Vintage Style Fabric from Mood

I’m sharing a charming party dress that I made featuring this retro fabric purchased from Mood!

“It’s silk chiffon with a vintage flare. Filled with a clustered floral print in shades of bright violet, fuchsia, ivory and black, this perky product is perfect for the Spring and Summer seasons.”
Color: Bright Violet
Width: 42″
Content: SILK
Designer: Famous NYC Designer
Pattern: Butterick 6049

My Dress:
I wore this vintage inspired party dress to my daughter’s bridal shower. It’s made from silk chiffon and  poly charmeuse. It turned out rather splendidly, if I do say SEW myself! I made a muslin to check the bodice, then made slight alterations to Butterick pattern 6049.

Relaxed and uneven

Relaxed and uneven

Then I did a “slow sew” because I was working with slippery fabric and wanted it to turn out nicely. I used my regular sewing machine and the serger in tandem to neatly finish and hem all seams.

Trimming it even

Trimming it even

I let it hang overnight so that the bottom of the dress would relax into it’s final shape, which was quite a sight to see! Then I trimmed and hemmed it by measuring the charmeuse from the floor up, then tackled the chiffon.


Invisible zipper and free overlay below waist. Tricky but worth it.

I folded the center back edge of the silk overskirt to the seam line of the zipper. I trimmed it and serged the raw edge before sewing it to the bodice and then carefully sewed in the invisible zipper. Then I sewed the back seam of the lining and the back seam of the chiffon to the end of the zipper.


Even hemline


Pretty in Purple

I’m celebrating by throwing a little party over on my blog with give-aways and a blog roll. If you have a post with a party dress, I hope you join in the fun! Directions for participating are on my blog. Anyone who follows my blog will be eligible to when a token of appreciation!

Happy Sewing!

Barbara at

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