A new twist


Butterick 6919

Check out this stunner from Dorothea's Closet on eBay. I love the way the straps attach to the bust.

I know the weather is about to change soon (it's been unseasonably warm here in Chicago these last two weeks) as I have had one last gasp of mooning over summer dresses, especially sundresses.

This is completely unreasonable, as I am not a sundress person. Dresses, yes, sundresses, no. I think the last sundress I was completely happy with was a cherry-print number with a ruffled hem and spaghetti straps. (It also had an elastic-smocked bodice, because I was ten.)

This dress might convert me to sundress-person mode — especially the one made up in a border print. I'd love to try this in stripes, too! Or gingham. Or (it goes without saying) polka dots.

If you want to get a jump on next summer, you could do worse than buying this pattern. In fact, I think looking at this might be nearly as effective as those lightboxes in treating seasonal affective disorder.

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0 thoughts on “A new twist

  1. I love it – it looks like the sort of sundress you could wear a bra with, for one. Wouldn’t it be lovely made up in that rose/trellis lawn fabric…?But I’m on a pattern-and-fabric reduction plan right now. Seriously.I mean it.

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  2. Oh, I would — what a seductively beautiful dress! But it’s 30 bust, which puts it out of the running for me. I can happily scale a 34 up to my 38, but probably not a 30.It is a shame. I hate to let it go, but someone would enjoy it more than I would

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  3. how the heck does that dress stay shut? am i missing something? it doesn’t call for a zipper under notions…i’m of the opinion that any sundress can be an autumn dress with the right material and a cardigan 🙂

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  4. I love sun dresses! Fortunately, I live in Florida so the dress code allows them pretty much year round. I’m still hoping to slim down into one I found last summer – yellow with blue flowers and a very tight waist (which I like because I’m a natural hourglass). It’s the only yellow dress I’ve ever found where the color actually looks good on me.

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  5. That dress looks lovely, but I shudder at the notion of buttoning something under my breasts. Surely the buttons would pop open every other minute, won’t they?

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  6. In very fine print above the notions notations there is a line that calls for a zipper to be used in the side seam.Lovely dress!

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  7. Yet another pattern I’ve got stashed here that makes me want to learn to sew! If only owning the patterns would magically bestow me with the knowledge *and time* to accomplish that….Question, when I list these to sell, should I mention in the listing itself what the required notions & yardage are? I’m fairly new to selling them!Thanks!Angela

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  8. Since you are a fabric maven, I have to ask – where do you find border prints? Especially online, I can’t seem to find any good ones and I’m obsessed with border print fabric. I have so many dress patterns just screaming out for a good border and I just can’t seem to find good ones.

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  9. Knittinmol, if you are having trouble finding border prints that appeal to you, look under “sari” or “saree;” most saris have a very distinctive field and border, and approximately five yards of fabric for you to work with, and a pallu (endpiece), often a yard long, or coordinated but distinctively different design.For the other ladies, a nice sturdy hook-and-eye, supporting or replacing a button in distress, is a very useful item indeed.

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