Vintage Sewing

Floral Blue

December 1, 2011

This dress was made out of a cotton voile with a blue and green floral print and some flocking (which is hard to see in photos). I saw the material (on sale as usual) for about $5 a meter at spotlight and fell in love with the blue and green colouring straight away. It was on a tall bold (150cm) and there was very minimal left (I think about 1.5-2m) but that didn’t stop me I bought it up and coveted the ideas of what outfit it could be turned into. I knew I needed a pattern that was sweet and feminine and not to fancy in its details (least it detract from the gorgeous floral), but it also had to work with such minimal yardage as I had.
Enter Butterick 6582, which I had bought originally for the wiggle dress on the front in black (so sexy). The full skirted version I noticed used deceptively low yardage and made up for it with some bias cutting in the skirt (I know that sounds odd as Bias cutting normally results in skads of unusable off-cuts but this pattern does not do that as the bias is only slight). It was everything I wanted it to be light, floaty, spring like, with enough detail in the cross front to be interesting but not so much as to be detracting. It answered all the feminine callings that my normally quite masculine brain had dreamt up for this floral.

For more information about this dress and pic see my blog at

Floral Blue
  1. Such a summery print! This makes me wish for warmer days – feeling pretty jealous of the southern hemisphere right now.

    I keep seeing people mention Spotlight so I googled it – looks like it’s the Australian equivalent of Joann.

  2. I am so glad that you were finally able to sit in your swing. I am sure it was peueafcl for you to do that again. I wish I could have been sitting with you and we would have a nice long visit. I am so happy that you are looking forward to getting your new sewing machine. Let me know the first thing that you make with it when you get it. Have a blessed day. Love you, Aunt Linda

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