Butterick 5605, a repro pattern, is easily my favorite of the two. The design of the bodice is very geometric, and it would be my first time working with kimono sleeves (which I've been dying to try!). Did You Make That has an excellent tutorial for handling the sleeve gussets in this dress.
The second pattern was charming Butterick 5357, which will be stored in the pattern box until summer (or until I find a suitable fabric--maybe a lovely eyelet like View B).
I have plans to make B605, the 50's repro, very soon, because I found suitable fabric recently. My university's town is failry affluent and their yard sales are worth the 45 minute drive. I bought about 2.5 yards of a lovely, super-soft black cotton for $1.75; I suspect this cotton has either some rayon or a higher thread count because it is suprisingly, luxuriously soft and it will be perfect as a lining. At an estate sale the same day, I bought 2 yards of a brown-grayish (it looked black when I bought it!) suiting for $1. Not only was the fabric cheap and obviously good quality, but I was attracted to how black it looked in the lighting of the house. However, when I got home, I realized the fabric was actually brown-gray, and kinda dull...but the reverse side was a more hopeful maroon-gray! Which side of the fabric would you choose?
|An exceptionally soft (possibly some rayon?) black cotton.|
|Kinda bleh color but it's not so bad in person.|
|Less bleh-colored maroonish...oh, what have I done?|