Hot! The ‘Primrose Polka Dot’ Dress

This should be called the ‘dress that almost didn’t happen,’ but the sewing bug bit me once I saw Mena’s inspiration posts for this week’s theme.  After I saw the various prints in florals and polka dots, and the dress shapes, an idea popped into my head.  I had just ordered some grey fabric with pink polka dots with no particular pattern in tow.  But the 40s silhouettes made me think of Colette’s Ceylon.  Interesting… I checked the yardage requirements and I had enough!

The Facts

Fabric: 3.5 yards Michael Miller Dumb Dot cotton in dark grey with pink polka dots $20
Pattern: Colette Ceylon, previously made $0
Year: Contemporary
Notions: 16 buttons $4, bias tape $2
Time to complete: Approx. 6 hours
First worn: To my nephew’s baptism
Wear again? Yes! Love it!
Total cost:

I’d already made this pattern before, but some of the assembly details were still a little tricky, and my memory was fuzzy.  I had to refer to my previous version a couple of times to make sure I wasn’t going to make any silly mistakes.  I started cutting out the pattern on Wednesday night, and squeezed in sewing time so that I could finish the dress on Saturday night.  The hubby and I got some upsetting news at the beginning of the weekend, so working on this dress was a nice distraction.

I wore the dress on Sunday to my nephew’s baptism.  We were his godparents and the ceremony was at my childhood church and grade school.  It was fun being back at my old stomping grounds, and I got to show my hubby where I went to school.  The dress was perfect for the occasion and I know I’ll get a lot of use out of wearing it to work or just day-to-day.



Christine started sewing in late 2010, inspired by the many crafty bloggers and their gorgeous, self-made outfits. When she's not sewing, she's doing Irish and Scottish dancing, needlework or other various crafts, and hanging out with her hubby and fur babies (1 dog and 3 cats).


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  1. Wow, that’s a lot of button work and it looks absolutely beautiful. Very nice photos.

  2. I think that’s the nicest Ceylon I’ve seen on here.

  3. That’s lovely! It suits you so well.

  4. I’m loving the polka dots!! And that is an impressive number of buttons there along with it being a beautiful pattern on you. Good job : )

  5. I love polka dots. This looks like the perfect match of pattern to fabric to me. Beautiful!

  6. I think you look fantastic in all of the Collette patterns you’ve made they really are flattering on you. The dress looks perfectly made. Love the button detail on this pattern. Just lovely.

  7. This dress looks perfect. So pretty! You did such a great job with the construction too. I love it!

  8. Great work, that has a lot of fiddly details. It looks lovely on you and so feminine.

  9. Very clever choice of pattern. Such a sweet dress and all of those buttons!

  10. Just lovely! I love how the colors of this dress look on you.

  11. Your polka dot Ceylon is just fabulous! The fit is great, and the colors are delightful :)

  12. Very pretty dress! The style is lovely on you. Kudos in your button detail.

  13. Very cute! I’ve always thought the Ceylon looked 40s-ish too. I think it’s the shoulder yolk things. Fab job!

  14. Best Ceylon ever!!

  15. So sorry you had upsetting news Barbara, hope things pick up for you. The dress and those buttons is perfect, beautiful…as are those roses you used as your background. All the best xx