Border Print Trapeze Dress

IMG_6940Trapeze dresses feel very ‘sixties’ to me. I love the shape, but I always have the urge to put a belt on them….

IMG_6975I’m always trying to give myself a waist, LOL!

This dress is made from another border print from my stash that I found last summer in Budapest. I was wandering with my friends in the central city, when we happened upon this magical place. This photo shows only one wall of fabric…there were several more! I spent two hours there, but could have spent two more. IMG_4917

Myย fabric is a cross between a ponte knit and a scuba knit. IMG_6920ย After making my last border print dress with M7532, I knew that simple shape would be perfect for this fabric.


It looks just like this pattern from the sixties….


I made this version of McCalls 7532 with a slight variation on the back neck facing. Instead of cutting it with the simple rounded shape, I copied the front bodice V-neck for a bit of drama. This back is almost identical to back of the Burda top I made last summer.


I also made the flutter sleeves on View A as I didn’t have enough fabric to do anything else!

IMG_6969This dress is so easy to wear and the fabric doesn’t wrinkle much. I’m always fascinated by how a fabric choice can make a simple dress look so different. ย My last version was chambray, which I love. But I think this fabric shows off the trapeze shape better. It would be interesting to see how this dress would look made from a flow-y silk or charmeuse…What do you think? Belted or not?ย 

Happy sewing! And thanks for stopping by!

Author: ellegeemakes

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34 thoughts

  1. On you, because you are so tiny, I think the belted version is just darling.

  2. VERY pretty dress! The unbelted version looks so easy to wear for an informal outing. Dress it up with the belt for a different more formal outfit. I really like both the looks.

  3. OH, I’m totally in the unbelted camp on this one! ๐Ÿ™‚ I love the silhouette on you! I also love how the gradation {for lack of better word} of the fabric is shown more clearly without the belt.So PRETTY!

  4. Such a gorgeous dress, the fabric is lush ๐Ÿ’— I think it looks great both ways and very different, which is fab as its a 2for1 win win ๐Ÿ˜Š

  5. So basically, I’d fly to Budapest and neglect all the lovely scenery in favor of camping out at that store where someone would find me half-starved in a stack of fabric bolts about a year later. ๐Ÿ˜€
    This is totally a 60s silhouette. I’m pro-belt with this fabric–it has a softness to it that looks really pretty with the belt. Maybe in something more structured sans belt would look really cool.

    1. You and I think alike. if my husband hadn’t intervened I would have likely blown off the rest of the city in favor of fabric shopping:) Another pro belt opinion…the belt does gather some of the dresses volume nicely!

  6. So I gasped at the dress. But then I said, “WHAT JUST HAPPENED?!” when I saw it belted.

    AMAZING!!! It looks like a top and skirt and it looks chic and stylish and beautiful and EVERYTHING! ๐Ÿ˜€

    1. What a lovely compliment! THank-you. It is funny how the belt makes the dress morph into a completely different thing. I sure didn’t expect that at all!

  7. What a fabulous dress, great combo of pattern and fabric as they compliment eachother so well. that fabric shop looks like heaven, do you remember the name of it? ah, and I vote with belt ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Thank-you! I’m so glad I found this fabric. My receipt says the name of the store is “Szรญv Wool-Tex Kereskedelmi Kft.” It was so great. I hope to return there some day!

  8. This dress is fabulous, pattern and fabric are a great combination as they compliment eachother perfectly and I will vote with belt:) ! the fabric shop looks like heaven, do you remember the name?

  9. I like both version. My daughter is going to a swiming camp to Hungery next summer. I and my husband maybe follow her to Budapest and stay there for a couple of days. The fabric shop looks fabulous. Do you remember the name of the shop.

    1. Thanks! The shop is wonderful and I gave the words that were on my Fabric receipt in Hungarian to another person who commented on this post. Iโ€™m not sure if that was the name of the shop or not, but it might help you find it. I could have spent hours there!

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