When I saw the Lindley Lawns Caramel floral print fabric by Ruby Star Society I knew I had to create something with it. The print itself reminds me of retro florals from the 1960’s so I was inspired by this theme. I recently made a toile of the True Bias Shelby pattern and knew this button up dress would have the retro vibe I was after.
The dress itself is really straightforward to sew together, as there is no lining or zips. The only tricky part to the pattern is the button holes but you soon get into the hang of doing them. The shape of the bust is sewn into the seams instead of darts so it makes fitting the dress a lot easier also. I had to do a small shoulder lift (like I have to do on most of my makes - you can see the tutorial on shoulder adjustments by Tilly and the Buttons here) which was straightforward to do once the front and back panels were sewn together.
To finish the dress I used the new Each To Own handmade flower buttons in matt lilac, as I fell in love with them. They brought back such nostalgic feelings from my childhood dresses that I couldn’t wait to add them to my finished dress. The colour of the buttons matched the fabric print
perfectly so it’s like the buttons were made for the fabric!
My finished creation is now one of my favourite me made items, for it’s 60s charm and flattering shape. The back ties look nice tied around the front as well, creating a lovely waist shape. The print and buttons are super fun and sum up my modern meets retro style perfectly. I know I'll be
dressing this up and down for all occasions.
***The fabric for this project was sent to Paige free of charge. She chose which pattern and what she wanted to make and all opinions expressed in this blog post are her own.***
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