Polka Dot Dress
Posted on Sunday the 26th February 2017 by Tip Top Sewing
Hello everyone, my project for today is, probably, the most exciting for me out of all of those I’ve done for Minerva Crafts Blogger Network so far.
I’m a big fan of 50's fashion and even though I like simple patterns, I’m always looking for very authentic, original designs. Combine them with a Vintage Style Fabric – and you get a perfect retro dress! The project matches this idea perfectly.
In the last few years I was dreaming of making a 50's style white and black polka dot dress. Sounds like an easy project, doesn’t it? Unfortunately, it’s not. First of all, it may sound strange, but it’s not as easy to find the perfect white and black polka dot fabric. Sometimes the dots are too small or too big, quite often they aren’t located in the right symmetric order, etc, etc… Second of all, very often the fabric’s composition isn’t always what I’m looking for.
Luckily, I found the perfect one in Minerva Crafts online shop. It’s high quality 100% Cotton Fabric with the perfect weight for a dress. And polka dots are in the perfect shape, size and location too! The only downside of this fabric is that it isn’t wide enough, so I needed more than the usual amount of material for this dress, but it’s completely worth it!
Since it’s a white fabric, I’d recommend using a lining, unless you’re going to wear your dress with a petticoat (that’s my choice for those pictures).
The Sewing Pattern I used is Butterick 5813. It’s a reproduction of the original vintage pattern, which is so easy to tell: pleated full circle skirt, gathered bodice details and elegant collar. I must say it’s one of a few patterns that didn’t require many alterations, which is something I was really pleased with. I only made the central back piece “straighter”, since its slightly curved design was creating a bubble. I didn’t do anything fancy, just matched the top and bottom part with a ruler and made a straight line. I also decided to make a shorter skirt and sleeves.
Speaking of sleeves: they’re quite slim fitted. It’s not a big problem, but it’s in contrast comparing to most of the patterns on the market.
The only thing I was worried about with this pattern is the square bodice detail. I hate cutting corners close to the seam since I always worry there will be a hole one day. Or bulkiness. Or something else. But as long as you follow the pattern instructions and secure that part, your dress will be fine. I also relocated the zipper to the back since I don’t like the lapper one. To do that I had to split the collar.
I should also say how much I like the…Plastic Buckle. Usually this type of buckle require some complicated way of keeping the belt in place, but with this one my belt is exactly as tight as I wanted it to be, no matter how much I move (or breathe).
I’m very pleased with this dress and I highly recommend both the pattern and the fabric. Thanks Minerva!