The “Martha” Dress

The Facts

Fabric: a couple of metres of mint green cotton drill, with polka dots and cupcakes on it. Gift from my mother.
Pattern: Weigels 2106
Year: 1962
Notions: 7 buttons from my stash
Time to complete: around 5 hours
First worn: to the Wellington sewing bloggers meet up!
Wear again?: yep
Total cost: free, since fabric and buttons were both gifts! :-)

Check it out – I have a dress with cupcakes on it! (Scarily enough, it’s not the first cupcake dress I’ve made. What can I say? I like cupcakes.)

And not only does it have cupcakes, it also has polka dots. And purple buttons.

And sure, it may be a little tight around the waist, but that was actually intentional as I figure it should fit fine in a month or so and then I’ll have a lovely summer dress to wear. And in the meantime, I can wear it with a belt and it’ll be fine, no?

This dress got it’s first outing on Sunday, for the first Wellington bloggers meet up. (Which was fantastic!) We met at Martha’s Pantry, where we indulged in cake and milkshakes and tea. So I’ve named this dress in honour of that fabulous cafe and the fun times there. And coz Martha’s make lovely cupcakes, and this dress is covered in them. Indeed.

Not the best weather today, so we’re stuck with inside photos, in which I attempt to hold up the ceiling. (It hasn’t fallen down on us yet, so clearly my attempt was successful.)

Like they say, never work with children and animals. They tend to gate crash photo shoots.



Kat stumbled upon The Sew Weekly at the end of 2010. Inspired by Mena's creations and dedication to sewing each week, Kat stitched along with all the weekly themes for 2011. Through The Sew Weekly and the girls who contribute to it, she deepened her passion for vintage styles and started amassing a large collection of vintage patterns. Now she needs an excuse to try using them all.


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  1. Beautiful baby, beautiful dress : ) Does your husband like this one any better than the last one or are you still a cartoon character? (I have to say that made me laugh when I read it!) I think it fits quite nicely and I’m sure as you go into summer it will be lovely. Just don’t eat too many Martha’s .

  2. That fabric is too sweet! Love that you made it into a dress. I think it’s wonderful, and the buttons match perfectly.

  3. It’s such a vintage mommy look! I love it. The sweet and innocent cupcake print is to die for! Your babe is so cute as he curiously tracks the cat walking by.

  4. I love that you’ve made it a tad tight because you know it will fit you perfectly in a month, I like the way you think. Glad to hear you enjoyed the sewing bloggers meet-up and that your man likes the outcome of this dress. Practical thinking with the buttons too. Love it!

    • Oh, I don’t know that he *likes* the outcome, as such. More that he doesn’t hate it as much as he expected to. ;-)

      It’s all about the practicality these days, that’s for sure. Gotta have fun with the fabrics to make up for the practical styles!

  5. You holding up the ceiling looks like you’re Alice in Wonderland (especially with a cupcake dress too, perfect for a tea party) either shrinking or growing too big. Love the photobombing baby and cat too :) meeting up with other bloggers sounds fantastic.

  6. Such a delicious summery dress! And lovely kitties and babies! What could be better!