The “Spring Confections” Dress

The Facts

Fabric:  2 yards “Garden Party” quilting cotton, ~$7, from Joann, 2 yards sheermist batiste, from stash
Pattern:  Butterick 4443
Year:  Contemporary
Notions:  featherweight boning, twill tape, bias tape, horsehair braid, invisible zipper
Time to complete:  ~10 hours?
First worn:  April 29, just for photos
Wear again?  Yes
Total cost:  I don’t recall but, let’s say ~$20

Over the years, the color pink and I have had a very on-again-off-again relationship.  I’ve always preferred blue and have just never been a cotton candy pink kind of girl.  However, I eventually discovered a combination that had me finally falling for the confectionery color:  pink and green.  Once paired with this delightful, minty color, pink goes from too sugary sweet to easy, breezy, and just-the-right-amount cheery.

How much do I love pink and green together?  Well, last year, I dragged my fiance to the fabric store and while I was trying to talk myself into one fabric, he spotted this one (by the exit ;-) ) and said “that looks like you.”  He was right, as he often is; so, I bought a length and left quite happy with my purchase

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I decided a strapless dress suited this plaid best and opted to try something new.  Looking to a rtw dress for inspiration, I decided to tackle a corselette.  This was certainly a learning experience and there are things I’ll do differently next time but, I am quite pleased with the outcome: a strapless dress that…drum roll, please… stays UP!  In fact, while taking photos, I didn’t fiddle with the dress once!  Brilliant!  I’ll be adding this feature to many future dresses.

Have a lovely week, everyone! x

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Jennifer

Jennifer took up sewing in 2008 as a new hobby after a move. Now, with endless ideas running through her head, she's making an effort to fill hers and her fiance's closets with custom clothing.

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  1. Sweet. Love the pink and green combination

  2. That’s very cute – great for summer parties :)

  3. Beautiful! I love the pink and green combination. Great fabric choice and the dress looks fantastic.

  4. Aw! This is adorable! You’re pictures are a sort of updated Little Red Ridding Hood goes to grandma’s house…

  5. the corselette definitely shows in how wonderful the dress fits and maintains its structure–i read the first half of the post thinking, wow, she must have done some interior structure to have such a beautiful fit!

  6. The dress looks so pretty! I can see the work you put into it-it’s so well made. Sweet photos too!

    • Thank you, Gina! How kind! It’s so nice when other talented seamstresses recognize the extra efforts put into a garment.

  7. Hi Jenneifer, way to go with trying the corset feature. The dress looks great, you can see the structure in the photo. Just got back from the Fashion District, found my fabric for the MixItUp and 1940′s challenge.

    • Thank you, Krista! This certainly won’t be my last corselette. It makes wearing the dress so much nicer. There you go making me jealous again. I didn’t really sew the last time I visited NYC so, I didn’t do any shopping. I’ll make up for it next time though! Good job getting a head start.

  8. I love the dress and the choice of fabric! I am a big fan of pink and green, because it’s glorious and because it reminds of having strawberry and pistachio ice cream in summer in Milan! It hardly gets more summery than that…

    • Thank you! Pink and green is glorious, isn’t it!? I was thinking strawberry and pistachio too but, ice cream in Milan…I’m jealous! :-)

  9. Jennifer, this dress suits you. You look gorgeous!

  10. Very pretty! I congratulate you on sewing with horsehair braid and boning. Both can be a bit tricky for me. Looks like it worked very nicely for you.

    • Thank you, Barbara! Admittedly, I did have a bit of trouble with the horsehair braid. It had quite a mind of its own. Luckily, I got it to work.

  11. Gorgeous dress! I love how well the pink and the green work together – very pretty. :-)

  12. Love that pink and green together, and seriously impressed about using the horsehair braid and boning.

    • Thank you, Tempest! So much love for pink and green – glad I’m not alone. Working with featherweight boning is really quite easy. I haven’t tried the spiral steel though.

  13. Very pretty dress and fabric! I’ve been looking for a pink-green combi gingham-like fabric for a picnic dress. It looks good on you too!

    • Thank you, Tiffany!! If you can’t find what you want and want to try this one, I can pick it up for you (I don’t see it online). My local JoAnn’s stocked it again this year.

      • That’s very kind of you! But I’m located in SG. I will try the local stores again. Thank you for your offer!

  14. That kind of pink and green together is, by far, my favorite (and probably only) pink combo! What a perfect summer dress, well done!

  15. You always BRING IT, Jennifer…and with this dress you so brought it! Excellent work. The dress is a stunning reflection of your talents. Oh, and you look awfully pretty in it, too.

  16. Great combination of both color and fabric with pattern. Bravo!

  17. Jennifer you bombshell!! kudos to you and your gorgeous strapless dress that doesn’t require constant hitching. Love the perfect bodice and the fabric you chose. Stunning job!

  18. You look so good in this dress! I’m seriously impressed by the corsetry and also a fan of the preppy pink and green combo.

  19. He is right, the combination of green and pink so beautiful, you made ​​a dress of great beauty and sparkle, as if the dress tells the stories of the lives of the beautiful spring day in the memories of women, you look great.