DIY Retro Polka Dot Dress Using Butterick 6318
Hi Guys! Can you feel it? Spring is in the air. I don’t know about you, but I’ve already started my spring sewing. I kicked off the spring season with a retro polka dot dress using Butterick 6318. This amazing dress has a full skirt and sash. I’ll be honest, this wasn’t my 1st attempt at a spring garment. This was actually my second attempt and I’m so much happier with this dress then my first.
Sewn Magazine FeatureMichelle from Sewn Magazine hit me up asking if I wanted to be featured in the next issue of Sewn Magazine. Duh, of course I did! For this feature I needed to make a spring dress and it needed to be in polka dot fabric. I quickly started looking through all my patterns and decided on Vogue 9318. This pattern has a ruffled one shoulder top and a wrap skirt. Easy enough right?
I saw this very pretty Keepsake Calico Cotton Fabric -Polka Dots in yellow with white polka dots which I purchased at JOANN. For contrast I made the bodice of the top in white and the flounce was in the same yellow and white polka dot fabric. After I made the top, I thought it was a little large but figured it would be OK on once I tucked it in the skirt. This was made in a large. Well, it was not OK. The skirt was a tad too large also which I made in an XL. I should have sized down in both. I had a deadline to meet and proceeded to take my photos and I prayed for the best. My photos came out beautiful, but I did not feel beautiful. I felt like I was drowning in fabric and the silhouette was not flattering at all. I sent my photos to Michelle and explained the situation and she also agreed that the top and skirt were not flattering and also felt that the small polka dots were getting lost in the sauce and suggested larger polka dots.