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Polka Dots Make Me Happy!

Added May 18, 2012

by lauramae

Novato, Californ...






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.

More pictures may be found over on my blog, Lilacs & Lace.

Material Notes

Quilting Cotton




Spring, Summer
Garment Type
Classic, Vintage

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    Apr 15, 2013, 11.47 PMby LavenderRevenge

    That dress is STUNNING.

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    May 20, 2012, 02.24 AMby servareginae

    This is gorgeous! Polka dots never go out of style in my opinion… always charming. Very nice work.

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    May 19, 2012, 01.41 AMby laikadoll

    Beautiful! I too enjoy a good polka dot!

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    May 18, 2012, 06.27 AMby laracrj

    Wow this is lovely, I love the neckline and I’m pleased to see polka dots keeping up their work making people all over the world (including myself) very happy!

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