Hello everyone! I hope you’re having a great week so far. Can you believe we’re already in the month of March? Spring is on it’s way. Since my return to sewing a few years ago, I can’t seem to get myself ready in time for the changing seasons quickly enough to sew my garments ahead of time. Although today’s blog post highlights a garment that attempts moving toward spring sewing, I’m not really ready. I still have a coat and several cardigans, turtleneck tops and lots of sweater knit fabric that I’d love to work through before transitioning into spring sewing. Ooooh, what to do? What to do???
1960’s Retro Dress – Butterick 5748
Today’s look was inspired by the black & white, polka dot fabric that I used to make this dress. It has been in my stash for quite a while and I’ve been waiting for an opportunity to use it. I’ve actually pictured it as a vintage or retro look, so when I ran across this pattern I thought it would be a happy marriage. The dress would have been nice with an all-over polka dot look. However, I wanted to break up the dots with a little color blocking, so I added a solid bodice.
The dress is an easy sew, with only 4-pieces (5 if adding the bow). However, it is fully lined with a side zipper. Therefore, if you’re a new beginner and haven’t installed a lining or side zipper, I would recommend waiting until you’re comfortable with both techniques. I omitted the lining for the skirt because my fabric was thick enough and didn’t need it. I inserted the zipper at center back, instead of putting it on the side simply because I don’t care for side zippers. The beauty of sewing your own garments is that you have the liberty of changing things around to your liking. Hehehe!
Styling the Dress
I really love vintage and retro style dresses. While I don’t go full on vintage from head to toe, I do enjoy mixing the pieces with more modern accessories and other items from different eras. In today’s look, I mixed a little 1960’s (dress) with a bit of 1920’s (cloche), then brought it up to date a bit with the shoes.
The flare on the skirt portion was achieved with a petticoat). I used tulle leftover from a prom dress, cut it to desired length and adjusted the waist. While it worked out for this skirt, I’m not a big fan of tulle, so I have different plans for the next full skirt. I will leave a link below to a site where you may purchase petticoats. I’ve also linked to a tutorial for making a crinoline petticoat. The instructions seem to be very thorough, and I’m excited to make one of my own following Dixie’s tutorial.
Create the Look!
- Pattern: Butterick 5748 (View B)
- Skirt Fabric: Options
- Bodice Fabric: White Ponte Knit
- Shoes: Off Saks 5th (old)
- Gloves: Gifted
- Pearls: Gifted
- Purchase a Petticoat
- Make a Petticoat
Thanks for stopping by!
Remember: When you live in your DESIGN, it is from there that God SHINES!
(All Photos Courtesy of CEMO!)