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|Butterick: 5814 (Misses Dress) - Type:Dresses |
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Butterick Pattern Info
|Pattern Rating:||Difficult, but great for Advanced Sewers |
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|Available for sale on PR: $14.96 (See envelope) |
|Fabric:||Silk [See other projects in this fabric]|
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|Pattern Description: |
Dress has close-fitting, lined, boned bodice with right front pleats, inset, pleated drapes, waist stay, semi-fitted, underlined skirt, as left front pleats, lined sleeves, invisible back zipper and slit.
6-22 - My version is a combination of a 16 on top and 18 on the bottom.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, I made no style changes to this dress and both the picture and drawing on the envelope are accurate.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
For the most part the instructions were good. The the constructions is fairly straight forward and there were no head scratching moments. There were two areas where I felt the directions were a little vague, the boning insertion and the waist stay. It was the first time I'd ever done either of these things and I needed a little more detail.
For the boning I rewatched Gertie's bombshell dress craftsy class. Her boning insertion chapter was very clear and I was able to apply those steps to this pattern.
For the waist stay, I read this Gorgeous fabrics blog post. It's important to note that the butterick instructions do not tell you that that waist stay should be your waist measurement. They just assume that you've made no changes to the pattern and should use the cutting guide provided. If I'd done that my waist stay would have been way too lose and then of no use.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I pretty much love everything about this dress. Originally I thought the drape was a little odd but it grew on me and I love it now.
All the hand sewing on this pattern does make it a giant slog to finish. There was a time where I was smacking myself for deciding to make this but in the end it was worth it.
Stashed silk crepe de chine from gorgeous fabrics for both the self and lining.
Fashion sewing supply tricot fusible to increase the weight of the self fabric.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
1. Made all the sleeve changes Gertie blogged about. Also reduced the diameter of the sleeve by 3/8" so that it had a snugger fit.
2. Made several changes to the bodice to eliminate some gaping. I blogged about them here.
3. Shaved about an 1/8 off of the side seams through out the garment.
4. Reduced the CB seam 2" right at the waist seam for my sway back. This change was graded out to nothing as I needed the extra ease across the hips.
1. Added stay tape to the neckline of all the bodice pieces.
2. Used spiral steel boning because featherweight can not take the weight of my bust.
3. Added some overlocking to the skirt edges. I suppose the underlining would have kept the fabric from unraveling but it concerned me.
4. I did a little extra hand sewing on the inside, catching the CB seam allowance to the underlining. Thought it made the inside neater and easier to pull up the zipper.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I wouldn't sew it again only because as a SAHM a closet full of cocktail dresses is the last thing I need. I'd recommend the pattern to others who want an pretty dress with a retro feel. It is a time consuming project but entirely doable for someone with intermediate skills.
I blogged extensively about this particular project. All the posts are tagged with Butterick-5814 if you're interested in seeing the whole process.
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