|Butterick: 5879 (Misses' Dress and Sash) - Type:Dresses |
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|Pattern Rating:||Recommend, with Modifications |
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|Available for sale on PR: $15.16 (See envelope) |
|Fabric:||Silk Crepe [See other projects in this fabric]|
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|Pattern Description: Lined dress has neckline flounce, fitted bodice variations, semi-fitted skirt and back zipper. A and B: halter neckline, elasticized upper back bodice. B and C: hemline flounce. C: barrel cuffs and purchased belt. Single-layer sash A, B and flounces A, B and C: wrong side shows, and very narrow hems. A/B, C, D cup sizes.|
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?Yes it did.
Were the instructions easy to follow?Yes - they were well written and there is a 1 hour and 38 minute in-depth instructional video on the longer flounced hem version by Professor Pincushion that walks you through it from start to finish. It covers even the most basic sewing techniques and I found myself fast forwarding through much of it.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? The halter back and cut in shoulders are really nice in combination with the soft neck flounce.
Fabric Used:Delft blue patterned Thakoon silk crepe de Chine from Mood Fabrics and Bemberg rayon for the lining.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:The halter neck pieces were overly long and distorted the bust darts somewhat when fastened. I removed approximately 1 1/2 inches from each end. Since my fabric has a busy pattern and the bodice is designed to blouse a little, it's not too noticeable but a muslin is a wise move on this one. A lining color that closely matches your fabric would also be a good idea, since no matter how carefully you slipstitch the lining at the neckline it tries to peek out at the edge of the flounce. The elasticized back is obviously meant to sit lower than I prefer and attempting to wear it higher causes gaping under the arms. I found it necessary to cut the elastic for the upper back edge almost 2 inches shorter on each side and removed a good inch from the center back seam before inserting the zipper.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?One of these is enough but it's a pretty style. I think my previous Butterick dress convinced me that I do like ruffles after all!
Conclusion: A fine feminine frock if you are fond of festooned flounces and don't frown on fiddly fabrics. The toughest part for me was hemming the flounce edges. My rolled hem foot, which I've finally figured out how to use, was useless on the curved edges of the flounces. I wasn't going anywhere near my serger with this silk to attempt a wrapped edge so that left folding and pressing it by hand. Thankfully my busy fabric hid a multitude of sins. Tissue paper strips placed beneath the seams while stitching were very helpful in stabilizing the silk. This was my first experience with Bemberg rayon and I will be using this from here on in when my go-to Kona cotton isn't appropriate. Initially thought I would omit the bow-tie sash and wear it with a purchased belt but I think I will go back and make one after all. Bottom line-the bodice will need tweaking for a good fit so I'll call this pattern fussy but fabulous!
Wearing (in progress)
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