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|Butterick: 5450 (Misses'/Misses' Petite Top, Tunic and Dress) - Type:Dresses|
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|Posted on:||7/16/13 7:09 PM |
|Last Updated:||7/16/13 7:20 PM|
|Pattern Size:||Petite |
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|Fabric:||Cotton [See other projects in this fabric]|
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|Pattern Description: Misses/Petite Top, Tunic & Dress. Sleeveless, close-fitting, lined, pleated bodice; side seam zipper closure.|
Pattern Sizing: Multi-sized 6-20. I used size 6 based on chest measurement. Sometimes, I have to grade up to 8 for the bottom part depending on where the waistline is cut. This pattern allowed me to stay with one size all the way.
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? I thought they were easy to follow but I imagine for a beginner, the instructions are lacking in details. Potential sources of confusion are: part where one has to sew both shoulders together and understitching the lining. There were also no reminders on finishing the edges where necessary (like where the bodice and lining edges will be exposed on the side of the zipper attachment).
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I like the cut. The bodice and skirt are attached at a point higher than the waist and for someone with waistline issues, that is very flattering. I also liked the armhole. It was cut higher resulting in a narrower shoulder width. I like the pleats.
For the dislikes, I didn't like the raw edges left by the skirt darts. Instead of just sewing the darts and pressing to center, pattern instructs to trim the darts and press open. I realized this too late. I also didn't care for the zipper choice. I don't understand why the pattern didn't choose invisible zipper instead. Since one has to go through the trouble of hiding the zipper at the side, why not go all the way and use invisible zipper?
Fabric Used: 100% cotton manufactured by Free Spirit designed by Jennifer Paganelli and part of the "Poodle" line. I purchased this last year after falling in love with the color combo.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I used invisible zipper instead of the regular one. I initially basted a regular zipper but decided the invisible one was more aesthetically pleasing.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Oh definitely! In fact, after finishing the dress last night, I was already dreaming of more fabric possibilities with this pattern. I definitely recommend this pattern.
Here are some close-up pics of the dress.
Pleated bodice front
I posted a lot of detailed pics of the sewing process on my blog post
Finished Seams "Just in Time for this Summer".
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