Hot! The “Not so Many Buttons” Dress


The Facts

⁃ Fabric: some cotton from my stash that my mum bought me in high school, it’s been there so long
⁃ Pattern: Colette Parfait ($16)
⁃ Year: Contemporary
⁃ Notions: yard of interfacing- $2, 2 (ugly) buttons- 30 cents, invisible zipper- $3
⁃ Time to complete: Maybe 12 hours? A half season of Glee
⁃ First worn: Januray 2012, for the photos
⁃ Wear again? I think I will
⁃ Total price: $21.50

There were two things I wish I had while making this dress- a tailor’s ham and an invisible zipper foot. My zipper is in a little wonky, but its works. A ham would of just made things a lot easier. I hadn’t worked with gathers before this. I wasn’t feeling the pockets so I left them off.

I started this dress a couple weeks ago, for the button theme but I got super frustrated cutting it out and gave up on it. This weekend, however, I felt ready to tackle it again (although I was tempted to just leaving it for next week’s UFOs, but I have other things to finish!) I have taken a couple years off from sewing and so this dress was the first thing I have made and finished since, probablyspring 2009. Pretty bad, but it felt so good to make something that I am ready to keep sewing garments I will wear! I was a little doubtful if this was something I’d wear, but I wound up liking it a lot, although it was shorter than I expected, a common problem when you’re six foot!

I think I’m going to wait till spring to wear it, it’s too cold for the dark winters of the Pacific Northwest. What do you all usually do when you are cutting out your pattern? Do you trace the pattern or cut out the tissue paper? I usually trace it to vellumbecause I HATE working with that tissue paper and am always worried that I’ll want to make the dress again, but in a different size, but this time I went ahead and cut out the patter. It just takes so long to trace it!

Here is a shot so you can see the fabric better, I was a little worried about a pattern and lining it up, but it wasn’t a big deal with this one.

It’s just as well that I didn’t use this dress for the button challenge because with out the pockets there are only two and I put them on just for show. The only reason I could think of for them to be working buttons would be for nursing a baby, and I don’t plan on doing that for quite a while!



Victoria is a recent college graduate who is starting to work on projects for herself rather than for homework. She is mostly a photographer and is working on getting back to sewing.


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  1. I love this pattern. Great dress.

  2. It fits you like a glove :)

  3. wow – looks great. You’ve done a beautiful job.

  4. This is so cute. I’m tempted to get this pattern, but I’m afraid I’m too busty for it.

  5. Victoria, your Parfait looks great! I never trace, just cut out the tissue. I don’t think I’m lazy, just realistic about actually getting some sewing done.

  6. I love this pattern. Your version is adorable. I really have to make this dress. It always turns out lovely.