Friday, July 26, 2013

Sewing Vintage Modern Polka Dot Dress

dress front

A new dress! Yes, I am glad that I finally finished it:) This is my second project based on Elizabeth Gathered Waist Dress from Burdastyle Sewing Vintage Modern Book. You can see my first project here.
For this polka dot dress,  I only used the dress bodice pattern and instead of using straight-gathered skirt from the original pattern, I used pleated skirt pattern from my stash. Also, I changed the side zipper to the middle back.

I used 2 yards of polka dot fabric, light weight fusible interfacing, invisible zipper and same color of thread. All of them are from my stash.
The process of making this dress is very simple and enjoyable. The instructions from the book are very easy to follow and I definitely will make another project based on this pattern.

How I worked on this dress:
  • For the dress bodice: I had the copied pattern with adjustment from my first dress, but this one I kept the style original.
  • For skirt: I am not so sure where I got the pattern, I found it inside my stash without descriptions:( The skirt style is very simple pleated skirt that for sure will suit well my body type and I can run with my little boy.
  • As I mentioned above, I change the side zipper to the middle back.
  • I iron the light weight fusible interfacing onto the neckline and armhole facings before attach it to the bodice. Sew it and secure it with hand stitching around it.
  • I finished the dress hem with 4 cm blind hem stitching.
Here are the pictures of the dress,

inner dress front

inner dress back

dress front
dress side
dress back
This is my July style the stash sew a long, this project was delayed because of my work on a men's shirt for my husband. The shirt is almost done, only missing to sew the sleeve hem. I will post it on the blog as soon as I finish it.

Happy Sewing!


  1. Love this dress Hana! It looks so fab on you and it's great to have a dress that you can chase your kiddo around in.

  2. the polkadots look good on you Hana! Great dress!

  3. It's such an elegant dress and you look great in it! I like your pleated skirt variation.

  4. Love it. And you look gorgeous! Every time I finish a sewing project I look like Godzilla, but am so excited to post a pic I take a shot so I look like the headless horseman of Sleepy Hollow.

  5. Another very pretty dress Hana - and the pleats are much more flattering than gathers would have been. All your work is lovely and nicely made.

  6. This is a really beautiful dress. I love the sleeve and I really like that you pleated the skirt - that is fantastic.

  7. Hana, you look wonderful in this dress. Wow!

  8. So cute, I love the polka dot dress, it looks great on you.

  9. Hi ladies! Thank you so much for your lovely comments. I really appreciate it:)

  10. Hi Hana, great dress again! The neckline really suits you too.

  11. Hana I love the dress! It suits you so well. I am posting your picture to my pintrest account as my DD loves polka dots and would love this dress for her summer wardrobe.

  12. Wow! Polka dots!! What beautiful work, dear Hana. Love this dress, it is very flattering on you!