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Pattern Reviews> Butterick> 5181 (Misses Dress)

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Reviewed by:Peacock Chic

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Posted on:6/10/08 10:14 AM
Last Updated:6/10/08 7:30 PM
Review Rating: Very Helpful by 12 people   
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edupraz said... (6/12/08 2:04 PM) Reply
Well, I love the dress, even with all the problems you had with the pattern! I esp. love your yellow shoes with it! :)
ButtonFaith said... (6/11/08 5:02 PM) Reply
I looked at your dress and thought 'wow! that's great!" and then ir ead your review! I was surprised you really didn't like it. I love the border print and think it goes great with that pattern and agree that the cami even adds to the dress. And the shoes! POP! Good job!
carolynw said... (6/11/08 3:16 PM) Reply
I looked at the photo and thought "what do you mean it didn't work for you??" - then realised after I read your review the problems you had - ended up pretty darn smashing is what I say.
li'l miss muffett said... (6/11/08 11:32 AM) Reply
Seriously, my first thought was "Damn! that's CUTE!!!" I'm sorry you don't like it but it look so adorable in the picture.... I'm with you on the gathering, though. I hate gathering.
Heatherrique said... (6/11/08 8:54 AM) Reply
Such a fun and fabulous dress! You are so adorable!
CA Eisenhour said... (6/10/08 11:12 PM) Reply
PC~ LOVE your style, sewing skills and especially your sense of humor. LOVE LOVE LOVE the coat you made too! The dress and coat both look sensational on you! Amazing work with only one year under your belt; you are truly gifted and talented. ~Connie
narcissaqtpie said... (6/10/08 10:14 PM) Reply
hot dress! you look great!
Peacock Chic said... (6/10/08 8:24 PM) Reply
Izzie - OMG you so rock breaking out with the Klingon shoutout! Qa'Pla! Today is a good day to Sew!!! (For all the non-nerdy, non-Star Trek lovin' sewers out there...I am sorry you had to witness this :OP but it may bring more of you out of the Star Trek closet because Resistance is futile. hee hee)

Annette1 - thanks for the height boost. They say age is a state of mind so why not height too, eh?!
Allie in Hong Kong said... (6/10/08 8:23 PM) Reply
You look stunning in this dress, it is perfect for you.
Izzie said... (6/10/08 8:15 PM) Reply
Sorry you were so dissappointed in the pattern but your dress is really cute on you! I'm glad you're keeping it and that fabric really is fab. P'tahk pattern company has no honor! :-)
Gold said... (6/10/08 7:10 PM) Reply
Very cute dress!The fabric is nice.
born2bead said... (6/10/08 6:43 PM) Reply
Yes, I made this same dress and could not believe how low-cut the neckline was! I doubt I will ever use the pattern again either. I think yours turned out really nice though. Love the 2 different fabrics and some may have been distracted by the yellow shoes but I love the "pop" of color myself! All and all it turned out really nice even with the issues that you had!
Annette1 said... (6/10/08 5:03 PM) Reply
I love this review! You have a unique "voice" that's all your own when you write. :o)) As for your dress, I think it looks GREAT, and that fabric just MAKES it. I had never thought about a style like this needing no ease in the bust, but I can see now that that would be right. What PLANET are these people on who are cutting these necklines so low? It's starting to really TICK ME OFF. I don't feel inclined to remake EVERY STINKIN' NECKLINE, so I just won't buy those patterns anymore. :o) In closing, I would only say I figured you for at least 5'6." Heh-heh-heh. Great review and great dress!
kim*brown said... (6/10/08 3:56 PM) Reply
I must say you worked some magic because it turned out fabulous!
mylittleelephant said... (6/10/08 3:20 PM) Reply
You "chucked it back with disdain" to the garbage...very funny and I know the feeling! :-) Still the dress is REALLY lovely and you do look lovely in it, love the way you play with fabric pattern.
Lori V said... (6/10/08 3:06 PM) Reply
The dress looks fabulous on you, thanks for the heads-up on the pattern.
mochalover said... (6/10/08 3:03 PM) Reply
I agree with the others your dress is absolutely fabulous.
KrystalL said... (6/10/08 2:10 PM) Reply
I love your fabric on this! So pretty!
ocotillo said... (6/10/08 1:58 PM) Reply
This looks fabulous on you! I think the pain of sewing it has paid off with a dress that really suits you.
Charlene McGill said... (6/10/08 1:25 PM) Reply
Your dress looks really nice on you.
Peacock Chic said... (6/10/08 1:09 PM) Reply
Thanks for the wonderful compliments and advice on this dress. I definitely kept the dress. I will wear it again and when I get tired of it I will recycle that bottom fabric because I love it so much. I have a bit more too so we shall see what else I can come up with.

JMarie1962 - I guess I forgot to say that I did add a bit of an A-line to the skirt and it is still quite substantial. Guess I should have gone for the brodie and taken more out.

bananaoil - Thanks for the suggestion. I measure 5'2" so the doctors say... I like to say I am 5'3" to 5'4" depending on my mood :O). The bodice length actually fits at a size 16, any shorter and the band would be mid breast. The pattern actually had shortening lines in the middle band but that would not have compensated for the dip. I think this dress was just meant to be va va va VOOOM!
EveS said... (6/10/08 12:34 PM) Reply
Seriously, I hope you only threw out the pattern and not the dress!! :o I really LIKE the dress! Fabulous fabric (I can see how it inspired you). I agree about the gathered fronts (they really are a crap shoot) but this dress is so trendy and cute! Please give it a chance. :)
bananaoil said... (6/10/08 12:11 PM) Reply
I had to see the up close photos to realize you have a camisole under the dress. You're right, a v that deep takes this into evening wear territory. Nonetheless, despite the things you don't like about it, it looks really nice on, I think the fabric choice makes it, those flowers on the border are lovely. I don't know how tall you are, but it occurs to me that v-neck wouldn't be so deep on a woman who's taller than the average 5'4". I know I have had to shorten bodices between top of shoulder, armhole and waistline. Don't forget those length measurements. I think I read somewhere the big four draft for a gal who is 5'6" tall.
CurlyCrafter said... (6/10/08 12:10 PM) Reply
That's too bad about the problems along the way. But what a wonderful job you did perfecting it and making a lovely dress! Well done.
JMarie1962 said... (6/10/08 11:48 AM) Reply
Despite your disappointment with this dress, it really is awfully cute on you. I've been avoiding a lot of the dress patterns with gathers at the front this year as it's been my experience that the illustrations are not true and there is far more fabric than necessary. Next time (if there is one), maybe you could reduce the gathers and make the skirt more A-line to get the look you want? This dress turned out so pretty though! And yes - I too want your shoes! They rock! :)
dbsewer said... (6/10/08 11:32 AM) Reply
Pluck that dress right out of the garbage. It looks really cute on you. In fact, my first reaction was, hers is much prettier than the pattern envelope would suggest.
merteuil said... (6/10/08 11:01 AM) Reply
Great dress. And I love the shoes
MissCelie said... (6/10/08 10:41 AM) Reply
Yes.... but, really. It's so lovely. So lovely in fact that I have added it to my wishlist. I'm sorry it was a PITA and didn't meet your expectation, but it's pretty darn fabulous on you.
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