Vintage Pintuck Dress

A couple weeks ago I did a large order of fabric from  One thing I wanted to purchase was a cotton voile for this great vintage dress pattern (Butterick 3549) I had picked up from the thrift store.  I found the perfect fabric at the perfect price and when it arrived I immediately got to work.  I started following the pattern and things were going well.  Then last week I showed you my incredibly poofy sleeves that were making me look like a football player.  After reading through your advice, I decided to just cut them off and finish the seams off as a sleeveless dress.  Button Placket After doing this, I had to take in about an inch off each side of the bodice to make the top a little less blouse-y.  And now this dress is great.  Vintage Butterick Dress This pattern is definitely going in the “I will make it again” pile.  It is perfect for the incredibly hot weather we are having here (which will stick around for at least another month or two).  Pintuck Dress I learned a lot of new techniques with this dress.  I had never sewn pintucks before…and they are not diffictult at all.  And I learned how to make an elastic casing in a dress.  The pattern instructions had this great method (and maybe this is how everyone does it) to encase the elastic in the seam when you join the skirt to the bodice.  It makes the inside of the dress look so finished!  Handsewn Hem After all of the hard work I had put into this dress…I decided I wanted everything to be finished nicely.  So I hand stitched the armholes and the bottom hem.  It took a couple of hours, but I think it’s definitely worth it!  Vintage Dress

Vintage Pintuck Dress So, this vintage pattern, which at one point was going downhill fast, turned out great and I will definitely sew up another dress from this pattern again!

  • Renee

    Good decision with the sleeves – turned out to be a very feminine dress instead of linebacker-ish. Pretty fabric too!

    • Teresa

      Thanks Renee. The fabric is so light and airy…perfect for our super hot weather!

  • The dress turned out lovely indeed! The fabric is just perfect for it. The dress fits so lovely 🙂

    • Teresa

      Thanks Jenya! I’m on the hunt now to find similar fabric for future projects!

  • Great job! I love it as a sleeveless dress. This is a make agin pattern for sure… it would be grat in a solid color too. Love it!

    • boy do I need to use spell check ! lol

      • Teresa

        Thanks Margo! (I don’t know what I would do without spell check….it is like my life line!)

  • It turned out wonderful. Great save.

    • Teresa

      Thanks…I was so grayeful for everyone’s advice 🙂

  • It’s my first visit here, and I had to check out the puffy sleeves. Hmmm….I think you made a great improvement to the dress by removing them. Well done! The fabric is so feminine without being too girly. I love it.

    • Teresa

      Thanks Sue…and I’m glad you have visited over here! I’ve admired your blog for some time!

  • I would never have guessed that this wasn’t drafted as a sleeveless shirt dress! I love this style. I think it’s the type of design that has, and always will be relevant. I’ve used the seam-allowance elastic casing method before, and I prefer it to some others I’ve tried. I agree that it looks wonderful. Also, it makes a lot of sense. Beautiful work on this dress!

    • Teresa

      Thanks Michelle! I’m thinking that seam allowance elastic casing method can help me transform any shirt pattern into an elastic waisted dress. I’m thinking the Archer might be hit up to make into a dress!

  • That fabric is great! I love it, and it works so well with the vintage pattern. I have never tried pintucks; I’ll have to try some!

    • Teresa

      Thanks Heather. Pintucks really are not difficult at all (and not time consuming either)!

  • I love it! Your blog is fantastic. It makes me want to get moving on my own!

    • Teresa

      We miss you and your sweet family! I hope you guys are doing well with your move!

  • Agy

    Very pretty. I love the pattern of the fabric.

    • Teresa

      Thanks…it’s from but I think they are all sold out. I love the weight of the fabric…nice and airy!

  • the dress is beautiful! wonderful job. great job of doing all the handstitching too. 🙂

    • Teresa

      Thanks Anna! I need to take time to do the small details more often! Usually, I’m in such a rush for the finished product!

  • What a great print! This looks like a perfect wearable summer dress.

    • Teresa

      Thanks Beth…summer sticks around here for a long time, so I’ll get lots of wear out of this one!

  • I love this!! You look so much like my good friend, Stacy, who I went to nursing school with! She’s a redhead though (i think…) But, I really love the dress!

    • Teresa

      Aww…cool! And thanks so much Karrie!

  • I love it 🙂 it came out really cute and the fabric choice awesome 🙂 great job hope you win the sew along challenge 🙂

    • Teresa

      Aww…thanks Tina! How sweet of you!

  • Vintage patterns are the best! The dress and the fabric are a perfect combination. So cute!-liZ

    • Teresa

      Thanks Liz! And I agree…I LOVE vintage patterns!

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