When some people think of spring, they think of budding flowers, or sunshine, or lengthening days. Nothing says spring to me like baby farm animals. Now that we live in a rural area, I find myself squealing when I drive past a neighbor’s yard full of baby sheep and goats (much to Adam’s dismay). I even took a chick-raising class at the hardware store (although actually getting chicks is going to have to wait until we have a home of our own!). For the Spring for Cotton sewalong, I knew that I was going to have to sew a dress form this amazing/ridiculous farm animal print cotton that I found at the thrift store recently.
I used vintage Butterick 4309 from 1966. A fairly basic shift dress I had in my pattern stash, but I was drawn to the oversized asymmetrical collar and contrasting yoke.
And even better, the dress has pockets! It’s a kangaroo pocket with the openings hidden in the center front seams. I found that it sits oddly low in the dress, so future iterations I’ll raise the pocket a bit. And, the pocket as is placed at the exact widest point of my hips (which is quite low) so any movement makes the pocket seam pull open and I think that will be alleviated a bit with raising the pocket.
I pinked all the seams to finish them, which is atypical for me – I almost always serge things that aren’t lined. But almost all of my serger thread is still in storage right now, and pinking seemed to fit with the vintage dress, so I went with it. It’s also supposed to have neck facing and sleeve facings but I swapped those out for bias tape.
I put a lapped zipper in the center back. I spent a lot of time fitting the dress and am very happy with the result. The only thing that I don’t feel like I got perfect was the neck/collar in the back – it’s just a tiny bit too wide. It wasn’t very noticeable until I applied the collar, but the weight of the collar causes a bit of gapping in the back.
I finished this dress just in time for Seder dinner – and I mean just in time. I was sewing on the buttons and pinking the seams in the car on the way to dinner! I took it with me on vacation to Washington D.C. where I was so excited to do a photoshoot in front of the cherry blossoms because those are ultimate signs of springs. However, I got the flu and couldn’t leave the hotel room the whole week (so bummed!) so I had to take photos back home instead. I’m still getting over this dang flu, but I’ve reached the point where a stripe of lipstick and some mascara makes me look like I belong in the land of the living again, so I’m getting close!