The pattern is Butterick 4801. It would have to be one of the comfiest dresses I've ever made. Which surprised me because it's the first dress I've ever worn with a belt. It's so light and breezy though..I loved wearing it to the beach on our recent escape...
I was feeling a bit daunted as the dress had a lot of construction detail which I normally try to avoid - such as buttons up the front, a back yolk, a buckle belt and a collar! But I really, really wanted this dress as I had been staring at it all winter whenever I was in my craft room studying, which was quite a lot.
I chose a warm, blustery day a few weeks ago and stayed inside pottering quietly away. The best kind of creative meditation..
It was my first attempt at making a belt. The buckle was found at a local goodwill shop some time back for all of 20 cents, if I remember correctly. If you have never made a buckle belt for fear of it being complicated - I can only say give it a go! It was really very simple and such fun to make. My 10 year old daughter chose the buttons because i just couldn't decide! I love her choice..she has a good eye, that one.
The collar was challenging but not as bad as I had feared. Taking it slow and steady and walking away when the kettle beckoned helped a lot.
Pre-beach departure, by a matter of minutes..
|The ocean awaits!|
Thanks to my 13 year old daughter for photographing me wearing the dress. I think she did a really cool job!!