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Big Top Dress

Added Feb 5, 2012

by refutabletruth

Ottawa, Canada






I bough this pattern (Butterick Retro 52 B4919) about 2 years ago and made a special trip to buy fabric just for this dress (very much against my self-imposed policy of only sewing out of my fabric stash). I was so excited to find a fabric with a pattern that was similar to the dress on the envelop. Two years and 2 moves later, I figured it was finally time to make the dress. When I pulled the fabric out I had a small moment of panic when I realized how circus-y it seemed, but I sewed it up anyway. I made some changes to the pattern – I added a self-drafted 3/4 circle skirt rather than the full circle skirt in the pattern and I added some tabs on the bodice to gather the neckline into a sweetheart.

Material Notes

Cotton, zipper, vintage lace seam binding


Garment Type

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    Feb 7, 2012, 06.02 AMby shedoz213

    I absolutely love the dress and your choice of fabric! Good Job!!

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    Feb 6, 2012, 01.00 PMby Cotton Cherry

    it´s so beautiful, stylish and feminine! i really like your choice of fabric. well done!

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    Feb 6, 2012, 01.12 AMby schnui

    This dress is lovely. I would never have compared it to a circus outfit. I think the stripped fabric is perfect for the style. Well done.

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    Feb 5, 2012, 09.56 PMby sophienissirios

    Thats a lovely dress and I really like the fabric you used as well. :-)

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    Feb 5, 2012, 09.34 PMby janene

    So absolutely stylish and amazing! Would never liken this to a Big Top! Fabulous fabric choice and clearly a great pattern!

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    Feb 5, 2012, 05.01 PMby vanessajp

    Curious about the bck though, any chance you could post a photo of the back? (Of the pattern or your dress)

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      Feb 5, 2012, 06.19 PMby refutabletruth

      Thanks for you comments. I posted pictures of the back (please ignore all the lint, which didn’t seem so bad until I saw the pics). The dress has a waist stay to keep the front in place and the back panels wrap around. Cheers :)

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    Feb 5, 2012, 04.59 PMby vanessajp

    Really like the detail on the bodice and I think a 3/4 skirt was a very good call. Excellent result, classy and fun.

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