|Pattern Description: |
1956 fitted dress with boat neckline and deep V back, invisible zipper, flared below-knee skirt, lined bodice top, and princess seams. I made view A.
I measured, cut, and fit a 10 with little alterations.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yep! I didn't put the bows on it, though I think I will put one on. Two just seemed like overkill.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yup! The most difficult part was the neckline. The thick band that goes on it had to cut down to the perfect V, which is really quite hard to do.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I love the fitted darts and seams that run through the rib cage and over the stomach to the hips. It really creates a lovely fit. I also have petticoats I may wear with this next time around, but I love that it still looks great without the petti. I wish it had side seam pockets though
Linen blend for the dress, and kona cotton for the bodice lining. It is for my summer weddings, and I wanted to make sure it was as cool and comfortable as possible.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I only chose not to put the bows on it. I had to take the dress in at the back and side seams because I have a narrow back, but otherwise I found it fit beautifully. Be careful with the under bust seam though; if you have a full bust, it may ride up, so you may need to adjust that down a bit. I think I did about 3/8 of an inch.
I did not sew the hem by hand, I did regular twice turned hem to enclose the rough edge.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
If I had a particular need for this exact dress, sure! It's not one I feel I need in a variety of colors, but it is a great addition to my wardrobe. I may try view B, or do some alterations to A because the neckline is so fun. I put this together in a little over three days while waiting on fabric for my sister's wedding dress to arrive, so it really was quite easy with a really lovely result.
Exceptionally pleased again with the 50s Butterick pattern line. :D