The “Drive Me Dotty” Dress

I recently finished this dress from a 1970’s pattern and some vintage fabric, after starting it MONTHS ago! I’m happy it’s finally done!!

I even managed to get some photos of it on me! Here’s what you need to know:


Fabric: Some sort of slinky synthetic, from an op-shop in Canberra ($4.50)

Pattern: Butterick 6730 from the 1970’s, View B (50c)

Features: Faux-wrap front, gathers at shoulder seams, elastic waist, and, most importantly, pockets!

Alterations: I chopped off about 6 inches from the skirt length. Next time, I’d add a couple inches to the bodice length.

Notions: Elastic for the waist (cut from an old fitted sheet!)

Total price: $5.00


Overall I’m pretty happy. It is not perfect! The fabric is static-y and cling-y, the gathering on the shoulders is not even, and the bodice is a bit short, so every time I lift my arms up the elastic waist jumps up onto my ribcage, and I’m forever pulling it down again. I’m happy with the pattern though, it is a very simple dress to make, with no closures, and the wrap part doesn’t even gape! (Maybe because of the shortness of the bodice though!!)

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3 comments… add one

  • It looks really good on you.

  • Very cute! Love the polka dots. It might be a sleeve/armhole adjustment that would prevent the dress from lifting when you raise your arms. I have a dress I sewed that does it too. It does look very nice, though!

  • Really pretty dress. Looks much better on you in your choice of fabric, than the drawings on the pattern envelope!


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