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Holiday Butterick B5603 Pinup Dress [Collab + Video]

Butterick B5603 Pinup dress, silk dupioni fabric from Britex Fabrics | @VintageonTap

Butterick B5603 Pinup dress, silk dupioni fabric from Britex Fabrics | @VintageonTap

Butterick B5603 Pinup dress, shoulder tie | @VintageonTap

Butterick B5603 Pinup dress, back view | @VintageonTap

Union Square Christmas Tree | @VintageonTap

Butterick B5603 Pinup dress, Union Square Christmas Tree | @VintageonTap

My holiday Butterick B5603 pinup dress is ready for Christmas morning. 

After the last couple months being crazy in my corner of the world, it’s so nice to be able to post such a fun, festive dress to start wrapping up the end of the year. This dress was sewn in conjunction with Britex Fabrics, who kindly donated a gorgeous silk dupioni that shimmers gold in the light. Please note that the color fabric I have is SOLD OUT! But there are still plenty of dupioni options available on the Britex website.

My B5603 holiday dress was also sewn as part of a collab with…

Allie J!

Butterick B5603 dress, made by Allie J | @VintageonTap

Butterick B5603 dress, made by Allie J | @VintageonTap

Butterick B5603 dress, made by Allie J | @VintageonTap

Doesn’t her dress look amazing?

We decided a month or so back to tackle the same pattern and give it our own twist. Allie chose version A of Butterick B5603 and I chose version B. Both versions feature a handpicked zipper, and a gored, flared skirt. The instructions for both dresses are nearly the same… except for the approach of the bodice which can give this pattern a totally different feeling!

Allie goes into her thoughts and experiences sewing version A of this pattern over at her blog; please go check it out!

I love the textured fabric Allie used for her dress, which gives her garment a super luxe feeling. It’s absolutely her style- very timeless and very classy (reminds me of something First Lady Michelle Obama might wear!) I also like the addition of the second pleated detail on the waist line, which breaks up the long line on the skirt. Allie also runs a mailing list where you can keep up with her different projects and get a behind the scenes look into her life. Click here to subscribe to keep up with Allie! 

For my version B of B5603, I decided to go full classic glam. 

Butterick B5603 Pinup dress, made in Britex Fabrics | @VintageonTap

Butterick B5603 Pinup dress, made in Britex Fabrics | @VintageonTap

Butterick B5603 Pinup dress, silk dupioni | @VintageonTap

When I chose the silk for this dress, I wanted shimmer and fabric with body, so dupioni was an amazing choice. It holds its shape super well and rustles in a very luxurious way when I walk. For me, this immediately became a dry-clean only dress, so super special care taken from beginning to end on construction. In this particular fabric, the warp and weft are two different colors, so when I move in the sun, it changes colors.

Vintage sewing techniques in this pinup dress include extreme (!!) use of silk organza throughout to prevent warping at the neckline, waist seam, and zipper insertion point. Also, rayon seam binding was used quite a bit. To add extra stability to the entire piece, though, I used silk charmeuse as underlining.

If you’re interested in making B5603, I created a quick little PDF cheat sheet of the following techniques I used on this dress, which are not outlined in Butterick’s directions, but I recommend using to make your piece more authentically vintage:

  • Underlining
  • Using silk organza

To download the cheat sheet, just fill out the form below!


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  1. Hi there gorgeous! Love this dress! Super glam! A little bit of shimmer is always great for the Christmas and new year party season. Hi 5 on the organza stabiliser, not a stretched out edge in sight. The pleated bust gives just the right amount of vintage shaping too! Love, love, love!!! ❤️❤️❤️ Also gotta investigate rayon hem tape, never seen that in the uk, I thought it was a vintage item, not made anymore.

    • Thanks for the comment, girlie! I thought hem tape was no longer made, but apparently the company that originally made it is still making it- I had no idea! When I went to go pick up this fabric, I was shocked that I was even able to find it- I was prepared to order it from Etsy. And organza has become my recent love- I want to use it for everything, everywhere, all the time. Obsessed now haha

  2. Suzette Suzette

    Absolutely gorgeous, color, fabric, perfect!

    • Thank you so much, JeTua!

  3. dians massey dians massey

    your dress is amazing! AllieJ’s is too! So much fun to see the two sewn up and both so beautiful and totally different.

    • Thanks, Dians! It’s definitely super cool to see both flavors come through in the fabric choice– goes to show that you can make a pattern do what you want it to, just in fabric selection!

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