Dresses: Day 17

Careful readers of MilitaryHumveeAuction (are there any other kind? I think not) will have seen this dress ; it’s definitely one of my favorites:

The buttons are probably my favorite part — they’re covered with another black&white alphabet fabric at a different scale:

There are a lot of things I’ll do differently when I make this pattern again. For instance, I don’t think the placket edges need to be edgestitched:

And when I first put in the zipper, I started the top too low and the fabric ripped at the stress point — you can see the repair below (I also replaced the zipper):

Here’s the back, it’s off-center on my dress form but not in real life, really.

This is from Butterick 7513:

Honestly, I don’t know why I don’t make this all the time, it’s super-comfortable and not very demanding. It might be because I tend to shy away from center-front skirt seams, but I’m getting over that. Maybe I’ll give this one another shot soon …

And in Hundred-Dresses-The-Book news, did I already link to this ? Check it out!

6 thoughts on “Dresses: Day 17

  1. Letter perfect.

    I know a really stupid joke “17!”, but it involves jumping up and down and arm gestures, won’t work in a comment box.

    That’s a good repair.


  2. I just love the sleeves on this. fitting sleeves can be a nuisance – particularly if you are not a standard size and have to fiddle about with the bodice anyway. Dolman sleeves can solve this problem. To say nothing of saving time!


  3. I never would have looked at that pattern and that dress and put two-and-two together. Just goes to show what impact fabric choice has on the outcome! Looks great.


  4. Love your site (I was a beta-reader for your incredible book!) and I have a question…how many yards of fabric does this pattern call for? I’m off to Japan next week and I want to buy fabric and have a dress made for me when I get home. I need to guess on yardage as I don’t have a pattern. But I figured that if I calculated from a sleeved, wide skirted, calf-length pattern, I would have enough for that or something that needs less material.

    Thanks for your help!


    • Ooh, thanks so much! Copies are still en route because I wanted to add a little something extra. 🙂

      BUT: fabric. I generally buy five yards of 45″ and three of 58-60″ wide fabric, which is enough to make just about anything. If something is super-expensive I will take it down one yard and resolve to make something with a narrower skirt. 🙂

      You may find this post helpful:


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