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Vaguely Nautical

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…

{ 17 comments… add one }
  • Valerie July 19, 2012, 7:42 am

    Wow! This is a beautiful dress. Great job!

  • Patrizia July 19, 2012, 7:53 am

    Simply beautiful! You look fantastic in this dress!

  • philomode July 19, 2012, 8:05 am

    it’s really a very fantastic dress, you’re so pretty with it

  • Katherine July 19, 2012, 8:14 am

    This is really pretty, Joni. I was umming and ahhing about buying this pattern earlier in the week, but with these sleeves I would have snapped it up.

    • Joni July 19, 2012, 9:12 am

      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.

  • Spikklubba July 19, 2012, 8:30 am

    That is so pretty, love the nautical theme.

  • ShanniLoves... July 19, 2012, 9:39 am

    Beautiful dress!

  • EmSewCrazy July 19, 2012, 10:12 am

    Lovely! What a beautiful job and a beautiful fit!

  • Starspangledheart July 19, 2012, 10:18 am

    I too have been stocking up on the Butterick reprints. I have this one in my stash and now I want to sew it up right away!

  • Housewife Betty July 19, 2012, 8:06 pm

    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!

  • Katrina - Edelweiss Patterns July 19, 2012, 8:34 pm

    Ohhh!! Pretty! I have been contemplating a vintage sailor dress myself lately, and you did a splendiforous job!

    Happy sewing,


  • lasandrou July 20, 2012, 1:51 am

    Wahou !!! That is a really really great dress !!!

  • Becky Culbertson July 20, 2012, 7:04 pm

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

  • Lizzy July 20, 2012, 7:06 pm

    WOW!!! JUST LOVE IT!!!!!!!! you did a great job! I love navy blue, love the complete outfit!

  • prttynpnk July 22, 2012, 6:28 am

    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!

  • Jo July 28, 2012, 11:47 pm

    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.

  • Jennifer Nelson September 20, 2012, 11:25 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous, lovely, perfect.

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