Years ago, when fabric shopping, a kind yet mad woman wrapped me up in a makeshift sari, telling me that I would look make a “beautiful bride” for her son. I laughed the whole thing off, insisting that I was involved, unwrapped myself from the fabric and bought what I needed.
What I hadn’t seen is she’d thrown in a length of the fabric she’d wrapped around me, and told me “not to tell her husband.” I was confused at the time, but once I’d got home and seen the fabric, I promised to make something pretty out of it and fondly remember the crazy woman.
Approximately four years later – I’ve finally used the fabric in a dress!
This dress uses the bodice from Butterick B5880, omitting the neckline notches, and has a pleated dirndl instead of the sarong skirt – and pockets! I can’t live without pockets in my dresses, and these large patch pockets are absolutely ideal for carrying around the essentials on a holiday, as I have found out!
Personally, I adore this dress, it’s comfortable and classy with just the right hint of “vintage”!
Black and silver check voile [stash]
Black cotton [stash]
- Pattern Alterations:
Omitted neckline notches, Replaced sarong skirt with pleated dirndl and patch pockets.
- Notions:Invisible zip
- Make again?:
Definitely! The whole dress is so comfortable, hangs beautifully and feels like a dream to wear! The bodice is roomy without being unflattering, which is so nice.
- Total price: £0!
You can read a little bit more about my thoughts on the dress and a little bit into the construction over here at Bourbon and Bras, if you so wish!
Thank you for reading, and have a lovely weekend!