So I made this little summer dress..
..using some fabric I picked up at the quilting shop and a 70's pattern from my stash.
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!!