Butterick 5603

Today’s project is a fail and I’m sharing it because it’s a modern reprint and I hope to warn other sewists away from it.  I’m only hanging on to it because, having made it to 20lbs lost, I have very few items in my wardrobe that fit.  Also, I have become convinced of the power of corduroy.  This jumper/pinafore is WARM!

Here is my patternreview.com review of Butterick 5603.

Pattern Description:
Fitted dresses A, B, C with flared skirt, below mid-knee, have lined bodice, princess seams and side zipper. A: bateau neckline with band and bow at upper and lower bodice edges. B: tie wrapped around each shoulder and knotted forms bow. C: bodice crosses at front and back. Purchased petticoat.
Pattern Sizing:6-20 I used 20

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? mostly

Were the instructions easy to follow? yes

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I like the retro styling

Fabric Used: large wale corduroy from fabric.com

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: The only style change to view A was to omit the bows and waist band, as I thought the think corduroy wouldn’t handle it. I made a ton of fit changes. I did my standard changes for modern patterns: 1in FBA and petite fold above the waist. I also shortened the skirt quite a bit.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I don’t know if it’s worth the effort to fix everything that is wrong with this pattern. No, I would not recommend this to anyone who has experience with real vintage patterns.

Conclusion: This pattern is the perfect example of why I usually stay away from reprints and use real vintage ones instead. This pattern didn’t fit like a modern Butterick pattern and it didn’t fit like a real, vintage pattern. My FBA added an inch in length to the bodice front, but the seam is still right at the bust apex. That isn’t unusual for a vintage pattern since they are drafted for more substantial undergarments that raise the bust a lot. On the other hand, based on the numbers printed on the pattern piece, I expected little to no ease through the waist. This dress has so much ease in the waist that I can pull it over my head without unzipping the side zip. In the picture below, I’m kind of holding the extra fabric at the waist so it looks better.  A real vintage pattern is usually a little too snug at the waist for me and requires shapewear. This pattern takes the worst of both vintage fitting (too high bust) and modern fitting (too much ease) and combines to make a fitting nightmare. If you are experienced with real vintage patterns, I say stay away. You’ll get a much better fitting dress with a real vintage pattern.

Butterick 5603

About andreahg

I'm a stay-at-home wife and mom to two boys, a cat and two rough collies. I love to sew and knit with vintage patterns, primarly from the WWII era.
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6 Responses to Butterick 5603

  1. Sorry you had so much trouble with it. But it looks really pretty on you.

  2. ps.. for got to add….. congrats on the loosing 20 pounds.. Looking great..

  3. ksgentry says:

    Thanks for the pattern review, I love reading others experiences before I try a pattern, that way I kinda know what I am getting myself into. Perhaps it is just me but I love it on you. And the corduroy will get so warm in the upcoming cold months. And a high five on the loss of 20 pounds! Looking good!

  4. bexthefemme says:

    Oh, I made View B for my sister too!
    Agree that there’s waaay too much ease in this baby. I ended up going by the finished waist measurement printed on the pattern and went down two sizes.

    Congrats on the weight loss 🙂

  5. erikaheidewald says:

    I lost some weight recently too – it’s so frustrating when you want to show it off but now all your clothes are baggy and don’t look good! Especially with vintage fashions, I feel like vintage clothes look great when they fit well but a bad fit really affects the style.

  6. Nessa says:

    Thanks for your honest review. I do have this pattern but have been putting off making it up. Although you seem to have wrestled with the fitting issues well and have come up with a comfy looking dress for Autumn.

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