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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Sewing Project: The Curtain Dress (Butterick B5748)


I found the fabric for this dress at a thrift store in the form of two old curtain panels ($3.95!). I loved the print and the vibrant colors and decided I had to make a dress from it. Of course, my mom found it absolutely hilarious that I was making a dress out of curtains and felt the need to make numerous "Gone with the Wind" jokes, even going as far as to make me watch the Carol Burnett parody on YouTube. Sigh. Anyway, I think it turned out pretty good for a pair of old curtains! I made the bows removable, and I'm still debating whether it looks better with or without them (there's one in the back too).



I like the way this belt (thrifted, naturally) looks with the dress too, but I think it and the bows cannot co-exist without looking weird.  Hmm...decisions decisions.

 

This is the pattern I used: Butterick 5748, one of many I bought a couple of months ago when they went on sale on sewingpatterns.com (they have some really awesome deals from time to time). I did view A, but ended up modifying the back slightly and omitting the little slash in the interest of better fit. I also had to change the skirt from a bias to gored skirt to work better with the one-direction pattern of the print. It was quite the headache to cut out, but I think it was worth it! It's also fully lined in a light yellow cotton broadcloth, which is good because the main fabric is pretty sheer.

Hope you enjoyed my first project post!


13 comments:

  1. Greetings from England :) love the dress! Think I prefer without bows, but both ways look pretty :)

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    1. Thanks! I think I'm partial to the belted look too :) Thanks for checking out my blog!

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  2. Breathtakingly pretty dress on you!

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  3. Lovely. I love bow at back with no bow in front. There is a little detail in the front already.

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  4. Oh my this frock is FABULOUS!!! It looks so lovely on you. I adore the fabric & the style, & I like it with or without the bows. Thanks for inspiring me!

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  5. I love this! The back bow is co cute!

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  6. Just saw your post on Sew Retro and had to pop over and admire your dress properly. It's really beautiful and I think the curtain print was perfect for this make! I've seen so many gorgeous versions of this pattern that I really must get it soon. Anyway, off to explore the rest of your blog now ;o)

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    1. Thanks Marie! I'm following you back :) I do really like that pattern. I might make another version of it one of these days. I don't know if you have access to JoAnn fabrics, but I noticed yesterday that Butterick patterns were on sale for $1 each, so it might be a good time to pick it up (or one of the many other adorable repro patterns they've published). -Melissa

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  7. OMG! <3 this style of dress! The era from ~ 1957 thru 1961 has some great simple transitional styles that are so classic and lovely. It looks great on you!

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  8. Greetings from Florida! Love this dress. Looks fabulous on you.

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  9. Looks great, I love thos pattern, I've made about 5 of them haha.. curious..did u find u had to adjust the sleeve length at all?

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  10. Hahaha. I love that your mom referred to Gone With the Wind when you made a dress from curtain material. Although with the style of your dress, I thought of The Sound of Music first. I love seeing vintage textile-household-items being repurposed as fabric. I found some late 60s sheets at a thrift store and made a little hostess apron out of the pillowcase. Then I saw the exact same sheets on an episode of Mad Men, isn't that fun!?

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  11. Very clever! You have a great eye for matching fabric, even curtain fabric, to a great pattern. Well done!

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