No. 15 Churnin’ Butterick; patterns that is….

Well howdy everybody and I hope you are enjoying this easy Sunday…Of course I am utterly and completely dreading going back to the rat race tomorrow but my sewing room is the BEST way for me to ease back into it…Been sewing so many things but of course no blogging nor pictures…I don’t have an excuse though; just a story (forgive me)….it’s in my plans to share, it is in the plans….This dress forced me to blog it though; the process was quite interesting; check it…..

It all started Sunday July 23, 2017; which I know was another therapy session because of the fresh hell I face weekly with my gig…..I remember that day because I was fiddling around in my sewing space and I couldn’t figure out what to sew…I was binging MadMen on Netflix and that moved me toward my vintage stash… I rummaged I kept running across these “weenie dog” type dress patterns; you know the ones with the super dropped waistline?…yeah,those….now I can’t bear to part with any old school pattern even though I may NEVER sew it and this particular style was filed under that category…..

Fast forward a bit (because I decided to go ahead and sew the style) to the fabric choice being “Coral/Citrus/ White Pineapple Print 100% Cotton Shirting” that reminded it should be washed gently; meh…..The print cheered me up and I went to work with only two yards so I Tim Gunn’d it….Pineapples every damn where!…My kinda party though cause it was wild! LOL…..The pattern is Butterick 3578 Size 16 Bust 36….Extra Quick ‘N Easy pattern with only four main pattern pieces….That’s what lured me in: Only four main pattern pieces….Now I am usually a speedy seamstress but this dress was drawn out until today!…That Sunday I started it I really thought I would have finished it that night but was stopped dead in my tracks because the pattern called for a lining….now I shoulda’ known it was going to need something because there were no facing pieces; just wasn’t thinking like at all….So I take to my stash and find thee perfect lining fabric that’s the same Coral color is the dress fabric….I supposed with all the fabric decisions and huge darts in the dress I got tired and went to sleep…..

Day number two started on Tuesday July 25, 2017….Installed the lining and was reminded of how tedious linings can be—-and more importantly of how necessary they are with certain garments for cool structure and finishes….

Day three was yesterday; Saturday July 29, 2017…..More tinkering with this dress…This UFO doesn’t bother me for some reason and the time span is making me love the dress more….it’s literally SLOWLY becoming one of my faves….I got a new Ott Lite for my space too which is thee perfect addition….it added just the right amount of light without being in the way of my machines…..Went ahead and got a new iron …this time a little cheap-y one; a Sunbeam….it has a lotttt of steam though… other one just quit steaming all together….now an iron is quite pointless without steam in my game which is why I put my other one in storage….the new one ” aint all dat” but it’ll do for now….(I’ll probably order my beloved Oliso tonight; my soul is telling me I should LOLOL)…..Anyway I got so far as installing the lining and I quit again….the lining and had a buncha’ hand sewing involved and I wasn’t interesting in any more sewing after that….

Now today was the showdown….I installed the hook and eye!!!!!!! Bahahahahahahahahahahahaha!…that is all I did today for my dress!….I even hemmed it yesterday too; I forgot about that……but it’s done….I couldn’t find my bees wax for the first session of the hand sewing and it was flat irritating….I started digging around in here and finally found it though….Now lets see if I can pull off another one of my MadMen shenanigans……Here’s my new girl —–>:


the pattern of the hour…..


Its kinda pretty yeah?…..we’ll see….








I forgot all about quitting because I had to do the zipper….I put the zip in yesterday too….it was also from yesteryear…..a Talon brand zipper I got from one of my thrifting trips…..It was the perfect size; after I had to look through every single zipper in my possession….this dress, this dress….I better look darling in it!








Need to do a final press and she’s ready to go…..Has anyone sewn anything similar lately?…Ever?….Show me your makes!

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Nichelle Shayne

I sew a whole lot, I buy waaaaayyyyy too much fabric, and I have an obsession with books (especially sewing books and magazines), shoes, and fat quarters (and I don't even quilt)...Bags will always hold a special place in my heart; I still make em from time to time.....random fact about me**the pin cushions on the front page were made by my Mama and me....She made the yellow one and I whipped up the red one.....I can ramble all day about sewing and I feel a good ramble coming on sewwwww I'll stop here (pun intended).....Oh! My name is Christy but all my friends call me Chris!

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