Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Next Skull Fabric Dress: Butterick 5032 - Retro '52

I made this dress to wear to dinner for my 2nd wedding anniversary. It was a hit! I got many compliments - the most important ones from my husband!

We went to the restaurant Seamstress (soooo apt) in Melbourne CBD. It serves kind of modern/asian flavour food and was fantastic!! The highlight for me was a modernised beef and black bean. Nothing like the dodgy type sold out of a bainmarie. This was so succulent and tender.

The waitresses loved my dress, which made me feel even more special. We had a lovely time.. lots of yummy food and yummy drinks.

I've posted a review of this at pattern review -  http://sewing.patternreview.com/cgi-bin/readreview.pl?readreview=1&reviewnum=46572
One fantastic fellow pattern reviewer left a comment that my dress was mildly subversive - love it!!

This final picture is the most important one - you can see a little sneak preview of the infamous Boo-Dogg! She is lying in her 'waiting for the ball to be thrown spot'. Anyone who is lucky enough to have a border collie may know they are intensely ball focussed and tend to crouch and wait in the same spot(s) waiting for someone to happen along, see the ball, and throw it to her.

Bessie is hilarious with this. She lies in this spot and one behind a shrub. You actually can't see her behind the shrub, so if it is dusk you have to really look carefully for her. She crouches down really low, but with her back legs kind of poised ready to go. It never fails to make me laugh.

Anyway, many more photos of Boo Dogg to come!


  1. That dress is so cool! I love the fabric. Where did you get it from?

  2. Hi Kat! Thanks! I love it too. I got it from an ebay store in the US. Here is the url:


    I'm not sure what she has left of it there, but it is an Alexander Henry cotton called 'Regency Skulls' or 'Regent Skulls' - I can't remember exactly which. I think it also came in grey/white.


  3. I love the dress, and the material is fantastic. Funny, my aunt and uncle had a Border Collie called Bessie when I was a kid, she used to heard us kids which was a real nuisance since we loved to run instead of walk back then, not so easy with a dog snapping at your calves... but she was really sweet! Your dog looks super-cute.

  4. Thank youuuuu! I finished this pattern up and typed a review for it. Hope you don't mind me linking to you. Your review and pics really helped me! :)

  5. Love your version of this dress! I recently picked up the pattern and I'm daydreaming about making one (waiting until I'm nor preg). I have that exact same rocking chair! Picked it up in hard rubbish last year...would be weird if I had yours!