Friends, how dreamy is this little Butterick frock? The ‘T’ or ‘Y’ yoke is divine. I’m not even sure there is such a thing as a ‘Y’ yoke, but it’s not exactly a ‘T’ yoke as I would expect to see. The back is even dreamy…an inverted box pleat. As you can see I’ve stepped out of the sewing room and left the mess behind to have a little e-shopping expedition.
While shopping, I also found this Advance 8218 layette pattern. It’s really utilitarian – which I really love.
The pattern really focusses on all things bed-time for babies; a very practical approach. Notice that there is no embroidery on the garments or sheet turn-down? From a sociological perspective this pattern appears to be marketed to the less financially secure home sewist – the evidence for this conclusion comes from the lack of embellishment and the very practical nature of the garments and bedding.
Additionally, the suggested fabrics are very practical: “flannelette, soft cotton, challis, muslin, terry cloth, percale, plastic lining for panties, tri-plastic beutafilm.” There is an option to not only sew the sacque but to knit it. The receiving blanket is also knitted, but it appears to be a very simple stocking stitch rather than something more elaborate like a patterned shawl.
Folks, I quite like the layette pattern, but it’s the sweet little dress pattern that really floats my boat – a perfect addition to my Grandmother’s Hope Chest. I can imagine it made up in a sheer, mono-colour fabric and some lovely shadow embroidery at the top of the yoke next to both sleeves. Perhaps two pretty little shadow embroidery blue birds or bows?
I have lots of time to explore the right embroidery embellishment for the dress as the pattern is a very recent purchase and won’t arrived for a few weeks yet. Until then, I’ll have to get focussed on finishing the bereavement bears that I am making.