A Swirl of Sunshine Dress

A touch of yellow is perfect for brightening up a cloudy day.
A touch of yellow is perfect for brightening up a cloudy day.

This dress has been in my UFO pile since before Thanksgiving. I pulled it out a couple of months ago and finished everything except stitching the buttons on the front. I finally added the buttons last week.

I made the bodice from a shirt that I thrifted several years ago. In the fall of last year I was really into grey and yellow, so I paired the bodice with a grey knit skirt. I lined the bodice with the same grey knit and made a collar.

I wish I could go back in time and slap myself until I came to my senses while making this dress. My lazy self from a couple of months ago didn’t interface the collar. What!? Then, my lazy self became even lazier and didn’t trim the seam allowances enough on the inside seam of the collar. I know better; I’m hanging my head in shame. What the heck was possessing me when I was making this dress? I guess we all have those moments, right?

As I'm sure our neighbors will be ecstatic to see, we're finally going to be working on redoing our ugly yard next week.
We’ve had sun for days, but, of course, when I wanted to take a few pictures on Thursday, the sun decided to be shy.

I don’t like the dress sans belt, but I just found a grey belt that I’ll probably wear with it. I need to add another hole to it first though.


I got the sewing machine necklace recently. I’ve been wearing it just about every day.
I really should have ironed the collar before taking these. Yeesh!
I really should have ironed everything better before taking these. Yeesh!

I guess the terrible light doesn’t help, but I didn’t notice the collar looking so wonky before these pictures. Wahwahwah… πŸ™

I think once I hand-stitch the collar down along the front, I won’t have problems with it flippingΒ  up.

The inside of the bodice- I could've sewn the buttons on before adding the lining, so that the button stitching wouldn't be visible. I could've...but I didn't.
The inside of the bodice- The lining is sewn to the sleeve/armscye seam allowances. I could’ve sewn the buttons on before adding the lining, so that the button stitching wouldn’t be visible. I could’ve…but I didn’t.
I was making terrible faces in almost every picture, for some reason.
I was making terrible faces in almost every picture, for some reason. I really am a happy person, I promise. Ha!

I guess the frowny faces in some of the pictures are fitting because they illustrate my feelings toward this dress: Meh.

Luckily, I’ve got some less disappointing makes on the way.

And just because they’re so pretty, here are some close-ups of the Forget-me-nots on my porch. πŸ™‚


IMG_6364What are your favorite spring flowers?

  1. Sarah Lewis

    April 14, 2013 at 7:39 pm

    For a non-seamstress like me the dress looks great! And….I love the flowers. Anthony just ordered seeds and one package will be Forget-me-nots!! YAY!!

    1. Becca

      April 16, 2013 at 9:29 am

      Thank you! Yay, for spring planting! You’ll have to send me some pictures of your lovely flowers. πŸ™‚

  2. larakrjacobs

    April 15, 2013 at 2:02 am

    I think this is really sweet. I love yellow and grey – that’s my colour plan when I finally get a sewing room! x PS woop for needing to take your belt in…I love that feeling!

    1. Becca

      April 16, 2013 at 9:25 am

      Ooo! I hope you get a sewing room soon. I’d love to see this color combo in a sewing room. I’m actually thinking about doing my master bedroom in this color combo. I just finished redoing a dresser (which I’ll post about soon) with a grey stain. Yeah, it’s almost never a bad thing to have to take a belt in. πŸ™‚

  3. ashley0107

    April 15, 2013 at 5:00 am

    I love the colour combo! And that necklace is really cute πŸ™‚

    1. Becca

      April 16, 2013 at 9:22 am

      Thank you! It’s my favorite necklace, ever!

  4. Ashley

    April 15, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    I am obsessed with grey and yellow, and I love this dress, no matter how ill-behaved that collar may be πŸ™‚ I also like the black belt with it (not that I’ve seen the grey…). It’s a nice contrast to the the grey and yellow.

    1. Becca

      April 16, 2013 at 9:21 am

      Thanks! Yeah, the black belt has started to grow on me. At first, it just seemed like it was distracting in a bad way. I think I’ve changed my mind now that I’ve worn it for a day.

  5. Ripple Dandelion

    April 15, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    The combination of the swirly yellow fabric and the grey is so unusual–I think it’s wonderful! In real life, maybe the collar would irk me too, but in photos it looks great.

    1. Becca

      April 16, 2013 at 9:19 am

      I agree, it isn’t something you see often. I love unusual combinations. Thank you! I’m glad it looks good to your eye.


    April 15, 2013 at 2:58 pm

    Nooo, I think the dress turned out great! I love the color combination, esp with the lace overlay and the sweet little collar.

    1. Becca

      April 16, 2013 at 9:16 am

      Thanks, lady! This is one of my favorite color combinations, and I’d been saving that lace material for a while.

  7. gingermakes

    April 17, 2013 at 9:29 am

    I think this looks adorable! Your collar issues are invisible to my eye! Well done, girl!

    1. Becca

      April 18, 2013 at 12:16 pm

      Thanks, Ginger! I guess I’m being overly critical (as we are all apt to be with some of our own makes). πŸ™‚

  8. Andrea @ Mouse in My Pocket

    April 18, 2013 at 10:21 am

    This is super cute! I love it with the black belt.

    1. Becca

      April 18, 2013 at 12:19 pm

      Thanks so much!

  9. Cari

    April 18, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    I’m a redhead, so I look terrible in yellow but i am absolutely in love with this dress! It looksbvery nice on you and I don’t think the collar is too bad. Honestly, this looks like it walked right off of ModCloth! The buttons down the front were the perfect finishing touch.

    Love the sewing machine necklace, too!
    Cari from SewCari

    1. Becca

      April 21, 2013 at 12:27 pm

      Thank you! I like a lot of things on ModCloth, but nothing ever fits right. I’m so happy that I can make my own clothing. If all of my clothes were RTW, I would never be comfortable. Buttons are one of my favorite details. I think the sewing machine necklace is my favorite piece of jewelry, EVER. πŸ™‚

  10. Threadie

    April 20, 2013 at 6:04 am

    I really love this yellow:grey combination ! This dress is great on you !

    1. Becca

      April 21, 2013 at 12:18 pm

      Thanks! I like this color combo, too.

  11. Jamie

    April 20, 2013 at 8:28 am

    What a cute color combination, did you draft the pattern yourself? It has a great fit!

    1. Becca

      April 21, 2013 at 12:18 pm

      Thanks so much! Yes, I did make the pattern myself. πŸ™‚ I’m pretty happy with the fit.

  12. Andrea

    April 21, 2013 at 10:43 pm

    AMAZING. I love this so much. I would definitely wear this all the time!

    1. Becca

      April 22, 2013 at 9:14 pm

      Thanks so much! I think it will get a lot of wear this spring. I love knit dresses because they’re so easy and comfy to wear.

  13. Mikelina

    April 24, 2013 at 10:33 pm

    This is so cute. I’ll be on the look out for a cute lace shirt to make my own! Thanks!

    1. Becca

      April 25, 2013 at 6:16 pm

      Thanks! Awesome, I can’t wait yours when you do! Have fun! πŸ™‚

  14. Mie @ Sewing Like Mad

    April 25, 2013 at 7:48 am

    I LOVE this dress. And yes I know all about skipping some steps while sewing and then regretting afterwards when you see the result….next time, right!
    I will be following you with bloglovin from now on. I am a seamstress too, yay.

    1. Becca

      April 25, 2013 at 6:21 pm

      Thanks! That’s right! Thanks for following! I will check out your blog, too. πŸ™‚

  15. Justine

    April 27, 2013 at 9:18 am

    I think the dress is wonderful!

    1. Becca

      April 27, 2013 at 1:56 pm

      Thanks, Justine! πŸ™‚

  16. Brenda H.

    April 28, 2013 at 7:43 pm

    I really do like the dress. It looks wonderful with the dark belt. How in the world do you learn to make your own patterns!? You are blessed with a real gift. It looks great on you.

    1. Becca

      April 29, 2013 at 10:44 am

      Thank you so much! You’re so sweet. I’ve just taken A LOT of things apart and read a book or two on the subject. It’s all about experimenting. πŸ™‚

  17. Alessa

    May 13, 2013 at 9:59 am

    Ah don’t frown, the dress is very cute!

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