My dear friend Constança has the best eye for unveiling beautiful treasures from op shops and local markets, such as vintage sewing patterns and other treasures (fingers-crossed she will start selling them soon in her Etsy store).
I have a weakness for these wonderful pieces that take us back to an era when sewing was part of our mothers/grandmothers daily life. I always feel a bit nostalgic looking at those gorgeous illustrations and instructions, and love to imagine the dresses that were made using them. If only, these patterns could speak …
The lovelly Butterick 6039 pattern above (generously gifted to me by Constança) featuring a sundress (with several options) was just perfect for my daughter.
As soon as I got it, my eyes were set on view C, which would make a perfect beach dress (yes, I do love the ruffle bands!), but she had other plans – she asked for something a bit simple (no ruffles, seriously!) and shorter (top instead of dress).
As much as I loved view C, nowadays I’m willing to compromise on her wardrobe (otherwise, garments will be tossed into a drawer at the earliest opportunity), so I made a top version using view A.
I knew exactly what fabric to use – I got it from a local shop (Arco-íris-a-metro) just because of it’s vintage vibe. Plus, a bright cherries top is always a must-have for summer, right?
I followed the pattern instructions with only a slightly mod, adding buttons instead of a zipper to the back. Surprisingly, the sewing instructions for this pattern were quite straight-forward and it was really a pleasure to sew (usually, vintage instructions are a bit scarce and assume too much).
The fit is just spot-on on my girl and, obviously, she was so proud of “her” design mods 😉
The top pairs beautiful with her chambray shorts (pattern is Clover) and it’s just perfect. As you know, I love timeless designs, and this pattern was just my cup of tea ❤