Flowers and Polka Dots Dress

This dress is a reconstruction, sort of.

I purchased the fabric pictured below during my visit to G-Street Fabrics.

As I was looking for material to pair with it, I came across a basic knit t-shirt in my to-be-reconstructed pile. The greens in the shirt matched the greens in the fabric perfectly.

I decided to integrate the decorative button placket and collar from the vintage ’60s sewing pattern below, into a sleeveless bodice made with the t-shirt.

I traced and re-drafted the pattern to make the neckline wider and lower and the placket wider.

The button placket is solely decorative; it’s stitched on top of the bodice. There is facing around the neckline.

I made the skirt from the same material as the collar and placket.Β  I added elastic at the empire waist.

Overall, I am happy with the result. It’s a comfortable summer dress that looks good with or without a belt. My new cut-out flats match perfectly.

  1. Janice Hunter

    June 21, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    OK, Wait a second….you did this in between your house renovations? Well….I Can Believe That! You are an engerizer bunny :o)
    This is prob my favorite dress yet! Really cute, looks so good on you, and great remaking of patterns. You surely do impress!
    PS; can you share just a teaspoon of your energy! Please!!

    1. Becca

      June 22, 2011 at 8:42 am

      Well, I made the majority of this dress before the house renovations. I have been working on some other projects here and there though. It provides a nice break from working on the house. Thanks so much for the sweet compliments. They mean a lot coming from you. πŸ™‚

  2. GA

    June 21, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    Oh my goodness, I love it!!! Looks very comfy. Lovies, GA

    1. Becca

      June 22, 2011 at 8:42 am

      Thank you! It is very comfortable.

  3. Michelle

    June 21, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    WOW! This is adorable! I love the contrast between the jersey and the floral print, and that peter pan collar is adorable!

    1. Becca

      June 22, 2011 at 8:43 am

      Thanks so much!

  4. Cindy

    June 21, 2011 at 5:54 pm

    Ah I love this Becca! And super awesome multi-tasking! πŸ˜€

    1. Becca

      June 22, 2011 at 8:44 am

      Haha, thanks!

  5. Reana Louise

    June 21, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    This dress is gorgeous! It really suits you πŸ™‚

    1. Becca

      June 22, 2011 at 8:45 am

      Thanks, doll!

  6. Laura

    June 21, 2011 at 8:58 pm

    I love it, Perfect summer dress.
    Will keep it in mind for when we are back in summer.

    1. Becca

      June 22, 2011 at 8:46 am

      Thanks! It really is a great dress for summer: lightweight and cool.

  7. fiona

    June 21, 2011 at 10:54 pm

    the colours are really pretty. very cute dress.

    1. Becca

      June 22, 2011 at 8:51 am

      Thank you!

  8. Molly

    June 23, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    I am in love with this dress, the colours, the floral fabric, the style… You have an amazing creative eye, every time you post on Sew Retro I think “I want that outfit!” haha. Look forward to seeing what you make next!

    1. Becca

      June 26, 2011 at 1:32 pm

      Wow, thanks so much! Btw, I’m glad you commented and I’ve got your blog bookmarked now. I’m always happy to find another sewing blog. πŸ™‚

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