The Curtain Dress (Butterick 5748)

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

• Meet the Author • MelissaO


I'm a vintage-loving girl from California with an obsession with sewing, blogging, crafting, and thrifting!


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

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    • 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!

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  • really cute dress :)

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  • Love it! Really cute.

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

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  • 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!

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

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

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

    -Viola

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  • This is a pretty dress for spring/summer.

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