The “Hardest Button to Button” UFO Dress
Fabric: Cotton (gifted to me from a dear friend while I was living in India)
Pattern: Simplicity 2927 (won in an online contest)
Year: Contemporary but has a 1960s vibe
Notions: Vintage button
Time to complete: ~12 hours
First worn: February 2012
Wear again? With some minor fixes prior to the summer months, yes.
Total Cost: $0
Originally, this shirt was my “Button Challenge” garment. But, being the occasional gutless wonder that I am, I kinda didn’t finish because buttons intimidate the hell out of me. So it languished, forlorn and unloved (read: wadded up and forgotten) in a corner.
No more, friends. No more. I have mastered the wonder that is the one-step button hole attachment and it is AWESOMESAUCE! Seriously, my biggest issue now is remembering to measure the height as well as the width of the button and to add 1/8″ wiggle room (see this Sew, Mama, Sew! tutorial) . I neglected to do so on this project and boy howdy! That button is some what difficult to get through the opening! Take a look:
I kinda like this pattern. It’s got some quirks that if I made it again–which I might, but the dress version–I’d need to work out. Like the collar and the pocket placement. The collar especially. In my humble opinion, it needs to be a tiny bit wider. I’d also re-do the key-hole opening in the front to be just a tiny bit less boobalicious.
But here’s what I like about the dress:
- Princess seams. I kinda love them and think they’re slimming.
- Pockets. Why more pattern designers don’t include pockets is beyond me.
- The length of the tunic. It doesn’t look spectacular with jeans (too bulky underneath) but I have a pair of white pedal pushers that this will look stellar with come summer!
- The fabric! Indian shirt cotton is so light and soft (once it’s washed… it’s pretty stiff off the bolt). It’s like wearing a little bit of cloud next to your skin. Perfect for hot weather.
All-in-alll, it’s an easy pattern to assemble. Don’t be fooled by the number of hours I listed. In addition to tracing and (attempting) to manipulate patterns, I’m also sewing deliberately slow and often baste, try on, pick stitches, make adjustments, and rinse and repeat until I get the fit I want and THEN I permenantly sew everything into place.
So how about some pictures?