White Butterick shift dress

Four turtledoves…



This Lisette design, B6182, was an unplanned project. I found this lovely white cotton ‘birds & vines’ print for sale in my local Fabricland and decided to buy 1.6 m to make the skirt in this wardrobe pattern. But when I got home I thought — what an interesting dress this would make, even though the dress called for 2.2 m.

Fortunately for me, I’m quite short…and so I laid out the pattern with about 1/4″ to spare both between pieces and from the edges of the fabric. Hurrah! There was even a square left over the in-between spaces big enough to cut two pockets taken from the skirt design, with a bird in the centre of each — with a little bit of moving things around first.



This was quite an easy sew, though I dithered for a full day over whether I should finish the neckline with the bias facing as called for, or finish it by lining the dress with a soft white cotton. In the end I decided that wearing a slip would be effective against the see-through nature of the fabric and just used the bias facing.

I don’t often wear this kind of flared, a-line silhouette, but I really like it. I think when a loose shift like this fits at the shoulders & bust, it keeps it from looking like just an oversized sack!



This is a straightforward pattern, with only 4 pattern pieces – front, back, sleeve band & bias neck facing. Plus the extra addition of the pocket piece, which I stole from the skirt! It sews up easily, and the unusual front bust dart adds a little extra interest, and fitting help as well.

I feel like it’s a dress you could wear to an art gallery…hence the pictures, taken at our local Gallery Stratford, which is currently exhibiting a wonderful show by Connections Fibre Artists which I have really enjoyed. Amazing textile arts!



This dress is also a very last minute make for the Monthly Stitch’s monthly challenge: actually it is doing double duty for this month’s celebration of the fourth anniversary of the Monthly Stitch — it has 4 pattern pieces — and June’s “Put a Bird On It” theme. It suits both!

Hopefully I will get to that skirt, as well, some day…


My Art Gallery shot…


3 thoughts on “Four turtledoves…

  1. Thank you for sharing your dress! I am camping in the redwoods (Northern California) and just in case we accidentally find a fabric store out here, I have noted that I can make your dress with 2 yards of NEW fabric:) I have been avoiding that style of dress because I couldn’t see how to make it hang nicely but yours looks great…..and now I need one, too. It would be perfect to wear in our nasty heat wave too. Good job!


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