The “How Green Was My Button” Dress
Fabric: 4 yards green flowered cotton, 1 white bed sheet used for flat – lining
Pattern: Colette’s Ceylon Dress
Year: c. 2011
Notions: 16 buttons, Rit Forest Green Dye, dark green piping
Time to Complete: 14 hours (my longest project to date!)
First Worn: January 2012
Wear Again: Definitely when it is warmer!
Total Price: $9
Friends, I have a minor Pinterest addiction, so when I came across this fabulous tutorial on how to dye buttons the exact color you wanted, I knew I found a great skill to try for this challenge. I’ve never worked with dye before, but I imagined it as an experience that resembled an extreme makeover: watch as these plain white buttons from my stash because dark green emeralds of delight! I worked cleanly and quickly…but each time I put the buttons in the dye bath, I became horribly disappointed. After four attempts at dyeing and knowing that I had pushed my luck far enough in not covering my kitchen in green liquid, I called it a day and accepted these buttons for the mossy bits of disappointment that they are.
Truly, the buttons are the only thing I’m unsure about on this dress. Once it was finished, I was completely stunned by how much I loved wearing it! I love the cut and style of this dress – definitely another winning pattern from the Colette Patterns company and I highly recommend it! While I am not sure I can devote the 14 hours I worked on this dress to any other project, I knew that for this dress to turn out the way I envisioned, I was going to have to take my time. This meant I left out my normal shortcuts. I basted the piping onto the uninterfaced pieces before sewing the seam. I did the hem by hand. I flat-lined each piece to give the appearance of modesty. Most importantly, I did not rush through the buttonholes, and WOW are there a lot of buttonholes. I tuned out and watched Downton Abbey while hand sewing buttons because it was the right thing to do.
This might be one of my favorite dresses I’ve made, and I think it’s largely due to the fact that I took my time, I paid attention to detail, and it came out exactly the way I hoped. The weather for pictures, however, was NOT what I had hoped at all ….
Below zero degrees Fahrenheit with the wind chill, y’all! Hope you are keeping warm where you are!