Added May 18, 2012
Butterick 5033, Retro ’52: Misses’ Dress and Belt: Close-fitting, flared, mid-calf length dress has darted bodice, sleeveless cut-in armholes, with waistline seam, pleated skirt front and back zipper. A: front keyhole opening and purchased belt. B: contrast collar with ribbon bow and self-fabric belt.
This pattern is rated “easy” and I would agree. Just make sure you check any fitting issues you may have before cutting into your final fabric.
I would suggesting making a muslin of the bodice pieces. I find that these sleeveless vintage reproductions tend to have a lot of extra room in the bust area so the underarm seam always sticks way out on me. I had the same issue with this dress.
I substituted an invisible zipper. It’s not exactly vintage, and if I was making the dress today, I would probably insert a lapped zipper by hand.
And instead of the ribbon at the neck, I made a mini-rosette, attached it to a brooch pin and added it to the finished look. It certainly could have been sewn on, but I would rather not wash the rosette, and the pin allows for easy removal. And if I ever want to use a ribbon bow as an accessory, I can easily do that!
Pink polka-dots make me very happy. And yes, I am probably getting too old for such things, but I just don’t care – I plan on wearing pink and polka dots for a very long time. And crinolines too!
If you have this pattern in your stash I would recommend pulling it out this summer.
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