Fit and Flare Brown Bows Dress

Spring is almost here! What better way to start the season than with dress.  By now I’m sure you’ve noticed that my favorite thing to make is a dress. Last month I decided to “line them up” for the Spring/Summer sewing party that I scheduled with myself.  This is a solitary event that I planned for myself in hopes of getting back to spending more time in my sewing room.




This is the second dress posted for the March.  The fabric is another lovely fabric purchased from, brown bows printed on a cotton.  It is a lighter weight cotton sateen, great for everything from summer dresses to curtains.  This sateen has a smooth hand and a crisp drape.  No trouble sewing or pressing it.

I decided to pair it with Butterick 6280.  The fit and flare silhouette is a great style to show off the crisp drape of the fabric.  Because it is transparent when held against the light, I lined it with a crisp polyester lining from my stash; also I like the durability, comfort, and luxury that linings add to a garment.

Butterick 6280 is easy to make and is described as misses/misses petite dress semi-fitted through the bust, has princess seams, side front overlapped at the neckline, side pockets, and back zipper.  B.  Front and back overlays.  I made view B, no contrast, with modifications using sizes 14 and 16.

There was nothing confusing about the instructions.  I like the neckline, princess seams and the fit and flare silhouette.  I plan to make a few more dresses with the same basic style lines.  I don’t have any dislikes.
I made some of my usual adjustments:

  • FBA
  • Swayback
  • Lengthen sleeve by 1″
  • Lengthen dress by 2″


  • Lined the dress
  • Added Hug Snug to the hem of the sleeves and dress.  Love this stuff.
  • Inserted an invisible zipper instead of a regular one.

This dress turned out well.  After making all the pattern adjustments, I’d like to make at least one more of the views.

I know it’s not spring yet, but I already wore the dress.  For almost the entire month of February and the beginning of March, we had “Spring” like weather; 50-60 degrees and rain.  Unfortunately, winter returned with freezing temps in the 20’s with about 9 inches of snow on Tuesday.

Anyway, I think I’m off to a good start with building a new spring/summer dress collection.

Happy Sewing!





  • Ann T
    March 16, 2017

    Your dress is beautiful and looks great on you. I found your review of the fabric and pattern instructive and helpful. Thank you.

    • Cennetta
      March 17, 2017

      Much appreciated, Ann.

  • Peter
    March 16, 2017

    Just gorgeous and I love the vintage feel of that bow print. Happy (soon-to-be) Spring!

  • Allison
    March 17, 2017

    You look so sharp! Just beautiful!

    • Cennetta
      March 17, 2017

      Thank you, Allison.

  • Fiona
    March 18, 2017

    This shape and print are lovely on you Cennetta!

    • Cennetta
      March 25, 2017

      Fiona, thank you.

  • Amanda S.
    March 21, 2017

    Pretty! This is a great silhouette for you. You can never have too many dresses. 😉

    • Cennetta
      March 25, 2017

      Thanks, Amanda. Never too many dresses

  • Anya
    March 24, 2017

    What a lovely, flattering dress you have made! If I had seen this fabric on its bolt, I doubt I would have been able to see its potential. It takes a good eye to make a larger print work.

    • Cennetta
      March 25, 2017

      Thanks, Anya, I love prints.