pattern review · sewing

{Vintage Butterick 503}

Butterick 503-f

I made this lingerie slip some time ago – Ive just been a little behind on my new reviews.

A pattern given to me by my mother, handed down from my grandmother – this Butterick 503 Lingerie is perhaps the oldest pattern I own. The envelope was deteriorating badly when my mother owned it so she saved what she could & stuck the back & front to a regular A5 envelope. But the pattern pieces & instructions are original & better preserved in the new envelope.


I used a soft wine red crushed taffeta for the body & trimmed with black lace that I had in my stash for years. I realise a soft satin would be more in keeping with lingerie but I wanted to use the taffeta mostly because of the {VA VA VOOM} colour but also because its so different. If you wondering how I sleep in taffeta – I dont, I use this getup just to manipulate & control the hubsters…err…nevermind!! ­čÖé

I was not expecting to get such a great finished garment out of this so I was quite surprised at how well it really worked. Because the taffeta has no stretch, I needed to use a zip on the side, but it feels more fitted this way & support the boobies better thereby allowing me to put my best “foot” forward.

I cut mine on the straight but the instructions give a bias option as well if you feeling a little more adventurous and if using satin, probably a skimpier, clingier fit.

butterick 503-b

The pattern was easy to follow, really easy to construct & the fit is incredible. ┬áThe next one I make I think I might play around with the skirt making it a little less flared, with a side slit trimmed with lace….perhaps not as wide a lace as this one but I think it might look quite cute.

Have you sewed lingerie? Do you recommend any particular patterns, vintage or newer?

PS – Apologies for the mediocre pics of this project. Poppy {the dress form} is currently hosting the red V8550 project i blogged about before & I didnt want to disturb her. Since Ive never formally introduced Poppy, I will introduce ┬áher real soon ­čśë

{UPDATE} : I meant to mention earlier on this post that there is no date on this pattern whatsoever. A date may have been printed on the envelope however its old & the edges are quite tatty and worn from use. My mother cut the envelope back & front apart to stick to a new envelope & cut through where its written something “Patented…” is all I can see. The bottom of the envelope reads “The Butterick Publishing Company Limited, London”. The instruction sheet on the inside (of which is 1 page printed both sides in square format) reveals no date either. The words “Printed in England” is printed at the bottom right corner. I might get in touch with Butterick for more info on this pattern & report back its age. Trust this helps for those that have asked.


{pattern haul…}


I took advantage of the last┬áVogue┬ásale & picked me up some pretty incredible patterns at next to nothing. Pity for me it {REALLY} costs to ship but I can never find these patterns at this price {or anywhere close} in my ‘hood so I always wait for the Vogue sale & then dive right in. This time was no exception!

I chose 7 patterns {2 x Butterick, 1 x McCalls & 4x Vogue} which were all on my wishlist – some to hopefully sew ASAP & others just to have for that {ONE DAY WHEN}. I am particularly looking forward to sewing V1324┬áDonna Karen which is already reviewed here┬áand here┬áfor reference. The blouse looks so incredibly detailed with the tucked front extending into the back pleated collar, with the inseam slit and the pleated sleeves. Upon first look you may even think {GEEZ, THATS ALOT GOING ON FOR ONE BLOUSE} but DK just makes it work! Pro.fess.ional! Of course, the skirt looks like a dream for fitting & I would love to give this a go in a beautiful wool crepe or double knit wool for winter.

Also catapulted to the {top-ish} of my list is V1314┬áTracey Reese which looks incredibly easy but im loving the little gathers/pleats around the tum area to hide all the Christmas sins. Im wondering though if this dress needs to be combined with {SPANX}…hmmm. Anyone?

V8827 looks so incredibly feminine and I adore this version by Lilacs & Lace. So fresh & ready for summer…which I am. Enough with the bleating cold now.

So come the next few days  weeks, I will be marrying pattern with fabric stash and then making that difficult decision on which pattern to tackle first. Thank you for stopping by x



pattern review · sewing

{Butterick 4788 (B)}

If you are looking for a flared (or staight) pullover dress with a mock wrapped bodice – look no further. This pattern was quick & super easy to construct. Beware though, I found this to run rather large in the bodice area & had to trim down quite a bit at the sides & shoulders to get this to fit well. Also, word of warning – the front is extremely low so consider either a tighter wrap or a cami will need to be worn to keep the girls from showing.

I used a floral matt jersey that I have more than enough of to make something else. I highly recommend this pattern because its so easy, with next to no fuss (as long as the sizing suits).

If you recall a few days ago I reviewed New Look 6429 where I mentioned the back bodice having a lovely V shape where it attaches to the skirt, if you look at the image of the back of this dress, you will notice the bodice attaches to the skirt straight across! Now compare them & you will see why I prefer the New Look method. So much more flattering dont ya think?

Original review can be found here :