April 11, 2011

Sneak Peek #1: Meet Betty June!

We were fortunate last weekend to have a picture perfect day here in Texas for the photography...not too much wind (of which we have had a LOT lately) and just the right amount of sun. We tried one of our local public parks for these shots and I am so happy with the result! I love the Betty June Dress! It is so retro 1940's-50's. This one is named after my husband's late maternal grandmother. She was always such a tastefully dressed lady.

Because Monique was such a hit last spring, I thought I would see what else I could come up with that had a similar vibe. This design features a button closure on the fitted bodice as well as a side zipper to make it easy to get in and out of.  Lots of you were itching for a dress with some sort of sleeve, so here you go! The waist is slightly raised, a flattering position for just about everyone. You can see that there are several ways to finish out the dress...with a small ruffled or plain contrast on the bodice and hem and different belt options. The skirt is about knee length, but can easily be altered to any length.

Notice the option of making the skirt out of 2 1/2" strips. I think this is a great way to use about half of a jelly roll! I just used scraps from the skirt to make the covered buttons. The other variations either have the major pieces in one fabric or a contrasting bodice. As usual, I am offering lots of ways to use several prints in a collection...one as a main focus with the others as accents.

Betty June is dressy and feminine without being too fussy. This design will be available for sale in early May. We will be sure to send a shout-out as soon as we get the pattern listed on the website.

Stay tuned, another great dress is up next! Until then, Happy Sewing, everyone!