Pink Flamingos

Added Nov 29, 2012

by lauramae

Novato, Californ...






Butterick 5747: Misses’/Misses’ Petite Dress and Belt: Dress A, B have collar, detachable dickey, fitted bodice, waistband, pleated skirt and belt. B: Semi-fitted skirt, back hemline vent and top-stitching.

I love the pattern illustration, but the mock-up that Butterick produced looked less than fabulous on the model, so I had second thoughts after purchasing the pattern.

I knew that I wanted to add some pink contrast to my fabric, so I actually read through the instruction before starting. (This is something I should always do, but often skip over.)

I added piping to the top edge of the dickey, so it was necessary to cut the pattern piece in half and add a seam allowance. And for a bit more pink, the piping was applied to the collar and front seam.

One thing I found strange about this pattern is the button placement. A belt is included and shown with both views, so I assume it is meant to be worn with the dress. But the pattern has a button placed directly where the belt sits. What the heck?! Why would you want a button bumping up against a belt? It also covers the button and makes the three remaining buttons look oddly spaced.

Speaking of buttonholes, I substituted bound buttonholes and started their construction before putting the rest of the dress together. There are two buttonholes on the dickey, which I made with my machine, which is another story.

I am so glad I waited to find the perfect pattern for this fabulous flamingo fabric!

More picture and info may be found over on my blog, Lilacs & Lace.

Material Notes

Embroidered Cotton Twill




Spring, Summer, Fall
Garment Type

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    Dec 11, 2012, 09.59 AMby cocoretro

    Gorgeous dress!

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    Dec 11, 2012, 12.29 AMby laikadoll

    Wowee! I can’t wait to make mine up, not sure what fabric yet though! Your version is gorgeous, and I don’t think the buttons look oddly spaced with the belt, it’s all just fab x

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    Nov 29, 2012, 02.04 PMby Poppy Flowers

    whoAAA, it looks pe-rfect and absolutely suits you!

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    Nov 29, 2012, 12.32 PMby ronnielee

    This is a stunner Lauramae! Where did you get the fabric?

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    Nov 29, 2012, 08.40 AMby tirrs

    very nice!

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    Nov 29, 2012, 08.19 AMby Mary Athey

    I.m do in love with this dress. You look amazing in it. got this pattern at the back of my box as i was.nt to thrilled with it.its coming to the front now upon seeing.yours lol. i love the fabric you well x

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    Nov 29, 2012, 07.16 AMby spulford

    I never gave that pattern a second glance before I saw your version! Awesome, awesome job!

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