I bought this pattern off Etsy about half a year ago, and have made two dresses from it now. This is my most recently finished version! You know how sometimes you just find a pattern that fits you perfectly, straight out of the pack with no alterations? This was one! I love it!
It was really bright outside so the colours are rather washed out, but this shot shows the fabric and buttons to better effect. I had actually finished the dress a while ago, but was hanging out for the perfect buttons. I finally found these great vintage ones in a tiny op-shop in Gladstone (country SA!) and found they were just the ticket.
How fab is that fabric?! Another lucky op-shop find – the stripey one has tiny little French cafes and Eiffel Towers all over it! I didn’t have quite enough for the entire dress, so the yoke is in a matching print fabric. Also – note the bound buttonholes! The pattern calls for nine of them, all down the front, and I thought it may be time to choke it back and learn how to do bound buttonholes. It’s always been something I was too terrified to learn, but after consulting my Reader’s Digest Sewing guide I gave it a shot and discovered it’s really not so bad. It’s actually fun! So satisfying to see the neat little slits set off by a pretty fabric, I wish you could see them better! As it is I’ll be walking around going ‘Hey everyone, check out my sweet buttonholes’!
Vogue did a recent re-issue of this pattern, V2960. It’s essentially the same pattern with multi-sizing. I would be really interested in comparing the two patterns and instruction sheets, just to see what has been changed for a new sewing audience.
PS. Gertie has collected some great tips and ideas for bound buttonholes at her blog – it’s not just me who finds this stuff scary!