Late 80s-early90s butterick 4404

I thought I’d share.  It’s not that vintage or retro since it’s only 21 years old, but it’s certainly cute!  It took me a long time to locate a long sleeved pinafore dress that didn’t have ridiculously puffy sleeves.  I fancyied it up a bit, but the bones of the pattern are there:

I spent four days embroidering the skirt (it goes all the way around) and the waistband(ditto) and added lace to the bottom and the shoulder straps.  I also double needle pintucked the bodice of the dress, put on a purchased lace collar instead of a bastiste lace-edged one, and added lace to the sleeve side of the cuffs.

Here’s a detail of the embroidery

And here is the original pattern-

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  • Cute dress and great details. You need to contact me – you won my PJ giveaway some time back and never responded.

  • I didn't realize. Just emailed you. 🙂

  • That pattern was still sold in the late '90s. I used it to make a special dress for my daughter. Thanks for the memories.

  • Yeah. Kid's patterns tend to stay in print for a long, long time. I believe it's copyright 1989, though. 🙂


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