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|Butterick: 4343 (Lined Dress) - Type:Formalwear |
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|Pattern Rating:||Highly Recommend |
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|Fabric:||Silk Crepe [See other projects in this fabric]|
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|Pattern Description: |
Close-fitting, lined, tapered dress, neckline variations, above mid-knee or evening length, has princess seams
6-8-10-12 - started with a 14 took it in so that the waistline and hip line was a size 10.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, with a couple of modifications
Were the instructions easy to follow?
I did read them but honestly it was a simple dress to make. It was my modifications to the dress pattern that made me go my own way from the instructions.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
My niece chose this as the basis of a dress that she wanted for her prom dress.
Silk crepe backed satin from Mood Fabrics.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
Honestly how many pattern alterations do you need to make to a dress for a slim 17 year old?! I added some length because she's tall. That's it!
However, we did make a major design change. She liked the one shoulder look but she wanted a sleeve so I did add a sleeve to the dress. This blog post highlights how I added the sleeve to the dress.
She also wanted the sleeve to have the point and finger attachment that you see in bridal gowns. The sleeve hem and thread piece was totally improvised. I really meant to get back to the garment district in NYC to purchase an actual bridal accessory piece for this. I never made it...work was just too hectic. So I improvised by making my own thread chain and stitching over it. It's just okay but it works because by the time I got to this last thing for the dress, I was so done.
Sleeve with pointed hem
The second change to the dress was adding the lace to the top of the dress. It was an embellished 14" lace trim (purchased from Mood's NYC store) that had to be handstitched to the fashion fabric. I added a silk organza underlining to the top of the dress so that it would hold the hand stitches necessary to keep the lace down.
I also hand stitched the lining into the dress. I made an attempt to sew it in by machine but the lace was embellished with sequins and pearls and the small pearls kept breaking my sewing machine needles. So hand stitching was the best way to solve it. However, I did machine stitch the lining to the dress at the front slit. I did this on the front of the fabric using small stitches. I don't think it was even noticeable unless you were right on top of it looking for it.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I have no need to make this again, however, if you're looking for a great evening gown for yourself or as a special event dress for a young lady, this pattern is a great starting point!
My niece loved her dress. She looked elegant in it which was her goal. I was thrilled that it turned out the way she wanted. You can read all about the construction of the dress, in these blog posts. It was my May Project for the Mood Sewing Network, you can read that post, here.
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