Hot! the ‘button it’ dress

The Facts:

Fabric: black and white houndstooth check wool mix bought online at the end of the summer (with a jacket in mind but when I received it the fabric was much lighter and drapier than I had imagined so it got stored in the cupboard!)

Pattern: Crepe by Colette Patterns (fairly heavily modified)

Year: 2010

Notions: 3 green buttons

Time to Complete: sewing time – about 10 hours. From start to finish? A month.

First Worn: 20th January

Wear again?: Yes!!

Total Price: Roughly 30 euros.

I started this dress a few days before Christmas in one of those slightly mad moments when you have loads of things to do and then you realise that you just ‘must’ make yourself something new to wear. I fairly quickly admitted to myself that it wouldn’t be done for Christmas and so it got stashed, half finished in the cupbaord. Until a couple of days ago when I decided I really should finish it before I start anything else.

I had already done the bulk of the work modifying the bodice to wrap at the front and I was just looking through the other fabric I have to decide what to use for the sash/belt when it came to me – rather than adding a belt to tie the dress – I would “button it”. Step up three green buttons left over from a skirt I made just before Christmas and there you go.

I wore this out and about on Friday and loved it and I especially love the way ‘buttoning’ it has added to the simplicity of it!



Zoë is originally from England and is now living in the south of France with her husband and their four mini persons. She started sewing simple bags and cushion covers three years ago and has since progressed to sewing her own wardrobe. She started blogging after realizing that she couldn't rely on her husband or her children to be as effusive in praising her sewing achievements as she would have liked!


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  1. How lovely! Those green buttons are fun and unexpected. Don’t you just love when bits of another project get to live on in a new one?

  2. Looks great on you and fits really well, interesting use of buttons too.

  3. Very nice variation on the Crepe – the buttons just make it pop!

  4. I really want to see a close-up of the houndstooth on the fabric! Love!

  5. I like that you used buttons instead of a tie! And the color of the buttons really pops on your dress – well done!