Idée fixe

by Erin on August 29, 2011


My latest idée fixe is to make a shirtdress out of this new Joel Dewberry fabric (Woodgrain in Vintage Yellow). (Faux bois idée fixe is probably the longest French phrase I can manage.)

I don’t know why — as with most of my dress-related brainstorms, it falls under the category of “it seemed like a good idea at the time”. 

Not sure WHICH shirtdress pattern this will be matched up with — I dragged out several contenders the other night, of which Butterick 2237:


and Advance 8524:


are currently in the lead. 

Wooden buttons, naturally! Maybe even little twig ones … 

{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

wendy August 29, 2011 at 5:36 am

With french knot “nailheads” to accent the seams? Sorry, couldn’t resist. I’d vote for the first pattern.


Dee Ravenztarot August 29, 2011 at 5:51 am

I would use twiggy buttons; How fun with braided loops, I would like to see you pick the advance dress #2


MB@YarnUiPhoneAppv1.6 August 29, 2011 at 6:18 am

This could work but you need some color contrast like a fire engine red cording so you don’t blend in with a plywood wall. But wooden buttons would be totally appropriate. Nice find!


edgertor August 29, 2011 at 6:33 am

i like view one in the advance pattern. but it’s not really a shirtdress then.


Jen O August 29, 2011 at 6:57 am

You know, with this wood grain fabric it might be fun to try a 1″ wide bias trim some where for a bit of a “wood work” look. Gosh, wouldn’t a “painting” with wood frames make cute patch pockets!


Kat August 29, 2011 at 7:29 am

I admit that if I were to wear something in this fabric, I would want buttons that looked a bit like drawer pulls.


Riva August 29, 2011 at 7:52 am

I’d go for Advance #2. There is something kind of structural about the neckline. And don’t you have measuring tape ribbon or fabric somewhere in your stash? I love Kat’s idea for drawer pull style buttons! Personally–I’d love to make a table cloth or place mat and napkins–or a slip cover!!–out of fabric like this.


didda August 29, 2011 at 8:58 am

leaf buttons


Nada August 29, 2011 at 9:19 am



Tea August 29, 2011 at 11:51 am

love this! I’m voting for view #1 in the Advance pattern.


Michelle August 29, 2011 at 12:59 pm

Oh, sounds fun and I can’t wait to see it.


Pffft August 29, 2011 at 9:23 pm

How ’bout curtains on a windowframe for pockets


Jo August 29, 2011 at 10:51 pm

I think it would look great with the collar in the Advance pattern.


Frances August 30, 2011 at 8:09 am

What a great fabric! I can’t wait to see how it turns out. You need a skinny little belt in a contrasting color.

I love the drawer-pull buttons idea, lol… maybe have a large old drawer pull for a buckle on the belt?

Thanks for posting these patterns – Butterick 2237 is PERFECT for a knockoff of a dress I love from a company I can’t remember the name of. Imagine it in large blue and white gingham with a bright red sash at the waist.


Pdmeme August 30, 2011 at 8:21 am

hi, [my first post] i love your site! my vote is for advance, view 2 with a skinny red belt. if there are any buttons that would bring red with wooden centers or small red wooden toggle buttons, that would be cute.


Cel August 31, 2011 at 5:32 am

with a nubby carpet like cardigan


Bueno Bueno September 1, 2011 at 5:43 am

When I was little, my granny made me a mauv wood grain dress for a wedding. Let’s just say it wasn’t as beautiful as your dresses, but it was still awesome in a hideous way :)

love your blog!


laura September 11, 2011 at 11:12 pm

Nope. Not wooden buttons. Acorns. And one squirrel button.


Gaby September 12, 2011 at 5:18 am

I’m late to this party but maybe a cuckoo clock pocket?


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