20’s inspired ‘nautical’ dress

I sewed up Butterick 5229 to make a 20’s inspired dress…took the ‘tunic pattern and made it long enough to be a dress. But not ridiculously long like on the pattern cover.

I used navy blue poly cotton and white bias (although I realized in the sunlight its actually cream!) binding. I also have wooden buttons. Although if I find some nice gold ones I will use those.

In addition to the basic dress I made some additions and alterations.

Bias binding on the hem

Or piping on the waistline

Pleats in the skirt (to allow for movement)

A cute bow (to cover up the join in the piping.)


Its came together fairly quickly…..I had enough left over to make a matching bow for my hair.


More details on my blog.

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I've always hand sewn but never created garments until recently. I love the retro/vintage style. Its so much more stylish and flattering than modern stuff. For my dancing escapades and folk music http://thelearningtoclogblog.blogspot.co.uk/ For sewing, craft and general blog http://stitchintimeandspace.blogspot.co.uk/

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  • Such a cute little nautical dress! I love the bows (and I’m not really a bow person)!

    • Thanks. I wasn’t sure weather to do the bows but as I had enough bias binding left thought ‘why not?’.

      I might put a tutorial on how to make them on my blog.


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