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Retro Fall Dress

Added Oct 2, 2013

by Shelly Moher

Rochester Hills,...






I was inspired to make this dress from finding this fabric in my closet. Its rich jewel coloring called my name and I knew I would make it into a swing dancing dress. I laid out the fabric on my pattern pieces and to my slight disappointment there was not enough for the back skirt panels. This happens a lot with my designs; there is usually not enough fabric because I buy it before I know what I’m making. This is when things get interesting and I am pushed to be creative and find solutions that in the end make the finish product more eye catching. I ended up going to Joann’s and finding the perfect black polyester linen look alike, which is what the rest of the dress shell is made out of. The lining is a black nylon and super soft. I didn’t have any lining at home and I wanted something that was smooth so I used a slip I never wore to line the bodice. I am in love with this dress! I used the Butterick pattern B5209; I shortened the skirt almost 3 inches because I like to show off my legs in dresses. This is me and my parents dog Fizzy ready to go out dancing. I’m going to wear my dress dancing tonight! I have been taking Lindy Hop lessons from a friend and we’re going to start a side business dancing at dinner during weddings and other events. I can’t wait!!

Material Notes

Polyester blend vintage fabric
Polyester blend black fabric
Nylon lining
14" zipper closure
Butterick pattern B5209




Spring, Summer, Fall
Garment Type
Casual, Classic, Vintage
Other, Polyester

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    Oct 4, 2013, 10.09 PMby Oksana Starzhynska

    You solve the problem in very original and creative way:-) The colours and the pattern suit you very lovely:-)

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    Oct 3, 2013, 07.10 PMby Aquaonyx

    Cute dress..I likey

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    Oct 3, 2013, 11.24 AMby Innamc

    Great idea, I like it! :-)

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      Oct 4, 2013, 01.25 PMby Shelly Moher

      Thanks for the compliment!

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    Oct 3, 2013, 07.30 AMby Mary Athey

    It’s a lovely dress and eye catching with the skirt back. Lovely job x

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      Oct 4, 2013, 01.27 PMby Shelly Moher

      Thank you, I really appreciate the compliment! :)

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