1970s | Dresses

The “Drive Me Dotty” Dress

August 31, 2012

I recently finished this dress from a 1970’s pattern and some vintage fabric, after starting it MONTHS ago! I’m happy it’s finally done!!

I even managed to get some photos of it on me! Here’s what you need to know:


Fabric: Some sort of slinky synthetic, from an op-shop in Canberra ($4.50)

Pattern: Butterick 6730 from the 1970’s, View B (50c)

Features: Faux-wrap front, gathers at shoulder seams, elastic waist, and, most importantly, pockets!

Alterations: I chopped off about 6 inches from the skirt length. Next time, I’d add a couple inches to the bodice length.

Notions: Elastic for the waist (cut from an old fitted sheet!)

Total price: $5.00


Overall I’m pretty happy. It is not perfect! The fabric is static-y and cling-y, the gathering on the shoulders is not even, and the bodice is a bit short, so every time I lift my arms up the elastic waist jumps up onto my ribcage, and I’m forever pulling it down again. I’m happy with the pattern though, it is a very simple dress to make, with no closures, and the wrap part doesn’t even gape! (Maybe because of the shortness of the bodice though!!)

More on my blog!

  1. Very cute! Love the polka dots. It might be a sleeve/armhole adjustment that would prevent the dress from lifting when you raise your arms. I have a dress I sewed that does it too. It does look very nice, though!

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