VintagePolka Dot "Dinner" Dress

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Photo: Photo By My Sweet Hubbin, Chris.

I finally finished the black and white polka dot vintage “dinner” dress! It is not quite fancy enough for evening wear since the fabric is a cotton polka dot, but definitely fancy enough for a dinner out with my sweet Hubbin, Chris. We are coming up on our two-year anniversary in exactly one week so maybe I will wear this dress on our anniversary date! Right after I finished making my Grandma’s dress, Chris asked me if I wanted to make another dress using the opposite fabric, a black fabric with the white polka dots. Of course I said yes, and he gave me a little extra spending money to go buy the fabric, which makes this dress a little more special.

I am sooo happy to be done with this dress. It gave me a lot of heartache, and I thought I would never finish it. Although, I do have to say, that I did not cry once or get overly frustrated. I must be growing in my sewing maturity! Part of the reason the dress was so difficult is because I deviated from the pattern. My plan was to make the Retro Butterick Pattern B4918 with the skirt from New Look 6886. (By the way, New Look 6886 is one of my favorite patterns. The pattern offers several different necklines and strap/sleeve options that can be combined to give each dress a completely different look. I almost always use this skirt for every dress, except I make the biggest size and gather it at the waist.) The trouble came when I decided to make the  bodice drape (without the shoulder drape) out of the polka dot cotton. I knew there was a strong possibility that the cotton would be way too heavy and thick to make the drape, but I had to try anyway. Since the drape was a complete and utter failure, I had to pull a Project Runway and come up with something entirely different, which is how the white satin ruffle and crystal button came into play. I am actually happier with the white ruffle.

Pattern or design used: Butterick Pattern B4918 with New Look 6886 and Some of My Own Design Elements
posted in: gallery, white, dress, vintage, black, retro, date night, 50s, polka dot

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