The “Pink Flamingo” Dress

This fabric has had quite the journey.  I purchased it ages ago, on sale, and off season.  Over the years, I have had many, many different ideas about how to best use the quirky flamingo design.  I thought the fabric would make fabulous cigarette pants – but I never wear pants, so that was not one of my better ideas.  Then I decided a halter dress with a full skirt and a fuchsia  ruffled petticoat.  Every once in a while a pattern would come along that worked, but just wasn’t quite right.

As soon as I saw Butterick 5747, I just knew that I had found the perfect pattern for those crazy pink flamingos!

I had a bit of frustration with my machine during construction of this project, but I am so glad that I finished.

The pink piping took some extra time and hand sewing, but I really think it really makes the dress!

When I started, I figured this was going to be a pattern that I tried once and put away for good, but I think that this would make up quite well in a more winter appropriate wool tweed.  And the dress works from day to evening – just remove the dickey!

I just love being pleasantly surprised!


• The Facts

⁃ Fabric:  Embroidered Cotton Twill from stash; Cotton for piping and facings

⁃ Pattern:  Butterick 5747

⁃ Year:  1960 (reproduction)

⁃ Notions:  Covered Button Kit; Covered Belt Kit; Seam Binding

⁃ Time to complete: One week

⁃ First worn:  November 26, 2012

⁃ Wear again?  Absolutely!

⁃ Total price:   ~$30.00  The flamingo fabric was purchased so long ago, I really have no idea, although I do remember that it was on sale and I thought it was a great deal.


Laura Mae

Laura Mae adores sewing and knitting, mostly vintage or vintage-inspired patterns. She hopes to inspire others to create lovely and lasting garments that speak of a past era and yet remain timeless and elegant.


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  1. Those flamingos are just fabulous! Your attention to detail is, as always, wonderful to behold. I’m sorry you had such a hard time with the buttonholes on your Bernina. I’ve used Bernina’s since 1974 and NEVER had an issue. I’d take it to any store that sells Bernina’s and ask for help. It could be something as simple as not having the right foot to an issue with your specific machine. You shouldn’t have had so much grief for two little buttonholes as all that!! I recently picked up this pattern and now that I see your lovely version I’ll have to make one soon. LOVE all the piping, and the shoes and hat are just the icing on the flamingo cake : )

  2. That fabric and pattern choice is absolutely gorgeous! As I recall from my teens, green with pink was a popular color combination. I remember very well, my hip-hugger green corduroy bell bottom pants and the pink stretchy knit top that I tucked into them. I’d say you picked the perfect pattern to show off this green and pink flamingo fabric. The covered buttons and belt are fabulous. You are so talented! I’m glad you made up this pattern because I also have it and now that I have seen just how cute it makes up, it’s high on my to sew list.

    • Thanks Barbara! I had the same issue with the pattern – I kept waiting to see a version that I really liked. That yellow dress on the website has done a disservice to the pattern, in my opinion!

  3. Such a different style of pattern from what you often make and it looks great. I particularly like the dickey – that really does take it from day to night. Loving the pink shoes too. How do you walk in them???

    • Thanks Jen! And the shoes are not quite as high as they look – there is a hidden platform. So while they are not the most practical footwear in the world, I just could not resist the color!

  4. Splendid job with the piping, buttons, and fabric choice!
    As for the buttonhole issue, was the little buttonhole lever pushed all the way down so that it was directly in contact w/the plastic matching doohickey on the buttonhole foot? Without that physical guide it’ll just keep going forever and never reverse. Hope that helps!

  5. Super cute! I love flamingoes.

  6. Such a gorgeous dress Laura. That fabric and style suits you so much, you’re right about the piping it finishes the dress off wonderfully.