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1960 Tangerine Eyelet Sundress

Hello fellow vintage sewists!

Just stopping by to share my latest creation using Retro Butterick 5748, a pattern reissue from 1960.

Retro Butterick 5748 in tangerine and ivory eyelet

I made this out of tangerine cotton eyelet shirting that has butterfly print border and ivory floral eyelet.  My tangerine eyelet was in a Fabric Mart bundle, so I was working with limited yardage (2 1/2 yds) and had to be very careful to be able to cut out the circle skirt.  I barely had enough left to make the bow on the bodice!  I cut the skirt out of the solid part of the eyet and then cut the border and sewed in on to the hem.  I ended up with only a couple of small scraps left after this project!

Tangerine cotton eyelet shirting

Ivory cotton eyelet

I used ivory cotton eyelet for the bodice and also made a tie sash out of it as well.  I lined my dress with white cotton batiste and made a light summer petticoat with Simplicity 5006 in white cotton muslin.

Retro Butterick 5748 in tangerine/ivory cotton eyelet

I just love this dress!  This is the second time that I’ve used this pattern and it goes together quickly.  It’s perfect for summer and mine is light and airy and twirl-worthy. 🙂

Definitely twirl-worthy!


Happy Sewing!




About the author: I hail from a Northern California cattle ranch where I live with my husband and our fur kids. I’ve been sewing since I was a wee lass and am in love with fashions of the past — especially the 1910s and 20s. I’m a former anthro-archaeologist who now spends her days rescuing Border Collies, repurposing “trash”, organic gardening and adding to my fabric stash. I sew daily and mostly for myself as a girl can never have too many dresses.

{ 11 comments… add one }
  • cup + penny July 12, 2013, 4:15 pm

    Ooh, I love the tangerine color!

  • Joni July 12, 2013, 5:11 pm

    It’s like a dreamsicle! Love the shoes, too.

    • tanyamaile July 12, 2013, 5:13 pm

      Definitely! The shoes have an eyelet pattern, too. 🙂

  • Shaysierae July 12, 2013, 7:00 pm

    Love it! 🙂 I love how you thought to use the eyelet part of the fabric as a trim for your skirt 🙂 just beautiful.

    • tanyamaile July 12, 2013, 9:32 pm

      Thank you! It took me a little while to figure out how best to use it, but I use it, but I sure like how it turned out.

  • Susan July 12, 2013, 9:08 pm

    I love your twirly photo! Nice use of the fabric.

  • mariebayarea July 12, 2013, 9:43 pm

    Pretty tangerine dress. I like the bow in top.

  • Katherine July 15, 2013, 8:48 pm

    I have no idea how I missed this – very pretty! Happy twirling 😉

  • EmSewCrazy July 16, 2013, 7:02 pm

    SO pretty! What lovely fabrics you chose for a lovely dress.

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