My Red Sundress

Added Jul 13, 2012

by Milena Bella

Tel Aviv, Israel






The red sundress was born out of an old fantasy slash memory from my childhood summers. I wanted to feel cotton against my skin and be able to button up the dress easily over my bathing suit.

For the base I used Angela Kane’s pattern, to which I made a few changes mostly in the skirt, which I turned into a flared one and added about 5 inches on each side for the pleats.

I also added the bound buttonholes detail and did an almost invisible – “blind” hem.

You can read all about it in my blog-

Material Notes

red cotton fabric, matching thread, buttons, contrasting while cotton for the buttonholes, white thread, blind hem foot.




Summer, Spring
Garment Type
Beach, Casual, Romantic, Vintage

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    Jul 18, 2012, 05.30 AMby Stringgbean

    Beautiful, so vintage, I love it!

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    Jul 13, 2012, 07.37 PMby Mary Athey

    Super cute dress xx

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    Jul 13, 2012, 06.41 PMby mojo elgin

    Great dress! I’m not sure I have the patience to bind that many buttonholes, but good for you! They look amazing with the red.

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      Jul 14, 2012, 07.12 AMby Milena Bella

      Thank’s! I know what you mean:) but I actually enjoyed the process of “bounding”, it really makes you connect to the garment. It just makes you finish the dress the next day, and not in a couple of hours. I also think an easier version would be just adding white buttons.

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    Jul 13, 2012, 01.57 PMby scuffsan

    Lovely dress! I love that you bound the buttonholes with white, that little detail makes it so much more fun :) Oh, and the buttons are the cutest! I have one red button that is very similar that I haven’t found the perfect project for yet. If only I had a few more ;)

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      Jul 14, 2012, 07.06 AMby Milena Bella

      Thank you! These are retro buttons I got at the local store, sometimes they have nice stuff! A lot of times I almost bought vintage buttons on the web, but I am afraid to be stuck with not enough of the kind I like. My most favorite buttons are the self / contrasting fabric covered ones. This is on my list of to do stuff :)

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