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Polka-Dot dress - Butterick 4790

Added Mar 10, 2013

by sewingentusiast

Toronto, Canada






I used well known pattern 4790 from Butterick to recreate “Apron” dress..
Before I could finish the project, I had to find sewing form, so that I can level and hem the full skirt.
I found dummy – vintage Dritz mesh dress form that then molded to my body. I called her Alfoncina.
She looks like me and even slouches the same way :-)
I deviated from the original finishing as follows:
1. I used poly instead of cotton for more refine look
2. I finished raw edges with very narrow jersey binding – folded right side up, attached, wrapped around the edge and hand-stitched on the wrong side. This makes edge clean on both sides.
3. Binding ends used as ties on the back
4. I also used belt ties for the front instead of snaps or buttons to allow flexibility.
5. Petticoat is split up front all the way to the bottom to allow wearing with this dress.
Threre are a few more vintage dress projects that I am finishing and will be posting soon…

Material Notes

4 yards of polka-dot white polyester.




Summer, Spring
Garment Type
Evening Wear, Romantic, Vintage

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    Aug 24, 2013, 04.31 PMby Mbaliyethu

    Your dress looks really nice,I’m cutting out the pattern right now and I noticed that on your dress you eliminated the buttons and used the tie bands instead and I must say I like your option so much better but how did you do that?the polka dot fabric is so dreamy too,really loved it.

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      Sep 10, 2013, 12.10 PMby sewingentusiast

      sorry for the late reply… I tried buttons first and it did not look right…so I cut out two ties from leftover fabric, did narrow hem on long sides and attached them along the side of the front where buttons would be….

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    Mar 13, 2013, 02.16 AMby arisaid

    Well Done!! The black finishing on it makes it look very classy.

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    Mar 11, 2013, 07.23 PMby vinia789

    Absolutely beautiful well done.

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      Mar 12, 2013, 12.45 AMby sewingentusiast

      Thank you so much! This is my first creation after getting back to sewing after good 20 years. My older daughter – she is 23 now – started to create her own clothes and this somehow got me back to sewing.
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      Mar 12, 2013, 01.02 AMby vinia789

      Well you still got it..:)

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    Mar 11, 2013, 08.38 AMby Zaiba Shaikh

    Wow! So Pretty!

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    Mar 11, 2013, 08.01 AMby Mary Athey

    Fabulous dress, love the spotty dress fabric. My dress forms called dolly lol x

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    Mar 11, 2013, 03.49 AMby runningwithscissors1

    A neat idea to do a tie instead of the snaps the pattern called for. Love the polkadots!

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      Mar 12, 2013, 12.42 AMby sewingentusiast

      Thank you very much for your feedback!
      It took me a while to come up with the finishing for the front ties. I used black buttons and narrow elastic first but it clashed badly with polka-dot pattern. I thought of black velvet ribbon to use as a belt but decided to do something a litlle light-hearted…I am glad it turned out well…

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