Vintage B6282 has the 1940s written all over it.
A-line skirt? Check.
Shoulder pads? Check.
The utilitarian design in this Butterick sewing pattern gives it that extra-special 1940s Homefront look.
I sewed this particular dress for the Flags of the World Challenge!
Cohosted by a group of lovely ladies, the challenge encouraged everyone to draw inspiration from their home countries and make garments for the week of 4th of July!
- Renata from Running n Style made two beautiful garments- one blouse and one dress which both fit her amazingly.
- Judith Dee from Judith Dee World made two pieces– both of which look free and comfortable and absolutely gorgeous on her!
- Akram from Akram’s Ideas made a cute sailor-inspired top, which looks perfect for a summer BBQ!
Definitely check out their YouTube vlogs about their pieces: all of them came out lovely and it was super exciting to see their work!
Tackling vintage B6282 was a fun challenge.
As I talk about in my fitting video for Butterick 6282, this retro sewing pattern had a total of twenty pattern pieces.
The amount of detail in this pattern is staggering, but to be honest, had it used any less, it wouldn’t have been as successful as a Navy-inspired piece.
To really recreate the Navy feel, I top stitched absolutely everything.
I picked a gold/yellow/tan thread to pop out against the navy chambray I picked up from Britex Fabrics– though I probably could have also gone with a dark blue or even white thread.
After all was said and done, the top stitching made every detail really pop and you can almost feel the 1940s in this piece!
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I used a blue chambray from Britex Fabrics to give it that military look.
The Navy chambray has feel and drape that have a bit of stiff-ness, which hung beautifully since it’s originally marketed as shirting fabric. This was especially true when it formed beautifully to the structure of the shoulder pads!
There’s a crispness in the movement, and for vintage B6282, I didn’t want to have a particularly “soft” look.
Still, though, if you wanted to make this pattern in a gentler fabric, I would probably go with a poplin or rayon blend, which would make the garment more flow-y and less, “I’m here to welcome the boys home!” which was the look I was going for!
Would I make vintage B6282 again? Yes!
I was actually commenting to Jose while filming the How To Sew video (linked above) that I wanted to make a short sleeve version of this dress as well.
The only tedious aspect of it (besides the cutting) was the monotony of some of the design elements. This pattern has seven button holes, seven buttons, four snaps, and a ton of topstitching. And that can get exhausting when you just want to wear your creation.