The “Button Foot is Back” Dress
Fabric: Vintage cotton from Alameda Antique Fair – 4 yards for $2
Pattern: Butterick 9265, $1
Year: c. 1960
Notions: 4 self-buttons – $.25
Time to complete: ~6 hours
First worn: April 2012
Wear again? Yes.
Total Cost: ~$3.25
I’m not sure what constitutes “VIP” fabric for me this week. I have a number of pieces that I never touch due to my desire to “really make something special.” Usually, something “special” means a full-skirted 1950s dress. So when it came to this totally awesome $2 polka dot print, I decided to make something special and puffy and with buttons! The buttons thing is big since I lost my button foot like 6 months ago. I finally broke down and ordered a replacement and now I’m back in the land of buttons.
So is this the most important piece of fabric in my stash? No. But I certainly do like it quite a bit. It’s like the floral 1950s and geometric 1960s are fighting it out.
With Butterick 9256, I had three options for necklines. Because of the whole button thing, I went with view “A.” If I was to make this exact dress again (with the same fabric), I would have make it up in view “C.” The polka dots are a bit too much with the buttoned front. And, I didn’t do the greatest job matching it all up. There’s a lot of stuff going on there that makes the dress look far busier than it should.
But, even with that criticism — I do like how it turned out!
I honestly don’t know how I ever finished this dress. My sewing machine has been so temperamental and I spent most of the day on Sunday threading and rethreading. I went to bed last night not even sure that I’d have something for this week. Sitting out last week forced me to get this done and, miracles of miracles, my machine started behaving and I finished this dress this morning.
I had a cold this weekend (and am still sick) so my photo shoot isn’t too exciting. My dining room and its walls make an appearance again.