Thursday, January 19, 2012

The Sew Weekly Challenge, Theme: Buttons

Here is dress number 2 for the Sew Weekly Challenge. Last weeks theme was buttons and I just loved it! Next week is Make This Look. We can pick any dress form the Make This Look page and make it our own! Im going a bit Glee, But more about that next week ;D

 The ‘You look like a 40′s Nurse’ Dress

The Facts

Fabric: Kelley green & White stretch poplin cotton $19.22
Pattern: McCalls 4769

Year: 2005
Notions: 7 white Rose buttons $1.99. Time to complete: 15hrs +

First worn: Jan. 16, 2012
Wear again?: I’m sure!
Total Price: $21.20

When I saw this week’s theme I knew the exact buttons I wanted to use. I’d been saving these in my stash for just the right fabric / pattern combo. My machine is meant to have a 1 step buttonhole function, maybe it did in 10 years ago but now it’s a 3 to 4 step…Frustrating but I pushed through.

I just love the colour in this; it’s my favorite green out there! For so long I’ve wanted to make a dress in this style, and now I have I know why I put it off! I HATE collars! They suck… (If anyone knows a trick or you tube clip, please!) Hopefully with practice I’ll get better. And hand sewing…soooo much! Oh well it’s was TOTALLY worth it, I just love it! Even if the BF says I look like a 1940′s war nurse, I’m happy with it.

I think next time I make this pattern I’ll change the sleeve cuff, make it into more of a French cuff, add another button to it. I’m thinking a purple and red combo!
I was planning to have this finished by the deadline but alas it was way too hot in this week. It’s been like 30 to 35 outside and in the sewing room, about 40!

A big thanks to Mum for being the camera person too!
Hopefully the heat won’t get to me as much this week…
Happy Sewing!


  1. I LOVE it! Such a great pattern and a purple/red combo would look great too! Hope it cools down a bit there! Sounds sweltering!

  2. Thank you so much Debi! I bet the weather is the opposite in your part of the world!