Vintage in development

This Butterick 3833 dress style was one I bought while managing the PR Vintage contest. The participants were very vintage inspired and knew their stuff so I did buy a couple of patterns.

The dress below is made of a Cue remnant fabric from Pitt Trading. The bodice is interfaced because the fabric needed more body to fit firmly.

What you see here is the first fitting. Now I want to wear this dress so I’ve:
– added lining to the skirt to give it a smoother flow
– taken 2cm off the centre back seams for a better fit
– replaced the zipper with a darker blue and the white bias strips now match up. 
I’m at the handstitching stage so that’s going to take some patience but the hand stitching that Anne and Sharon have done recently has convinced me that it will be worth the effort.

The white bias strips are a white shirt remnant. The bias strip edges will not be finished because they won’t fray. There are some white buttons to be purchased but I might use self covered white or blue buttons. What do you think?

I do have some more Cue remnant pieces but I’ll use those later. Much later.


  1. I really like the dress – ? 1970's? I would try the white button option first but I can never decide until I actually see it actually on – will be interesting to see what (& why) you choose.


  2. It's a lovely dress and very interesting in that Burda has a dress with a similar off-centre feature in a recent issue. I love the colour and I love the white with it. I'm seeing you dressed like Jackie O with little white gloves, handbag and hat.


  3. Thank you ladies for your feedback and ideas.
    I'm leaning towards white self-cover buttons too, without the button loops. Part of me thinks there will be enough on my bust without bottom loops. The bust pieces will be handsewn down, because of the way I've done the dress.


  4. Oh I love Vintage patterns! This one is very pretty and I look forward to seeing your masterpiece completed, I'm sure the hand stitching will definitely be worth it!


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