The “All Buttoned Up” Dress
Fabric: Around 3 metres of brown floral craft cotton, $7 per metre from Spotlight
Pattern: Simplicity 3407
Notions: 11 self-covered 14mm buttons (half a gift from a friend, the other half around 20c from an op shop) and a vintage hook and eye
Time to complete:11 hours
First worn: For these photos! It’ll get a proper outing to work within the week though
Wear again? Definitely!
Total price: $21.20
At the end of last year, a few girls from the Sew Weekly Sewing Circle took part in a pattern swap, where we each sent a pattern to another of the girls. The lovely Debi sent me Simplicity 3407 – thanks, Debi! I’ve been eager to try making it up ever since, and the buttons challenge was perfect for it. (It also ties in well with Debi’s Sew Grateful week. Once again, this is a dress that was clearly just meant to happen at this time.)
I picked up this fabric from Spotlight just after Christmas. (Yep, stocking up before the no-new-fabric-in-2012 resolution kicked in.) There are butterflies hidden among all the flowers. Kind of like a semi-hidden surprise. The more you look, the more there are – magic!
Since this was a technique challenge, I got brave and tried self-covered buttons for the first time ever. I’ve had some vintage ones lurking in my stash for quite some time – anytime I see them in an op shop I grab them, thinking what a good idea they are. And then I get a bit scared of them. Heck, I’m still a bit scared of the buttonhole setting on my sewing machine. (It’s my secret shame, ’tis true.) Check it out ladies – my first ever self-covered buttons! I’m pretty proud of them. Even though it took me a full hour to cover 11 of the things. (Does it usually take that long? Or is it just that it took me a while to get used to the process??) I figure I did such a good job of matching the bits of fabric covering the buttons to the print on the dress that they’re pretty much invisible in this photo. Oh well, so much for proudly showing off my new button-covering skill!
I really like this dress – it’s got cute pockets with rounded tops, triangle inset details at front and back waistline, shaped cuffs, and a bow at the back. I feel rather prim and proper in it – all girly and toned-down in brown. I reckon it’ll go awesomely with purple hair and purple high wedge shoes, don’t you?
Thanks again Debi – I totally love this pattern, and I’m going to try the long-sleeved version in some nice woolen type blend for a winter dress! :-)