The Curtain Dress (Butterick 5748)

by MelissaO on April 6, 2013 · 10 comments

in 1950s,1960s,Dresses,Vintage Sewing

Hi, I’m Melissa, a blogger and longtime sewing enthusiast from the central coast of California. This is my first post on WeSewRetro. I’m so excited to share one of my favorite sewing projects with fellow vintage lovers!

The idea for this project began when I found this amazing fabric at a thrift store in the form of some old curtains. I loved the print and the colors, and  I knew I could give those curtains new life as a dress. I decided to try it out on one of my new retro Butterick patterns, #5748. I modified the pattern slightly due to the directional design of my fabric, making a gored skirt instead of the circle skirt of the pattern. I made the bow removable so I can change the look a little bit.

You can check out my post for this dress here on my blog, Scavenger Hunt. -Melissa

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Katherine April 6, 2013 at 12:00 pm

Welcome, Melissa! I’m a sucker for anything made from curtains – you can get some amazing yardage for practically no cost.


MelissaO April 7, 2013 at 6:37 pm

Thank you Katherine! I was so excited to come across the site the other day…I’m not sure how I missed it before. I love sharing and getting inspiration from other vintage lovers!


mokosha April 6, 2013 at 12:50 pm

really cute dress :)


Vera April 6, 2013 at 10:36 pm

Love it! Really cute.


Erika April 7, 2013 at 12:53 am

What a fabric find! And your pattern selection really allows the fabric to stand out!


PepperReed April 7, 2013 at 11:17 am

Fabulous!! I love it when I find great ‘fabric’ at the Thrift Store in the form of curtains (or sheets)! The fabric is great and your dress is Lovely. Good Job!


MelissaO April 7, 2013 at 6:34 pm

Thanks! I actually have a couple of sheets I’ve been saving too. Now just to figure out what to make with them!


Lise Neely April 8, 2013 at 6:31 am

Fabulous fashion upcycle project. Thrift store finds are the best! Great job, lovely dress.


Viola April 11, 2013 at 11:11 am

Love the colors in the print! I think it’s fun to make clothes out of curtains.



mariebayarea April 14, 2013 at 12:31 am

This is a pretty dress for spring/summer.


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