1940s | 1950s | Dresses | Vintage Sewing

Brocade Butterflies Dress

September 22, 2015


Hello everybody! I have another dress today, this time it’s a retro 40’s/50’s inspired wiggle dress in a beautiful poly brocade!



I had this butterfly and floral patterned brocade in my fabric stash for years, and it was high time I finally put it to use! I needed a dress to wear for an evening wedding and decided a classic wiggle dress would be perfect in this fabric. I used the same bodice pattern I used for my last dress I showed you all a few weeks ago, only adjusting the neckline into a sweetheart shape. I really like these little kimono sleeves as I like having my shoulders and upper arms covered if I can. I think the main thing I have learned about sewing with poly brocades like this one over the years is to finish the raw edges by sergeing or using a zig-zag stitch over them. I am super happy with how this dress came out as it will be so useful to have for nice dinners out and other evening events! You can see more photos over on my blog The Closet Historian!



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