Mid 1910s Dress Costume Sewing Pattern bust 36 b36 Butterick Publishing Co reproduction

Pattern Number: 6517


Dated to November 1913

Size: 36″ Bust, 25″ Waist and 40″ Hip

This set contains 13 pattern pieces

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Mid 1910s Dress Costume Sewing Pattern bust 36 b36 Butterick Publishing Co reproduction

Pattern Number: 6517


Dated to November 1913

Size: 36″ Bust, 25″ Waist and 40″ Hip

This set contains 13 pattern pieces

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On all US Orders over $50!

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Why Choose This Pattern?

This Mid 1910s Dress Costume sewing pattern was originally published by The Butterick Publishing Company
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Butterick Pattern 6517 was advertised in the November 1913 issue of the Delineator. In describing the garment, the author wrote, "Design 6517 admirably demostrates the charm of studied simplicity--a simplicity that is distinguished by graceful lines and perfect proportions. The attached skirt is a four-piece model in clearing length and measures at the lower edge in medium size about one yard and five-eighths. The lapped middle back and front seams are smart and becoming. The waistline is slightly raised and the blouse-waist is soft and full above the girdle. The loose, easy fit of this waist is one of its chief attractions, and the soft drapery effect around and under the arms is very fashionable. The extra length in the sleeve and the blousing of the waist are excellent style features. No attempt should be made to fit a waist of this style closely to the figure. The body is cut in one with the full-length or shorter sleeve. The full-length sleeve with the slight fulness above the cuff is new and mart. The outline of the low neck is pretty and very well liked. For those who prefer it, the neck may be high with a standing collar having a straight or curved lower edge. The large collar is good and usually becoming, but many may prefer to omit it and use a tulle frilling instead..the popular peplum in cut-away outline may also be omitted."

About our featured image, taken from the 1913 Delineator, was written, "On the figure illustrated above is shown a dress that is distinguished by smart simplicity and excellent lines. It is developed in gabardine with tulle frills at the neck-opening and wrists. The center-front closing in the skirt and in the waist are appreciated for the ease with which the gown may be put on and removed. The sleeve is the conspicuously new feature, the fulness above the cuff suggesting a bishop sleeve...a smart peplum may be added to the gown if desired."

On the original packaging, the garment was described as a "The loose, easy fit of this waist [blouse], the soft drapery effect around and under the arm is very fashionable. The blousing of waist and extra length in sleeve are good style and permit raising the arm comfortably. No attempt should be made to fit the waist closely to the figure."
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This Dress Costume pattern was designed to fit the size and shape of an Mid 1910s woman with 36” bust, 25” waist and 40” hips. This is the only size offered with this pattern.

For resizing information, see https://pastpatterns.com/resizing-vintage-patterns/

There are 13 pattern pieces in this set.
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Materials Required

Dress with Peplum
5-1/8 Yds. 36" wide

Dress without Peplum
4-1/2 Yds. 36" wide

The Delineator continued, "Suitable materials for the development of this design are gabardine, serge, ratine, velours de laine, corded woolens, stripes, checks, peau de souris, charmeuse, moire and corded silks."

Similar gowns of this era were colored solid pale cream, khakis, deep brown, greens, rose, purples and blues or combinations of these colors in plaids or stripes.
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The package includes a copy of the original artwork, a sizing chart and a materials required chart on the front cover. The directions are written on the back of the pattern envelope and include a diagram of pattern pieces labeling the center fronts, plackets, etc. and the Outlet seam allowance. An Outlet seam allowance is explained, "On certain edges of this pattern, an outlet allowance is provided for letting out the garment, if necessary. These edges are marked by large single perforations O O O O O through which the basting should be made. . . . On all other edges, 3/8 inch is allowed for seams and finishing, . . . ." Inside the booklet are historical notes on the paper pattern industry from the era and the Past Pattern Guide to Editing Garments Due to Bust Size. The patterns are on 3 sheets, computer drawn and computer printed, emulating the originals, 1 36”x35”, 1 36”x46” and 1 36”x47”.
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Our patterns are printed on 20 lb. white paper and packaged in a reusable plastic. We always attempt to offer the most reasonable shipping rates for domestic and international orders. Multi item purchases are automatically adjusted for combined shipping.
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Additional information

Weight 10 oz
Dimensions 13 × 10 × 2 in

Sizing Information

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