Watercolor Floral Cotton Sateen

It’s clear that I love floral prints.  In recent months I’ve ordered several yardages of bright, bold floral prints.  My favorite, so far, for 2015 is Mood multi- color watercolor cotton sateen.  (Too bad it’s already sold out.)  The colors warm my skin giving me a summer glow.   Mood has a huge selection  of floral prints to pick from if this is not your favorite color.  My dress is completely lined with Mood’s mint -mechanical stretch polyester crepe de chine

I regularly surf  Pinterest looking for inspirational garments.  I found this dress early summer and I knew I’d make a new slim dress to complement my summer wardrobe.

The pattern used is New Look 6322.  It comes in sizes 8 to 18.  There are several things I liked about it:

  •  pleating at the waist giving me a little more shaping through the hip area and minimizes the excess fabric below the bust.
  • the ‘V’ neckline.
  •  the option of a straight skirt or an a-line one.
  • simple to make.

The finish dress is true to the photos and drawings including with the pattern.  My version looks like view D with sleeves.

The construction techniques are standard.  I’ve used similar instructions in other patterns.  So I just glanced over them.  I did fiddle with the pleats and darts until I was satisfied with the location of them.    More on the alterations and changes can be found here.

This dress has good bones, and I definitely will use it again to make one of the other views.  For this dress, the combination of the fabric and the patterns works well for me, and I recommend both to others.

Happy Sewing!



  • Nancy
    August 4, 2015

    Love that fabric – I’m sure you will enjoy wearing your lovely dress

    • Cennetta Burwell
      August 4, 2015

      Thanks, Nancy. My first wear was three weeks ago. I couldn’t wait to wear it, three days after I finished it.

  • Lori
    August 5, 2015

    Very pretty dress with such nice details. I agree this fabric looks amazing on you.

  • Sew Well
    August 11, 2015

    You look gorgeous! You really captured the vibe of your inspiration photo. This dress feels like summer to me!

    • Cennetta
      August 12, 2015

      Thank you, Amy.

  • Fiona
    August 12, 2015

    This is a stunner of a dress on you Cennetta! Such a great shape, I love those waistline pleats. I so nearly bought some of this fabric a while back and now seeing your dress and your inspiration I wish I had!

  • Cennetta
    August 12, 2015

    Fiona, Thanks. It’s a great fabric and I’m glad you like my dress.

  • Julia evans
    August 14, 2015

    Do u always line sateen fabric. I made a couple of pencil skirts and they stretched in the butt area.

    • Cennetta
      August 17, 2015

      Hi Julia,
      I don’t always line sateen. As you stated I have experienced additional stretching in the hip and butt areas with stretch sateen and stretch wovens. For skirts and pants, I stay the waist with twill tape.

  • Diana Deap
    August 28, 2015

    You look beautiful in this dress Cennetta! The lovely floral print really suits you and as usual impeccable workmanship.