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Pattern Review: Butterick 6286 Retro Suit

Threads #186, Aug./Sept. 2016
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Sewing Tip: For a 1940s touch, make bound buttonholes and use vintage buttons.

This review was originally featured in Threads #186 (August/September 2016). If this pattern is no longer readily available via the pattern company, try searching online for the pattern name and number, or try Etsy.com or eBay.com.

Butterick 6286

This 1944 design, updated from the Butterick archives, has extended, padded shoulders. The slim cut, however, reveals an hourglass shape. Horizontal seams divide the jacket bodice into three sections. View A has a double collar as well as contrasting flaps in the horizontal seams. View B has a single collar. On both views, the jacket lower front and back are shaped with vertical darts. The below-knee, semifitted, unlined skirt is shaped with side-front seams and back darts, and closes at the side with a lapped zipper with a shield, or a placket and snaps. The supplies list includes batting for custom-made shoulder pads, but it does not specify the type or weight. For fashion fabric, select light- to medium-weight wovens.

(Sized Misses’ 8-24 for busts 31.5-46 in. and hips 33.5-48 in.)

Sewing Tip: For a 1940s touch, make bound buttonholes and use vintage buttons.

-Tested by Leslie Ashcraft, Tijeras, New Mexico

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