Floral wrap button back dress

I made this dress a couple of weeks ago, but neglected to share it.

Apparently, I was averse to looking at the camera the day I took these pictures. Geez!

Unfortunately, I chose one of the worst days to take pictures and couldn’t get the lighting right. Plus, I was impatient to get them done. So, I admit these aren’t the best photographs, but they serve their purpose.

I used a cotton floral fabric that was gifted to me by a friend (Thanks, Jan! :)) I used a pattern from the lot that I picked up for free through Craigslist, Simplicity 8827.

So, the dress was essentially cost-free, except for the thread. Man, I love it when that happens!

The style is very ’60s, which I love. I made some adjustments to the pattern. I took the sides in a tad, adjusted the neckline and waist darts and shortened the hemline a bit (even the mini version was too long for me!). I’m not perfectly content because I ended up with a neckline that is too wide for my taste, and my slip strap keeps coming out of the sleeve. But hey, you sew and learn.

There are snaps on the inside to keep the dress closed and the hem even. I used the snap tool  that I found at an estate sale for the first time. It makes snap a snap!

I made a belt with the same floral fabric for when I feel like changing it up.

I’m working on about three different things at the moment, and I can’t wait to share them. How about you? What sewing projects, or general projects, do you have on the table?

Just a reminder: Check out this post to enter a raffle for a chance to win the Daydreamer Dress. The entry requirement is a small donation made directly to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

  1. Marie

    May 8, 2012 at 11:54 am

    Aaaw, this is too cute for words! Loving the back detail!

    1. Becca

      May 9, 2012 at 10:15 am

      Thanks girl! 🙂

  2. Maureen

    May 8, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    I was going to suggest ‘strap holders’. I make them with a bit of tape or ribbon and a press stud. Fold the tape so its one and a half inches long and stitch the press stud so when folded it forms a loop. Fold the tape and sew the ‘fold’ end on the arm end of the shoulder and catch your straps inside!

    Then there’s this! http://www.straptrap.co.uk/ Looks effective!

    1. Becca

      May 9, 2012 at 10:15 am

      Thank you so much for commenting! I will definitely be making strap holders thanks to your suggestion. 🙂 Those strap traps look pretty cool too, and I bet I could make something similar pretty easily.

  3. Dee

    May 9, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    Adorable dress. You did a great job on this. Found you via We Sew Retro.

    1. Becca

      May 12, 2012 at 8:26 pm

      Thank you!

  4. prttynpnk

    May 11, 2012 at 11:04 am

    I love a patetrn that has pretty back and front details. Nicely done.

    1. Becca

      May 12, 2012 at 8:26 pm

      Thanks! I do too.

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