Oooohhh La La!!! Now you KNOW Gertie is the Queen of Vintage (IMHO). Almost all of her dresses are drool-worthy creations. I’m a huge fan of Retro and Vintage style dresses, but I don’t do the full look. I like to mix it with what’s current, which fits my style more.
This past Saturday, I attended a speech contest where I worked the registration table. Well, you know me, so of course I had to make a new dress for the occasion. Hahaha!!! It’s what I DO!!!
I recently joined a Toastmasters group in my town and I’ve been attending the local meetings every Friday morning. When I heard the club would be hosting the District Speech Contest, I jumped in to volunteer my time to help. I made the table centerpieces and asked to work the registration table.
The color scheme was blue and white but I didn’t pick this fabric for that reason. I had actually planned to make another dress but changed my mind because I needed something to sew up in a few days. Again, I waited until the last minute and found myself in a time crunch, like I did when I made this TRACK SUIT last week.
When I came across BUTTERICK 6484, I knew it would be a perfect fit for the occasion. The President of the club expressed a strong desire to put on a “classy” event. Ooohhh, brother, I’ve got you COVERED!!!
I pulled this Blue & White Jacquard from my fabric collection because I knew it would be a perfect marriage with the pattern. This was a purchased from JoAnn’s during a 70% OFF, unplanned, pattern haul last year. The shopping trip prompted my first PATTERN HAUL VIDEO, and when I showed this fabric, I actually said that it would be used to make a vintage dress. Unfortunately, this particular fabric is no longer available on the website.
Butterick 6484 – Vintage Fit & Flare Dress by Gertie
I was attracted to this pattern for several reasons. First, I LOVE fit & flare looks because of their elegant and ladylike appeal. Secondly, I like how the drop-waist design accentuates the curve of the waist. Finally, the square neck-line — Ooohhh, Love, Love, Love!!!
This dress is fully lined and the skirt lining has a ruffle at the bottom to create a petticoat. I omitted the ruffle because I didn’t have netting, or the time to go out and purchase it. Fortunately, it can be added later. I’m so glad there’s a petticoat detail in this pattern because, well over a year ago, I looked all over the internet, trying to find one for a dress I was planning to make. Never found one, and now here it is. Thanks Gertie!!!
Once I finished the dress, I tried it on, went to zip the back and……. SHOCK!!! I couldn’t zip my dress up!!! The zipper pull went just past the seam where the bodice and skirt meet, then nothing. Nobody was there to help me, so I quickly resorted to contortionist behavior, twisting my arms in awkward positions, bending over, arching my back to try and make my torso shorter somehow, but NOTHING!!!
Then……TEARS!!! I cried a little, not because I couldn’t zip my dress, but because my husband used to zip my dresses for me.
I began to remember the times he would zip me up, then smile because he liked my dress. He would sometimes say, “Gone Nee Nee!” Then I would model for him and we would both crack up laughing. Ooohhh, the memories. Beautiful, rich and cherished are the memories.
What was I gonna do? I needed to wear this dress to the event the next day and the boys weren’t gonna be home when I got dressed. I ran to YouTube and found THIS VIDEO! Oh my gosh, I laughed so hard—like really loud laughter because I swear that lady in the video was me only minutes before watching. My sadness went away, but I needed something right away, so I watched another video and made my own DIY ZIPPER ASSISTANT. Hahaha!!! And it WORKS!!! Ooohhh, my zipper problems are forever solved. Thank you GOD!!! Whew!
I love this dress so much and I’ll definitely get lots of use from it. I plan to wear it to church, tea parties, and other events. I can’t wait to rock it with a big floppy hat and gloves. YEEESSS!!!
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