1950s | 1960s | Dresses | Vintage Sewing

My First Dress – Butterick 5747

January 15, 2015

Hello, everyone! I just discovered this community and though it would be fun to show off my latest project here!

I only started sewing my own clothing last year, and while I’ve drafted a few skirts here and there, dresses had always made me feel very, very nervous, so this is my first attempt at sewing a dress. Hopefully not the last!

This teapot-printed linen was bought from a Spotlight store in Australia in the upholstery section (of all places) and the bridal satin for the collar was from a local liquidation store. The buttons are hand-made, covered with scraps of satin and the kits are from Daiso Japan. Altogether, I think this project cost me around $25 or so. The pattern cost me next to nothing, which is how I ended up going on a crazy pattern buying spree on boxing day. You can find the pattern here (on sale!) at Butterick.

I was especially excited about the pattern-matching I managed to pull off. It chewed up fabric like nobody’s business, but from a distance, the side seams are almost invisible. (I never would have believed it, but my hips are exactly 6 teapots wide.)

Alterations I made to the pattern include adding an extra few pleats in the front to make the waist smaller, and adding on belt loops. Still haven’t decided whether I want to add some cute teapot pockets on, but suffice to say, after almost a week’s worth of work, I think I’m pretty done, haha.

All in all, 10/10, would make this dress again! You can find more pictures of this dress, as well as a few other sewing projects I’ve completed recently, on my blog.

Thank you for reading,

Demi x

  1. This dress!!! I love it. You did a really gorgeous job, the fabric is super fun, your fit is spot on, and it’s really nice to see this made up. I have this pattern, and I love the collar, but you never really know how things are going to look until you see them sewn up.

    1. I know, right? The way they made up the pattern in that shocking bright yellow on the website looked super goofy, but I did a Google search for other uses of the same pattern and I thought I might be able to pull it off without it looking silly! 🙂

  2. I wasn’t interested in this pattern before. And now I think it is so adorable! You did very good work. I’m quite impressed with the matching side seams. I will definitely pick this up the next time Joann’s has a sale.

  3. Wow, amazing dress. I love your fabric choice and how you paired it with the white collar. And the fit as well as you pattern matching is just perfect.
    Really great work!

  4. I am older and have sewn a lot over the years – I have to say that is a VERY well-made dress! You are clearly a very meticulous seamstress. In particular, I like how the collar is sewn – it is crisp, yet not stiff, and lies very well.

    1. That means so much to me, thank you! I am a slow worker but very careful with how I sew! The way the collar is sitting can probably be attributed most to the fabric! Bridal satin has quite a nice drape to it–will definitely be making collars out of it again.

  5. What a great dress !! You did a beautiful job. After seeing your photos, I followed the link to the pattern. I was surprised to discover that I have this pattern, but have never been inspired to make it up – who knew it could look so good !

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