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Lavender Retro Dress & Pattern Giveaway!

Added May 7, 2012

by EdelweissPat...

Portland, Oregon...






It seems hard to believe that with all the sewing I’ve been doing this year I had not yet sewn one single 1950s dress. Until now!

This lavender matte satin party dress was sewn from the newly released Butterick retro 5708 pattern, which is overall a wonderful design. The shoulder ties are a little tricky to tie perfectly in place, but they would be great for a casual summer sundress. The gathered skirt has so much fullness to it that I didn’t even have to wear my crinoline underskirt! I did (as usual) wear a crinoline with this dress for something closer to a 1950s shape, and I had a lot of fun embellishing the bodice with Swarovski crystals and sheer ribbon.

If I use this pattern again I would definitely use something lighter weight, because the bodice is a little too firm with two thick layers of matte satin. Otherwise, it probably won’t be on my “to-do” list in the near future. I did love the pattern, but I think I like the color and materials much more!

I sincerely wish that we could all go back to wearing dresses like those! The world would at least be a prettier place if every woman was all dressed up, but I suppose it’s just wishful thinking on my part.

Nevertheless, I always love wearing my 1950s dresses, and this one was a lot of fun to have photographed! You can see lots more pictures on my blog , and I’m having a giveaway for this pattern that I mention there as well.

Happy sewing!


Material Notes

Lavender matte satin, tulle/netting overlay, Swarovski crystals, and sheer ribbon.




Spring, Summer
Garment Type
Bridal, Classic, Evening Wear, Vintage
Lace/Sequins, Satin, Tulle


Edelweiss Patterns

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    Jan 9, 2013, 01.10 PMby Mary P.


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    May 8, 2012, 02.03 AMby EdelweissPatterns

    Thanks! Yes, the 50s is really the greatest era.

    Happy sewing!


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    May 7, 2012, 05.11 PMby Eva Iwakki

    very nice!

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    May 7, 2012, 02.19 PMby onpinsandneedles

    I love the overskirt. I too like the 50s patterns. Nicely done. The Pittock mansion is a great photographing spot.

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