Cotton Stretch Sateen

Baby or bridal shower, garden party or luncheon, I’ve got a blooming dress to wear 🙂


My fabric, a blue/green/white floral cotton stretch sateen is only one of many from Mood Fabrics’ delightful collection of cotton stretch sateens!

With Spring in full bloom, I was craving a bouquet of my own and selected Butterick 6048, View C for its  whimsical cutout shoulders.


What I thought would be an easy sew became quite eventful, but the sateen beautifully held its own against multiple bastings, the frixon pen and a busy seam ripper.

The dress is designed as a pullover (with a center back seam), but after making the initial muslin I decided to add a zipper to avoid excessive wrinkling from pulling it over my head.


I removed 2 inches from the upper width of the sleeve to remedy the gaping without restricting arm and upper body movement.

IMG_0051The pattern described as a fitted dress was quite baggy even after sizing down from the muslin. Since my fabric print was busy, I knew darts would disappear into the design. I added four vertical darts in the bodice; two 11″ in the front  and two 18″ in the back!

Much better 😉


In the end I achieved the look I envisioned, and as a new stretch sateen fan, I pledge to always have some on hand!IMG_0015_2

More sewing details will be on the blog tomorrow, but now I’d like to celebrate the profusion of spring blossoms ~ in every genre 🙂





  • PsychicKathleen
    April 2, 2016

    Beautiful spring/summer dress! I have a few meters of cotton santeen that I just hadn’t decided what I was going to make with it. You’ve inspired me to look more closely at my dress patterns. I’ve always been a little concerned that it would be hefty for a dress but seeing this one on you I needn’t have hesitated! I love those cut-out sleeves. 🙂

    • Sarah Gunn
      April 3, 2016

      Thank you, Kathleen! This sateen is lighter than I imagined it to be. It’s perfect for structured garments or in this case a simple dress 🙂

  • Lori
    April 4, 2016

    Very pretty.

  • Amy
    April 4, 2016

    What a gorgeous fabric! Great save with the added darts. From what I can tell from these photos, they disappear right into the print.

    • Sarah Gunn
      April 5, 2016

      Thank you, Amy! It’s fantastic fabric 🙂

  • Lora Davis
    April 12, 2016

    Super cute:)

  • Fiona
    April 15, 2016

    Love that exposed shoulder look on you and the beautiful colours

  • Mary Danielson
    April 15, 2016

    Gorgeous! You are rocking the cold shoulder look so well.

    • Sarah Gunn
      April 18, 2016

      LOL! I’m not sure about rocking it, but I do like it!!