|Wren demonstrates her new fascination with buttons on the sewing room sill.|
|My little sister and her little guy. How sweet!|
I'm not giving up on the task completely, but I'm not gonna lie- there is much rejoicing when I can avoid it. And that's exactly what I did when I sewed this little sundress for Wren by re-purposing a women's button-down top from the thrift store.
I just took all of those beautiful, perfect, straight button holes and flipped them around from the front of the shirt to the back of this dress. It's a technique I've seen many others use when working with buttoned shirts, and I think it's a dream come true.
I used some pattern pieces from another old pattern (McCall's 3531) to get the sizing right. Then I added a lining to the bodice to give it a more finished look, though I had to fudge it a little bit around that glorious strip of buttons.
I'd originally planned to alter this shirt into a maternity top for myself, but I have to say that I'm totally happy to have forewent that plan in favor of a summer dress for the wee one. It's actually a size or so too big (I used clothes pins to gather at the back for these photos), so I think she'll get plenty of wear out of it.
And I suppose for the sake of my button-loathing little sister I won't be making a matching one for Wren's cousin.