Butterick 6333

02 Jun Butterick 6333

IMG_1770We have a home at Edisto Beach 40 miles south of Charleston, SC. It is a simple and quaint beachfront house which is ideal for R&R or quality time with family and friends. We rent the house when we’re not there which requires us remove all personal items, so I must travel with sewing items if I plan to sew………..

Packing for the beach is unlike any other type of packing, and I’ve been accused of packing too much, but no matter how organized I think I am, something always gets left behind. This trip it was my pattern instructions, my buttons and the seam ripper. With the exception of the seam ripper, this turned out to be a good thing.


Greetings……… we’re wrapping up two weeks of a lovely Edisto stay. By day 11, all assorted friends and family members had left and it was time to sew.

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My pattern is Butterick 6333, a shirtdress featuring a princess seam bodice, sleeve and skirt variations.


A crisp and cool everyday dress was the  goal, and I’ve been craving a new shirtdress. I purchased the black and white cotton gingham at Keep Me In Stitches  in Largo, FL while Julie and I were there in April.

Going at it alone wasn’t too threatening. Sewing without instructions forced me to think through and visualize all of the steps before starting – something I should always be doing rather than blindly following instructions 😉

The pattern is not lined.  I added a cotton batiste lining to the dress after constructing the dress but before adding the front bands and collar.


To do this I placed the garment and lining right sides together and sewed around ONE armscye, then turned the dress wrong sides together.

Next I followed Emily Hallman’s tutorial for sewing a lining to a sleeveless garment. I researched several online tutorials and chose Emily’s based on my construction stage. It worked beautifully!


I lacked the confidence to sew the collar band and collar without instructions. When my Kindle for Mac  formatting failed me with David Coffin’s shirt making book, I found a tutorial by Sewaholic – Sewing a Shirt Collar and Sewing a Collar Band The Shirtmaking Way.

My collar is perfect and this is my new go-to collar construction method! Ironically David Coffin is credited for the construction method. 😊 I’m sorry there are no photos of my collar construction but the tutorial features several. I used muslin for the interfacing of both the collar band and collar and secured it with a glue stick. The tutorial results in a collar that is shaped to the neck and inserted into the collar band after the band is sewn to the neckline.
I  l o v e  this.


The remaining drama included forgetting my buttons.


My husband told me I could take the buttons off of any of his fishing shirts, and so I did. Would you believe the buttons on every shirt were a natural bone – color? It never occurred to me to use this color, but I love these much more than anything I would have bought!


….and now the dress works so nicely with neutrals.

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When I finished the dress I felt it needed a belt, but the few belts sold at Edisto feature fish, shells and various beach motifs…….


Using the 3 inches of fabric cut from the length, I created a narrow tie which works for now.

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Just imagine if everything had gone smoothly…… I’d have a dress with black or white buttons and a ‘good enough’ collar…..


It was also a perfect dress to wear to the US OPEN Women’s Golf Championship in Charleston yesterday.


I guess it paid to be unorganized! Until soon.






  • Kathleen
    Posted at 18:37h, 02 June Reply

    Nice outfit.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 19:27h, 02 June Reply

      Thank you, Kathleen!

  • Roxanne Reynolds
    Posted at 18:47h, 02 June Reply

    It is an adorable dress.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 19:27h, 02 June Reply

      Hi Roxanne! Many thanks for your comment 😊

  • Janine Sews
    Posted at 18:54h, 02 June Reply

    So perfect for the beach! And what is it they say about necessity…? 😉

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 19:28h, 02 June Reply

      Thank you, Janine ~ that necessity thing gets me everytime!!!!

  • Lucy Young Hooper
    Posted at 19:00h, 02 June Reply

    Hi Sarah. Friend of Kathie Bennett’s. The dress you made for her for MS’s wedding weekend was beautiful, and this shirtdress for you is a delight. I enjoy all of your posts. Thanks for sharing the journey with us.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 19:30h, 02 June Reply

      Hi Lucy and thank you so much! The dress I wore to Mary Scott’s wedding will be featured in our upcoming book……………. this is definitely😊

  • Rosalind Clayton
    Posted at 19:02h, 02 June Reply

    As always, absolutely perfect! Thanks for the tutorial links, I will definitely be using them!!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 19:31h, 02 June Reply

      Many thanks, Rosalind! The tutorial links are both excellent 😉

    Posted at 19:10h, 02 June Reply

    That’s an awesome story. I have a beach house in Myrtle which also rents when I’m not there, and have the same issue of having to put everything away for renters. I never thought about bringing sewing along, Love the dress (and anything/everything gingham)!
    BTW: I was catching up on DVR stuff the other day and there you were on Fit 2 Stitch. Great job….I was wondering what exactly you meant by “thread that stretches for knits”? Would that be polyester thread? I had no idea you could sew with a straight stitch if your thread stretches. TY!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 19:32h, 02 June Reply

      I find sewing at the beach so relaxing when I’m alone and away from life’s distractions …………. Yes, the Eloflex is polyester. Many thanks for your comment 😊

  • LuLu Thomas
    Posted at 19:12h, 02 June Reply

    WOW, you amaze me every time you post something. In my dreams, I want to be you. Thank you for sharing your talents.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 19:34h, 02 June Reply

      What a compliment, Lulu! We’re all in this together, you know 😉 Many thanks!

  • Julie Starr
    Posted at 19:29h, 02 June Reply

    You did this gingham proud, Sarah! So crisp and classic. Coincidentally, I, too, sourced Emily’s lining tutorial last weekend while sewing my niece’s graduation dress. I have a shirt or two in the pipeline, so I will check out the collar/band tutorial. Glad you had great beach weather and a good time with the family.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 19:35h, 02 June Reply

      Thank you, Julie! Your collars are always so lovely I assumed you used this tutorial 😉 Can’t wait to see photos of the graduation dress!

  • Susi McCarthy
    Posted at 19:31h, 02 June Reply

    We just moved to a new house and while we’re painting and organizing, I have been looking at patterns to make when I can start sewing again. Our hased 4 new patterns from Style Arc. Can’t wait till they arrive. I want to make one of the patterns in gingham. I love all plaids! Your dress is great and will be a definite plus for the summer. Thanks so much for sharing.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 19:36h, 02 June Reply

      Thank you so much, Susi! Enjoy your new house and good luck with your upcoming sewing 😊

  • Gerhild Turner
    Posted at 19:51h, 02 June Reply

    I love the way the dress turned out and you being so creative!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 20:09h, 02 June Reply

      Thank you, Gerhild! I’m loving the dress – don’t know if I’d use the word – creative – thank goodness for the online sewing world and an accommodating husband !

  • Bronwyn David
    Posted at 19:52h, 02 June Reply

    “Dolphin” 😁. A sleek, elegant, smart creature – like the lady on the beach!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 20:10h, 02 June Reply

      Many thanks! Dolphins just make me smile😉

  • Jean
    Posted at 19:55h, 02 June Reply

    You make it look so easy! Somehow I get stuck between finding a pattern and fabric that go together.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 20:11h, 02 June Reply

      Thank you, Jean! Maybe enjoyable rather than easy??? 😂😂

  • Jeff Laskowski
    Posted at 19:57h, 02 June Reply

    Very nice and, of course, you wear it well!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 20:12h, 02 June Reply

      Many thanks, Jeff 😊

  • Linda
    Posted at 20:28h, 02 June Reply

    Hi – very nice dress, as usual! I have some fabric from kaffee fassett which I guess is supposed to be quilting cotton, but I can’t resist their beautiful fabric, and would like to make a skirt. How should I line this? Should I do it the same as you did for your dress, ie: sew it right sides together except for the bottom, and the attach the waistband? What about the pockets? Sorry for the stupid question, but I have never sewn a lining……thanks for your suggestions, LInda

    • Alania Sheeley
      Posted at 01:11h, 03 June Reply

      I line all my skirts. For the most part, construct the skirt and the lining. Quilting cottons tend to be heavier than other cotton fabrics, so there typically isn’t any show through. I treat the lining like a slip; right side of slip next to wrong side of the skirt. Baste the two together at the top; hand finish the lining around the zipper (if there is one). Apply the waistband; hem separately. Hope this helps.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:19h, 03 June Reply

      Alania gave you excellent advice and she is an excellent sewist!
      Thank you Alania 😀

      • Linda
        Posted at 09:37h, 03 June Reply

        Thank you both … I will try it!

  • Karen Helm
    Posted at 21:23h, 02 June Reply

    Great dress, Sarah! And what a fun debut for it at the Open!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:20h, 03 June Reply

      Thank you, Karen! Summer dresses just might be my favorite garments to sew 😊

  • Jennifer Marie Shaw
    Posted at 22:34h, 02 June Reply

    What a great save with the buttons and the collar directions! It is a perfect summer dress. How was the Women’s Open? My SIL plays golf with my brother up in Western Massachusetts. They both have played for quite sometime.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:22h, 03 June Reply

      Many thanks, Jennifer! The tournament was great fun and worthwhile. Bravo to the Charleston Country Club for hosting the event so successfully 😊

  • Sandra Woods
    Posted at 23:35h, 02 June Reply

    Lovely dress. Looks fabulous.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:22h, 03 June Reply

      Thank you, Sandra!

  • D'Anne Bonaparte
    Posted at 00:19h, 03 June Reply

    Fun story and super-cute dress! I have David Coffin’s book on Kindle, too. Sometimes I wish it was a glossy-printed coffee table book I could put my hands on, like the trousers book I was given for a few birthdays ago. All’s well that ends well, though, as far as this project turned out. Those buttons are actually perfect!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:25h, 03 June Reply

      D’Anne ~ I’m not sure why Kindle’s formatting is so strange for this book but I cannot use it 😩 However, you’re right and the results are good! Many thanks for your comment.

  • Alania Sheeley
    Posted at 01:12h, 03 June Reply

    Love your dress. Thanks for the helpful links. I am always on the search for better ways to do things.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:26h, 03 June Reply

      Thank you, Alania! After seeing your clothes, I assumed you knew the best method for everything sewing related 😊

  • Rianna Brown
    Posted at 05:48h, 03 June Reply

    Amazing what a sewist will do when “sewn” into a corner, and determined to finish a garment! Looking chic as always Sarah!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:27h, 03 June Reply

      LOL – I suppose I was determined 😉 Many thanks, Riannna!

  • Lorraine Muir
    Posted at 07:28h, 03 June Reply

    OUr family has rented a house in Edisto Beach for the past 2 years – it is so relaxing. I have considered that it would be great to take my sewing machine with me – but that beach is so inviting! Loved the dress and the lining tips. I will check out your recommendations.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 09:31h, 03 June Reply

      Thank you, Lorraine! It’s a great beach, and I do not sew if my family is there too 😉

  • Laura Casey
    Posted at 10:05h, 03 June Reply

    The buttons from your husbands fishing shirt is priceless! Thanks for the sewing resources too. Lovely make, now I want one!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 21:26h, 03 June Reply

      Many thanks, Laura! I think those buttons are the best! You must make one 😊😊

  • Beth (SunnyGal Studio)
    Posted at 11:51h, 03 June Reply

    super cute! gingham is everywhere this summer, I have a few pieces and need to make something 🙂

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 21:24h, 03 June Reply

      Gingham is truly everywhere, Beth! Look forward to seeing your gingham projects😊

  • Eleanor Pollack
    Posted at 15:22h, 03 June Reply

    Perfect summer shirtwaist! The story of your process, forgotten items included, was a good reminder that often the workaround is the better answer. Thanks for this post. It’s not a pattern I would give a second look at based on the photos, but it might just be the answer I’ve been looking for. Wishing you well… Good news has been the order of the day for me of late.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 21:23h, 03 June Reply

      Many thanks, Eleanor! Delighted to hear you are receiving good news 😉

  • Laureen Larrison
    Posted at 08:56h, 08 June Reply

    Ok, so now I need that pattern! And some fabric! Love it as always!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 19:00h, 10 June Reply

      Oh yes, I’d say everyone needs this pattern!…… and more fabric of course 😉

  • Pamela
    Posted at 12:19h, 10 June Reply

    What a great dress! I love the princess seaming too. One spring my mother in law started 3 little dresses for my granddaughter and 2 of her cousins and then left for the summer leaving them with me to finish up. They all used variations of the same pattern and fabrics but the only instructions she left were in Spanish! I had my Spanish neighbor who didn’t sew calling her mother in Puetro Rico to (somewhat) translate the directions. I did finish them but oy vey.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 19:02h, 10 June Reply

      😂😂😂 The things we do for our children and grandchildren, Pamela! Great story and many thanks for the comment.

    Posted at 14:58h, 17 June Reply

    Sarah, I just love your ingenuity!! Bravo – the dress is great : )

  • Robin Plummer
    Posted at 13:15h, 15 July Reply

    Sarah, I just discovered your website and I love sewing too! What a great summer gingham dress and the buttons are so perfect and dolphin approved. My sweet daughter in law and her family own a cottage at Edisto Island. The cottage is named “The Rooney Bin” on Myrtle Street. Such a lovely place to enjoy the beach.

  • Rhonda Smith
    Posted at 09:13h, 13 September Reply

    Thank you for sharing the link on how to line a sleeveless dress. I reviewed the instructions on the link but am still confused. Do you know of any YouTube videos that demonstrate this method? I have searched but not found any.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 17:32h, 01 October Reply

      Rhonda – Go to Emily Hallman’s website 😊

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