Winter Greens

It’s been a  while since I’ve posted here, I keep forgetting you guys are over here on WordPress. Here’s a project I finished a couple of months ago…

Once winter began here in Australia, I became obsessed with finding the perfect shade of ‘winter green’. Sadly, most of our fabric stores seem to have pretty much left out this colour altogether.

While on my quest to find the my ideal winter green, I came across some winter-weight ponti de roma in a lovely shade of emerald green and quickly snapped up a couple of metres for a dress. I already had the perfect pattern in mind – Butterick 4379s.

Butterick 4379-S

I usually need to shorten my vintage patterns in the bodice by 1 inch, so the ‘shorter length’ wasn’t going to be a problem. I’ve been doing a lot of pin-easing of late and have become quite good at it; it’s a very time consuming technique but the finish it gives is totally worth the effort.



For a refreshing change, Butterick 4379-S lived up to its promise of being ‘quick & easy’ and the ponti de roma was lovely to sew. Overall, it was a fairly fuss-free dress and it’s so comfy and warm; I think it’s safe to say I’ve another successful addition to my winter wardrobe.

More pics & construction details on my blog.

– Tamara

• Meet the Author • Tamara

I have been collecting & sewing from Vintage patterns (30s-50s) for the past 5 years. My favourite era to sew is the 40s & the style suits me to a tea.

10 comments… add one

  • Wow! That is GORGEOUS.

  • Absolutely beautiful! That is a perfect fabric for the pattern, and the dress fits you perfectly.
    I too am obsessed with finding just the right color green, but I still haven’t pinpointed it. I think it is a medium spruce, but it might be a dark mint or a dusky jade. LOL
    One day I’ll find it!

    • I feel your pain, Katrina. The hunt continues…

  • What a great translation of the pattern into an actual dress! Beautiful!

  • Oh, that dress looks so lovely on you!

  • Thanks guys!! I am really pleased with how this dress turned out. I didn’t have to do much in the way of alterations to get it to fit either, qu’elle suprise! It’s going to get a lot of wear for sure.

  • Oh Tamara, that vintage pattern is just gorgeous! The color is so pretty on you, and the whole thing is so retro looking.

    Keep up the good work!


  • Beautiful, love the colour especially with your hair. Great job.

  • The dress looks authentic to me. Fab.

  • Love that green! Very nice job on the dress!! I’m off to read about your pin-easing!


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