I hoped this dress would be a pattern and fabric match made in heaven.

Sewing Summary:

Pattern: Retro Butterick 1961- B6318 Tie Waist Dress

Fabric: Liberty Vintage Style Floral Cotton Poplin Dress Fabric Pink

Notions: 22" invisible zip

Sewing time: A day.

Modifications: I used a concealed zip instead of a lapped zip.

Fit: Other than a long bodice, I'm pleased with the fit.

Difficulty: Simple, this would be great for beginners looking to sew their first vintage dress.

Watch out for: Getting a tidy neck edge and even gathers on the skirt.

Make Again?: Yes! I love this pattern and look forward to sewing this again.


For my full sewing pattern review, CLICK HERE

Thanks for reading, pinups!
Abi xo

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  1. Love how this turned out! I made this pattern a few years back and it unfortunately didn't end up being a fit for me, but it looks so beautiful on you!

  2. This fabric is such a perfect choice to pair with that pattern! It's good to know it runs a bit long in the bodice -- I, do, have a semi shorter torso than most patterns and often have to shorten things up a bit to fit better.