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Vaguely Nautical

July 19, 2012

This is one of two vintage dresses I’ve made for myself this month (the second is awaiting a belt). I had a pair of vintage spectator pumps, and really needed something to wear with them.

This was my first time using a Retro Butterick reprint. You might not be able to tell from the finished dress, but I used #5603.

I’ve been stocking up on Retro Buttericks whenever Hancock’s or JoAnn’s has a 99 cent sale. True vintage Buttericks are some of my favorites to sew with, and I’ve noticed this one cropping up a lot on PatternReview and other sewing blogs. I did add sleeves and 1,000 miles of bias trim (which I made myself… why?) as well as a hidden pocket in the non-zipper side seam. The other thing about this dress is that it’s quite a bit longer than my other vintage dresses. Anything with a full skirt I usually hem so that it hits right below the knee. But I went with a mid-calf length on this one and was quite pleased. (Of course now I am on the hunt for a tea-length petticoat to wear with it!)

I really love how this turned out! I used a fabric called ‘pimalene’ that I found for $2/yard at my local fabric store… think Kaufman Pimatex with a slight stretch. It was a wonderful fabric to sew with.. and I used notions from my stash so the whole dress was less than $10!

One more shot of the dress in action…

    1. Get it in the next 99 cent sale! This pattern sews up like a DREAM. The darts in the skirt pieces give it a really nice waist definition, I was very pleased.

  1. OMG So Cute! The bias trim was worth the effort. I really think details like trims and buttons make a huge difference in turning a good pattern into something really special. Love it!

  2. Really cute. I have this pattern and keep pulling it out. Now I will have to. Love the added sleeves, by the way.

  3. I have this pattern and like it- now I’ve seen yours and I MUST MAKE THIS SOON !!! You’ve really highlighted the details on this beautifully. Nicely done!

  4. This dress is beautiful. It compliments you wonderfully. Geeze, I really wish I paid attention when my mom was sewing !! She doesn’t sew as much as she used to when I was younger. I want to try sewing. As a plus size wearer, it’s “sew” hard finding dresses that fit properly w/o altering.

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