The Rollicking, Frolicking, All Around Good Time Dress
Fabric: red flowered cotton from stash, white bed sheet for lining
Pattern: Butterick 4443, View E
Notions: zipper, embroidery floss
Time to complete: six hours
First worn: January 29, 2012
Wear Again: Most definitely for my upcoming vacation!
Price: $3 (floss and zipper)
Friends, I recently acquired a Groupon to a local fabric store, which I used to buy Diana Rupp’s Embroider Everything Workshop. The book is full of eye candy projects, and in an effort to get a head start on my embroidering adventure, I decided to use embroidery to spice up this dress pattern. The dress could also be known as the Sampler Dress, since I used it to practice the Split Stitch, which I had never done before trying it out on the neckline. I used bright yellow for the floss and zipper as I wanted to break up the red a little. I may end up making a yellow belt for this outfit, but right now I am reveling in the fact that my flowers line up on the skirt and bodice.
This flowery red cotton has been in my stash for about four years, and I knew it was destined to be a dress. It was only with the arrival of this challenge that I was finally inspired to make Butterick 4443. I omitted the shoulder tie – it’s just not my thing. I lined the skirt and bodice with an old bed sheet to give this lightweight cotton more weight – I like to reduce my up-skirt chances as often as I am able.
Front and back views. I apologize for the faces – I was hoping my photographer would see my clouds of breath. It was a tropical 29 degrees Fahrenheit during this photo shoot.
Overall, I’m completely pleased with this dress – it will be perfect for summer and my long awaited vacay! The only problem is it might be too short for playing on the park equipment…