Retro Butterick 6256 Jacket – a vintage reissue of a 1947 suit. The jacket has a back peplum and the skirt is the long, mid-calf length, typical for its time. I made the jacket for my Lucille Ball outfit for a recent performance of “Cuban Pete”.I cut away the front hem so it curved like the one Lucy wore. The metallic tissue lame type fabric (from Fabric.com) was a nightmare. It frayed like crazy. It frayed as soon as I picked up the cut pattern pieces. So I did a line of straight stitch around all the edges. I tried the 3-Step-Zigzag stitch, but it made things worse.
I did a quick-and-dirty tissue fit with the pattern pieces. I didn’t have time to do a muslin mock up so there are fitting issues I wasn’t able to address before sewing the fashion fabric. For me, tissue fitting only gives me a moderate amount of information, so I tend to use the tissue fit method only on simpler garments.You can see the back bodice is too long for my short torso and it’s too tight in the underarm area. I recall reading elsewhere about the tightness under the arms and how one sewist solved it by adding a gusset to the underarm. If you use this pattern, definitely do a mock up muslin to fine tune the fit.But hey, it’s a costume and won’t be worn more than a few times. I replaced the buttons with a frog closure which gave me more freedom of movement since I had to dance in this jacket. Plus I didn’t have to sew buttonholes. That would have been bad in this fabric!This fragile fabric will not stand up to many wearings. The metallic threads pull and pop apart. Had I more time and if this were to be something I wanted around for a long time, I would have applied a super lightweight iron-on interfacing I have in my stash to all the pieces.
Playing Lucy was a blast!I found the vintage 1950s hat on Etsy.
And now I’ll leave you with a stocking flashie! The stockings are from What Katie Did.
Youtube video of “Cuban Pete” performance: Cuban Pete with Steven and Christina