My Vintage Lemon Dream Dress - with Spoonflower Fabrics

by - 5/11/2018

My Vintage Lemon Dream Dress - with Spoonflower Fabrics

Hi pinups! I'm so excited to be sharing this dress with you, for me this project is a dream come to life and it's all thanks to Spoonflower! Last summer lemon print fabric was all I could think about and at the time it just wasn't a print that was easily assessable in fabric shops. Lemon prints have since trickled into stores and this summer it looks like citrus patterns will be on a few people's sewing agendas.

When I got cracking shopping for prints on Spoonflower's extensive collections, "lemons" was the first word I typed into the search bar and I was absolutely spoilt for choice immediately. I was overwhelmed by the amount of gorgeous lemon pattern fabric, from delicate illustrations to sharp and bold digital patterns. I must have looked for hours! I finally settled on one stunning design and opted for a simple vintage style dress pattern as my base to create.

Here's a peek at the pattern:
I've sewn the Retro Butterick B6318 pattern once before and loved it (check out my first post HERE), it's such a simple design and I love the t shirt length sleeves & waist tie. I think this pattern is really flattering for curvy figures like mine and paired with a bold, colourful fabric I hoped this would be a match made in sewing heaven.

The Fabric:

As I had been waiting for a year to own some lemon fabric I knew I wanted a fabric a little extra special. Instead of the usual cotton, I thought that Spoonflower's Organic Cotton Sateen Ultra fabric would compliment the print along with the full skirt of the B6318 pattern. 

The print has come out really well on the sateen fabric and once again the quality is just gorgeous and such high quality. The cotton sateen makes this dress feel a little extra special, but is still easy to wear and I would totally wear this for a nice day out. After all this time lusting after lemons, this dress won't be saved just for special occasions! 

Check out my top tips for shopping at Spoonflower in my first post HERE.

You can see I took full advantage of the sun over May Bank Holiday weekend! The weather was glorious and my lemon dress with a touch of red lipstick made me feel very glam for a Sunday in the sun. I was definitely trying to emulate some Dolce & Gabbana vibes with this dress and I like to think I succeeded a little!

Whilst the fabric is super bold, I still find it very wearable. I think if I had chosen any other sewing pattern I wouldn't have felt the same, but these two are the perfect combination in my eyes.

For me the fit of the B6318 dress is spot on. This time I shortened the waist about an inch for my short torso but that was the only alteration I made. For my figure the loose bust and waist tie work in my favour as I have plenty of room in the bust whilst still being able to pull my waist in to define my shape. Setting in sleeves is also one of my least favourite sewing tasks, so the dolman sleeve design is fast becoming my new favourite.

Sewing Summary:

Notions: 22" invisible zip.

Sewing time: Half a day or more.

Modifications: Slightly shortened this waist.

Fit: Great!

Difficulty: Simple.

Watch out for: Even gathers, there's a lot!

Make Again?: This is my 2nd and I think I see a few more in my future.

The Retro Butterick B6318 dress pattern has fast become one of my favourite ever patterns to sew. It's such a simple design but also easy to fit and to make. The simple pattern combined with this truly stunning Spoonflower fabric make for one show-stopping dress. Lemon fabric has been in my sight for such a long time and this design is certainly worth the wait.

Overall, my lemon dream dress is everything I wanted to create. I just need the sun to come back out so I can enjoy a few more summer days feeling like a citrus pinup!


Don't forget to visit Spoonflower to make your own fabric dreams come true! What designs would you search for? Have you ever shopped with Spoonflower fabrics? I'd love to see your creations!

Thanks for reading, pinups!
Abi xo

Disclaimer: This post in sponsored by Spoonflower.

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  1. this looks amazing! I love the lemons. As you said, the fabric works perfectly with this pattern.

  2. Great pairing of fabric with pattern, You picked a fab lemon print and the dress came out gorgeous - you didn't show us the bow on the back!!