|Pattern Description: Misses'/Misses' Petite Dress and Belt: Dress A, B have collar, detachable dickey, fitted bodice, waistband, pleated skirt and belt. B: Semi-fitted skirt, back hemline vent and top-stitching.|
Pattern Sizing: B5 [8, 10, 12, 14, 16] I used a 12 bodice and originally cut a size 14 skirt, but ended up taking it in, so it was probably a straight size 12.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes!
Were the instructions easy to follow? The instructions are not great. There are quite a few steps written out that have diagrams next to them that are missing steps that are described. And quite a few steps are skipped over. A beginner might have some issues following along.
That being said, there is nothing extremely difficult about the pattern if you have a bit of sewing experience or a handy sewing reference manual handy.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I love the pattern illustration, but the mock-up that that Butterick produced looked terrible on the model, so I had second thoughts after purchasing the pattern.
*Cotton twill with embroidered flamingos!
*Cotton used for interfacing and facing
*Hug Snug seam binding
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: My standard addition of 3/4" to the torso length was easy to accomplish.
But I knew that I wanted to add some contrast to my fabric, so I actually read through the instruction before starting. (This is something I should always do, but often skip over.)
I added piping to the top edge of the dickey, so it was necessary to cut the pattern piece in half and add a seam allowance.
One thing I found strange about this pattern is the button placement. A belt is included and shown with both views, so I assume it is meant to be worn with the dress. But the pattern has a button placed directly where the belt sits. What the heck?! Why would you want a button bumping up against a belt? It also covers the button and makes the three remaining buttons look oddly spaced.
With the addition of 3/4" length, I placed the second button on the bodice and closed the waistband with a hook & eye.
Speaking of buttonholes, I substituted bound buttonholes and started their construction before putting the rest of the dress together. There are two buttonholes on the dickey, which I made with my machine, which is another story.
The belt was cut in two separate pieces, instead of using the one pattern piece, so I could add the piping.
And piping was added to the collar edge and front opening above the waistband.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I just may have to make a wool tweed version of this dress. When I first started, I had a strong feeling that this was going to be the only time I used this pattern, but it really is fun to wear.
I would absolutely recommend this pattern!
Conclusion: I am so glad I waited to find the perfect pattern for this fabulous flamingo fabric!
More picture and info may be found over on my blog, Lilacs & Lace.