Monday, 7 May 2018

Vintage summer dress

My vintage sewing has slowed down a little. I have made a lot of my vintage pattern collection into wearable garments except for this one which I picked up before Christmas for 50p in an antique shop.

I bought the fabric back in February, a choice all of my own: not sponsored or thifted or given. Just me choosing and buying some fabric that I really liked.

The pattern is Butterick 4265. No date but you would have to take a punt at the late 1960's

It was so easy to make from two simple pattern pieces and some facings. It was already cut in my cupboard therefore the actual sewing and fitting time was only about an hour and twenty minutes.

I wore it on Bank Holiday Monday in the tropical heat we have experienced today on a walk around Hodnet Hall Gardens.

This is my second summer dress make for this year, the other is the Kalle Shirt dress. One of my summer dresses from last year is too small so two in and one out.

What did you do in the lovely sunshine this weekend?

Errata: I just remembered I made a spotty one too. Whoops! Three in one out, doesn't sound quite so puritanical. 


  1. I especially like the neckline of this dress...and you walking through the gorgeous flowers! I packed some more boxes this weekend and passed along bags and boxes of things to others. You inspire me with your thrift and tidiness and everyday productive making! :-) xx

  2. Your dresses always look lovely Jo. I did very little in the way of crafting this weekend too busy working in the garden. I did manage a bit of baking though so I'm going to count that as my crafting for this weekend.


  3. A very summery dress and I love the fabric. I was working all weekend and today and it was very busy. The sunshine on the coast was fabulous and loads of people on the beach. Those bluebells are great in the wood behind you. The dress really suits you and looks very comfortable.

  4. Sadly the sunshine didn't quite reach this little Island, I am still wearing winter woollies. Not only a beautiful dress Jo, a beautiful setting for the photos. The bluebells were a delight to see.

  5. Oh, it's beautiful, Jo! I love it. The fabric is adorable and this dress style works so beautifully on you. It looks perfect with your sandals too. Nice job!

  6. Gorgeous! Some styles are just so timeless and it looks like you should have been in the crowd for the cycling, you would have been taking orders. x

  7. Such a pretty pattern. It definitely looks like a 60's style and it really suits you. What a fab print too. Your Bank Holiday Monday adventures look so tranquil and relaxing in the bluebell filled woods.

  8. It really is the perfect bank holiday dress! It is absolutely stunning. The fabric is gorgeous and suits you so well! What a lovely style too.

  9. You look hip and cool, beautiful enough to go to the Royal Wedding! I love it Jo.