Added Feb 5, 2012
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.
Cotton, zipper, vintage lace seam binding
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