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.