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Modified Butterick B6094

On Friday I shared my latest sewing project on the Sew Sweetness blog for Sara’s fantabulous month-long Dress Up Party Review/Giveaway event! I made a modified version of Butterick B6094, which is one of Gertie’s newer vintage-inspired dress patterns featuring super adorable fold-over panels at the back. If you’d like to read the full details on the pattern and fabric, then hop on over to Sara’s blog to read my full post. If, however, you’d like to see what my face looks like the moment a hummingbird tries to attack it, then by all means, continue reading…

Yeah I thought so 😉


Taking my own photos with a tripod/remote and timer has been a lot of fun, and quite humorous at times. Especially when I’m standing on my back porch, minding my own business and taking selfies, when all of the sudden I hear what sounds like the buzzing of an epically gigantic insect in close proximity to my head. I flinched and looked to the sound, fully expecting to be horrified at what might be buzzing a mere foot from my face…


To my extreme relief, I looked up to find the source of the buzzing sound was actually the wings of a hummingbird! He hovered there for a few seconds before flying off, leaving me to laugh hysterically at myself for how terrified I was in that moment (a moment my camera happened to catch perfectly). I can’t stop laughing at my own face! You guys, for a second I literally thought I might be killed by a mutant bee…


Those three photos are in the exact sequence as I downloaded them off my camera, which is a rather solid gold series of shots if I do say so myself. You can thank the hummingbird for this lovely piece of comedic entertainment. I picture the hummingbird had a buddy who dared him to try and scare me all like,

Dude, I dare you to dive-bomb that girl’s face. Yeah look at her, just standing there taking pictures of herself.

(laughing quite hard at the idea)
Yeah okay, watch this!

(dive-bombs unsuspecting sewing blogger)

(returns to hummingbird one, laughing uncontrollably)
OMG Dude did you see her flinch?! The look on her face!!

Yeah Bro you got her good!!!

(literally ROFL)
(high fives all around)


I’m going to regret sharing that photo as soon as someone searches “Butterick 6094 Dress” on Google Images and sees my utterly ridiculous face come up in the results bahahaha! (The things I do for you, Erin!!)


As I mentioned, you’ll read more about the modifications I made to this pattern when you see my full post on Sara’s blog, but the biggest change I made is swapping out the original full circle skirt for a Sewaholic Hollyburn! I LOVE IT. HOLLYBURNS ON EVERYTHING!!!1


Soooooo yeah, more photos and info on my Modified Butterick B6094 dress, here!


p.s. many people asked on instagram about my new bangs and they’re clip-ins! No shame. I love the look of Bettie Bangs but my natural hair is way too fine and wavy to make them work (trust me, I tried once). So what do I do when I want something I can’t have? I go ahead and have it anyway 😉

  • Hi, great post, the dress looks fab!! I have just finished my first version of this dress (after being incentivised on how beautiful your version is!!) Pictures and details at I’d love to know what you all think xx

  • Awesome dress and awesome outtakes! You look so cute in the “Ah, it’s going to eat me!” photos. Plus, I looove the back lapels and buttons ~ such a fabulous detail to add! ❤


    bonita of Lavender & Twill

  • Karen

    I actually laughed out loud, oh my goodness! And I’m still smiling.

    I really like your version of the dress, especially that the print goes well with the design detail in the back.

  • Debora McFearin

    Gorgeous! Love the details and hummingbirds!

  • Seriously pretty! I love the dark buttons against the softer hues of the dress. Everything about this frock is as lovely as summertime itself.

    ♥ Jessica

  • Hehe! Thanks, Alexandra! 🙂

  • Lynn B

    I love the way you take a pattern and make it your own. You alter patterns to fit the unique you, swap out what you don’t like for something different. Sometimes it seems that the world says we should look a certain way or size or age, or just like everyone else in a dress made in a factory. You always give me fresh ideas of how to take a sewing pattern and alter it to fit my style. Please don’t stop.

    • Thank you for such a sweet, heartfelt comment, Lynn. You honestly just made my day 🙂

      I don’t think anyone should apologize or feel guilty for wanting to do something (anything!) their own way. I learned a long time ago that one should be themselves above all things. If something as simple as swapping out some pieces on a sewing pattern makes you feel happier and more “you” then you should most definitely do that, always. I won’t stop 😉

  • Love your dress:) Thank you for sharing the good AND the funny-it made my day!

    • Thank you! I’m so happy to hear my good/funny was appreciated <3

  • If anyone finds these photos from a google search I think they’ll just start following you! Thanks for sharing the silliness and the lovely dress!

    • Haha! What a lovely thought. Well if someone finds my ridiculous face via Google and still wants to stick around, I’d be happy to get to know them 🙂

  • Jennifer Hill

    Bahaha, reminds me of the Dr Who episode with Agatha Christie and the giant killer wasps. Yeah, really. Classic!! Love the dress! Jen

    • Thanks, Jen! I haven’t seen that one but it sounds like a good episode! 🙂

  • So funny! I wanna see a Hummingbird now! xoxo

    • You’ve never seen a hummingbird?!! I guess I take for granted the kinds of wildlife we have in my neck of the world. Here’s a video I found on YouTube. They’re tiny little things, and it’s easy to imagine the buzz sound they make when you see how fast their wings beat! 🙂

  • Sara

    Cute dress and I am glad you survived the attack! 😉