Welcome to America

May 17, 2014


That’s it, after several months waiting and doing endless paperwork, I finally left Paris and moved to the United States. So since I now live in a place where the weather is wonderful and there are beautiful backgrounds for taking pictures, I can show you my new dress…


And the fabric of this dress is quite appropriate for the United States! Just like for my Atomic dress, it’s a Michael Miller fabric, this one called Star Struck. I don’t know how tasteful it is to wear it outside of the 4th of July, but whatever, I love it, and the Sew Dolly Clackett challenge definitely removed all my doubts about large scale patterns and quilting cottons. The fact that the dress pattern is adorable does help 🙂


It’s a Butterick pattern, the B5984, which features a princess seamed bodice, a huge circle skirt, and bands at the neckline which create a really cool collar that repeats in the back.


So, to be honest, I don’t have much more to say about the making of this dress, and for a good reason: I did not make it. It was sewed… by my boyfriend!

But, Camille, does your boyfriend also sews?

That’s the thing, he doesnt! While I was stuck in France waiting for my visa and he was patiently waiting for me in the US, he took secret sewing lessons, and when I saw him at the airport he was waiting for me with the dress in his hands and a huge smile on his face.



I know you’re already all jealous, so I don’t want to brag too much, but honestly, this dress is AWESOME. He had never touched a sewing machine before, and for his first experience he tackled a pretty difficult pattern, with a collar, sleeves, a zipper… and the bodice is entirely lined! Not to mention that it fits perfectly, though he did not have my measurements, only whatever information he was able to find stalking this blog…

I am so so proud of him!! And mostly… I’m going to have twice as many dresses! Ouiiiiiiiii


Liberty dress
Butterick B5984
Size 10
Michael Miller fabric
… made by my boyfriend! 


  1. Melwyk

    - May 17, 2014

    That is amazing! Super dress and what a wonderful story — and a wonderful boyfriend! I wonder how many women will be sharing this blog post with their significant others this week… 🙂

  2. mokosha

    - May 17, 2014

    oh my! what a fantastic story and what a beautiful dress that is!

  3. Bella

    - May 17, 2014

    That is SO impressive!! What an achievement for your boyfriend! Making and lining a dress with collar, sleeves and zip is a pretty big deal for an experienced sewer, let alone a complete beginner! Plus the fit is incredible! Looks amazing.

  4. ellebougies

    - May 17, 2014

    Your boyfriend is the BEST. This is the sweetest thing ever. And that dress is amazing. Well done, him!

  5. Sarah

    - May 17, 2014

    Wow! Best boyfriend EVER!!! I am totally blown away by his devotion and his awesome sewing skillz!! I would wear this dress everywhere!!

    Congratulations on your new home!

  6. Naomi

    - May 17, 2014

    This is just stunning! It suits you perfectly. My boyfriend has hemmed one of my circle skirts, not made an entire dress though 🙂

  7. Sally

    - May 17, 2014

    WOW!!!! That is an AMAZING boyfriend you have! This dress is stellar 🙂 I’ve been feeling the same way about quilting cottons / printed dresses since the Dolly Clackett sewalong and it’s like I can’t get enough! Enjoy wearing it in the USA!

  8. Sarah

    - May 19, 2014

    Oh my goodness! If there’s ever a sign that two people were meant to be together!! Of course I am also super jealous, the nearest mine gets to sewing is critiquing the Sewing Bee contestants!!

  9. Camille

    - May 21, 2014

    Thanks for your lovely comments! Especially because after reading them, he’s now so proud that he might even make me another one 😉

  10. The Nerdy Seamstress

    - July 9, 2014

    This is a beautiful dress and your boyfriend is amazing for taking sewing lessons and making you this dress. I mean seriously, I don’t think I could have sewn that after my first lesson! Bravo!

  11. Odette & Mitch

    - July 25, 2014

    Love the story, love the dress ♥

  12. Meg

    - July 25, 2014

    welcome to america… and wow, what an awesome boyfriend!!!

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