Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Completed Project: 1970s Floral Brushstroke Dress

Here it is: my first completed sewing project of the year! I used Butterick #4393 (a 1970s Jane Tise young designer pattern) to make this dress which has a shaped yokes, a casual, flared silhouette and 3/4 length puffy sleeves.

I was originally going to make the blouse, but I decided to make the dress since my wardrobe is severely lacking in them. For the yokes, collar, front tab and cuffs, I used grey cotton shirting from Jo-Ann's. The sleeves and body are made from lovely vintage 1960s floral brushstroke print cotton fabric that I found at a local thrift store for a mere $2.00! I used a fabric-covered button for the front buttoned tab.

Although it has a pretty unstructured fit, this was quite complicated to make, mainly due to the self-lined yokes, puffy sleeves (TONS of gathering), side seam pockets and topstitching. The construction put many of my sewing skills to good use.

Here is a scan of the pattern - it is definitely a keeper!


  1. It looks great! Job well done :)

  2. I love this dress, it's romantic yet modern and the big raglan sleeves and yoke details are awesome! I'd wear it in a heartbeat :)

  3. Great Job. I have that same pattern but to lazy to make!

  4. I love this! I'm going looking for this pattern right now!

  5. Miss Dandy, we miss you! Would you ever be willing to trace off a copy of this pattern? I desperately want to make it but can't find a copy anywhere.

    1. Hi, Lisette! And I definitely miss sewing!!! My life has been pretty hectic for the past 2 years. I'm always planning and dreaming about making "from scratch" projects, but never getting around to them. All I have time for are alterations or refashions! I think that I actually may have an extra copy of this. Either way, I'd be happy to send you the extra one or make a nice copy for you. I'll look through my stash tonight and will get back to you!

  6. made this dress back in the 70's. am thinking of doing it again. it's timeless.