It’s time again for a retro pattern!
This is Retro Butterick 5708, a full skirted dress with tie straps from 1953.I was perusing my
This pattern has a self fabric bodice lining, but as my fabric is sheer, I underlined the bodice as well as lined the skirt with a white cotton voile. I always find it amazing how two sheer fabrics become opaque when they are paired together.
When I saw this pattern it reminded me of this photo of my grandparents from the late 40’s/early 50’s. My grandma is wearing a similar dress, which is actually quite odd as this is the only photo of her wearing something so sexy. My mom was also surprised when she saw this pic as this dress is not my grandma’s style. As a matter of fact, it’s not mine either, but I enjoy it just the same. 🙂
I am wearing my light cotton ruffled petticoat with this (Simplicity 5006). It makes a look a bit less retro and more resort without it, which is how I will likely wear this dress when I’m on vacation.
And yes…. those are cow patties all around me….. the cows were in there eating the grass down.
And a kitty…. Snowball likes to follow me around, especially when I’m taking photos. I have to make sure that I don’t go too far out in the pasture when she’s outside as I don’t want her going too far into the “wild.”
This dress pattern has bad reviews…. I actually did not read any reviews before planning or sewing this dress, which is unusual for me. I liked the design so much that I doubt that I would have cared much. I also had forgotten until after the fact that Melissa had made this dress as well and was not too keen on the bodice or straps. What do I think? I think that I will never make it again…. As others have stated the tie straps are from hell and this pattern is not for beginners. However, when I tie the straps on one shoulder as I had planned on wearing it all along, it works out just fine. It’s not the most comfortable of dresses, but it would be good for a night out to wear for a few hours, which is how I planned on wearing this. Especially since a strapless bra is a must with this pattern and I have never found a comfortable strapless bra either. I don’t think I would recommend this a gal with a more ample bust than I as I believe it would require adjustments.
Overall, I am happy how this dress turned out and am glad I made it despite the negative parts of this dress. I have tried tying it on my shoulders and I don’t like it tied like that. The straps do fall down, thus the reason for the need for a strapless bra. My husband does like this dress quite a bit though. It reveals while still concealing! 🙂
- Dress: Retro Butterick 5208 in J Crew black/white geranium print crepe cotton voile, made by me
- Shoes: American Eagle Outfitters
- Earrings: Bauble Bar
- Nail Polish: OPI Austin-tatious Turquoise