Hi folks! I wanted to post and show off my latest vintage creation. I used the Butterick Repro 5748 for the bodice
and I used vintage Simplicity 4252 for the skirt. I wanted a more fitted skirt because my fabric, which I bought thinking was a regular cotton (that’ll teach me to read the full description before I hit “buy it now!”), is more of a heavy jacquard. This type of fabric makes for great structured pencil skirts.
And here’s my finished dress!
As you can see, I opted to eschew the bow on the front of the dress. I like it this way as I thought it was a little too sweet having it in the front. I like to think of this dress like a mullet haircut; business in the front and party in the back!
This fabric was not your standard border print as I’d thought. It’s hard to describe but half the fabric was patterned one way, with more of the white and the roses, and then the other half was printed with more roses and less white. I had to have a plan in place before I did any cutting at all. I really wanted to play with the directional nature of this print, so I have the roses on the bodice climbing up from the waist, and the roses on the skirt “growing” down from the waist. I like this treatment as is draws the eye to areas of my body that I like and camouflages those I’m not as fond of
Finally, for all you vintage loving peeps out there, the final touch on this dress was my self fabric belt. I had this old kit from the sixties in my stash and was waiting for just the right dress to use it with. I think I did right by using it on this one!
I must say I’m pretty proud of myself. I’ll bet you that this is one I’ll wear into the office and people will not know that I made it. I’m on the lookout for the perfect little blue or pale green cardigan to pair with it to make it office appropriate! Thanks for letting me share!