Retro Chic – Butterick 5748

Retro Classic
 Oh! This Dress !! 
I have wanted to do a Retro/ Vintage Dress for some time now .  
So when I came across this fabric at my local Joann\’s I knew it was time !!
Funny story about this fabric…. First I have NO IDEA what kind of fabric it is .. Reason you ask ? 
Well I recently saw a beautiful dress that Mrs Erica B did in a beautiful blue Neoprene. So I set out looking for some because I had the dress in the mind but needed fabric with a texture… THIS WOULD BE THE PERFECT FABRIC . I started online and kept reading that a lot of people had found some at there local Joann\’s … 
 I grabbed my keys and dashed out the door …. 
ran back in and threw a bra on …. 
AND then ran BACK out the door 🙂 

I get to Joann\’s  and ask the lady at the cutting counter to point me to their Neoprene fabric…. she , VERY  lackadaisically ( BIG WORD ALERT) pointed me in a VERY GENERAL direction of where the neoprene was ….. 
adjective adjective: lackadaisical lacking enthusiasm and determination; carelessly lazy.

And THAT she was ! Anyway I digress…
 I begin looking with no real image in my head of what neoprene looked like up close.. Then I see this really beautiful stretch fabric that looked like what I THOUGHT neoprene should look like .. 🙂 I read the bolt and it didn\’t say neoprene but said something that I had never seen before so I STILL thought this MUST be neoprene..
I\’m all excited … I run to the counter and ask the man if this is in fact NEOPRENE … 
He looks up smiles and says \” No maam this isnt .. do you know what neoprene looks like ? \” .. I then said \” No sir I really dont 🙂 \” He smiled and tooked me to the back close to the textile prints .. While we where walking he said that he had seen the last of it on the clearance isle.. As we where walking he radioed a manager and asked her where it might be … 
She said the where ALL OUT ……. 😦 
I asked him when they might get some back in and he said it was no telling … 
 So I had no neoprene .. No way of getting any in the IMMEDIATE future … 
But I still had this beautifully textured fabric that I had once thought looked good enough to surely be neoprene … 

I slapped it on the counter, directed the man ( in a very nice way) to cut me 4 yards.

I thanked him .. paid .. and left …..
The pattern that I had decided on before I ever made it in the store was Butterick 5748 Retro pattern:
I wanted my first Retro pattern to be sleek and simple… 
I went with the NO BOW option 
 I lined the Bodice portion with a Tricot knit  

I used horse hair on the hem to give it that beautiful fulness !!
This was my firs time working with horse hair … I watched a really detailed tutorial on youtube and WAHLAAA It was fairly simple!!!
I love the look that I was able to achieve
I am SO not a GIRLY GIRL but I cant help but feel puuurty in this dress !!

Belt face – Joanns 
Elastic – Joanns 
Stretchy Satin Fabric – from my Stash 🙂 
The belt was very easy to make .. I measured the elastic around my waist , added 2 inches on both sides and cut … I wrapped the fabric around the elastic and stitched. 
After I stitched all the way down on both sides I looped the covered belt around the loops in the belt face and sewed a zigzag stitch on both sides .. 
I will be making more of these !! In every color !!! \”:) 
I hope you guys enjoyed !! I loved making this dress , It was a breeze to put together !!
Until Next Time XOXOXO!! 

3 Comments Add yours

  1. Sheila says:

    Great story behind your fabric acquisition and agree that fabric is perfect for that dress. Looks fabulous on you.


  2. Tee says:

    Very pretty dress. Looks like a pique fabric.


  3. Unknown says:

    Gorgeous dress! I have some neoprene that I have YET to work with. You have inspired me to pull it out lol


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