1950s | Dresses

Teal Polka Dot Dress for a Tea Party

September 2, 2015

I was invited to a tea party with instructions to wear a colorful dress, which meant, of course, I had to make a new one for the occasion. 😉

Butterick 5603

I chose Butterick 5603, and found just enough of the polka dot fabric to make the bodice, and paired it with a matching teal.

Butterick 5603

The bodice was a bit of a brain teaser, just because each piece looked so similar, it was a bit tricky to keep straight what was the front, back, left, or right! But I managed eventually. 🙂

Butterick 5603

Apologies for the wrinkles, pics were taken after the party!
Apologies for the wrinkles, pics were taken after the party!

All my raw seams were encased in rayon binding, which took a bit of time with all those skirt panels! But it’s worth it.

Innards

I certainly recommend the pattern, I really love the shape of the skirt! More pics and details on my blog here.

Butterick 5603

  1. Truly lovely! The shape complements you well and the shoes are the perfect addition. The way I keep track of pattern pieces is to write the piece number and the name’s initials (like BF for bodice front) on a piece of blue painter’s tape and stick it on the front of the fabric. The tape comes off without leaving any goo.

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