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|Butterick: 5915 (Misses' Dress) - Type:Dresses |
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MISSES' DRESS: Semi-fitted, lined dress (close-fitting through bust) has upper front pleats, upper back extending to upper front, no shoulder seams, left side inset, and invisible, right side zipper. A: upper left sections and cap sleeves, cut-in-one. B: shoulder strap.
I made view A which is the lined dress with a contrast sleeve that wraps around to the back. I should also note all views include contoured darts on the back which isn't noted in the pattern description.
A5(6-8-10-12-14), E5(14-16-18-20-22). I made a size 12 and am so glad I did. I normally use a 14 in wovens (I'm 36-31-39) and a 12 in most knits so I looked over the finished garment measurements printed on the pattern pieces and knew right away to go with a 12 which technically put it right at my measurements for bust & waist (so no ease). This was wise as with my poly ITY knit, it fits perfectly if not a tad loose in places so very glad I sized down. I certainly didn't want it to be too revealing/snug so I was a little nervous, but this wasn't the case at all.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, only better as you can see inside the side vent area that you can't see inside of on the envelope. I think this is a neat part of the design so I included a picture of this area as Butterick doesn't show it well except on their website.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes. The only things I really didn't like about them and altered was the recommendation of a narrow hem at the neck edge of the contrast sleeve and the hem instructions. I initially scoffed at doing a 1/8" hem on the contrast sleeve on poly ITY (they have you sew at 1/2", trim and turn under and hem) however it ended up doing really well and looked nice with this type of flutter-esque sleeve. I was glad I didn't alter this although I was certainly tempted! = )
I should also note I can't comment on the zipper instructions as I chose to eliminate this element given my use of stretchy poly ITY knit and stretch tricot lining.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
- Love the pleat detail at the shoulder and the contrast on the other shoulder
- I really, really love the side inset under the contrast sleeve. It looks really neat and is a surprise element of this dress in a way
- I personally like the length of this as drafted (I'm 5' 6" for reference)
- Contoured darts in the back make the fit excellent
- The only real knock I have with this pattern is that there seemed to be a little extra fullness on the back shoulder on the side that has the pleats in the front (right shoulder back). I noticed quite a bit of ease when joining it to the contrast sleeve after aligning all the indicators/markers. It just seemed like it was drafted with a little too much fullness there, and I don't care for how it lies through that area on the back even after adjusting it slightly. If I make this view again, I might adjust some of that out.
A polyester ITY knit from Fabric Mart Fabrics for the main dress, a black poly ITY from JoAnn Fabrics for the contrast sleeve and a nylon beige tricot from Fabric.com for the lining.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
- I eliminated the zipper from this. I'm shocked they had one on this dress however if you use something with limited stretch then you might need it.
- I really don't like a narrow edge hem on a neckline, so I opted to instead cut a strip of crossgrain self-fabric binding. I ended up sewing it on and flipping it underneath and coverstitching the hem. I made it 75% the length of the neckline so it would pull in and lie nicely with my stretchy fabric, and it did really well.
- I didn't like their hem instructions so I folded under the generous 1 1/2" hem and coverstitched a deep hem, opting also not to hem the lining as I didn't want a ridge underneath my skirt where the hem was. The lining was short enough even with the hem on the dress to still stay put underneath even though it was supposed to have a 1" hem.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
This is a great little sleeper pattern. I had it in my newer stash (how sad it hadn't officially been filed into the "old" stash!) and was happy to take the plunge and make it up for my anniversary night out (#14) with DH coming up this week. I would highly recommend this dress just make sure you check the finished garment measurements ahead of time to get the right sizing (eliminating ease) as I believe this is key. I don't know that it requires a lining as it isn't as clingy as I thought it might be however it's a nice touch and easy enough to do. I definitely have to sew up one of the other views as well on this pattern as they are also cute!
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