Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Were the instructions easy to follow?
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I liked the girly frills on this pattern. I don't usually buy Butterick patterns but the style of this caught my eye.
The black fabric is a cotton/polyester/lycra blend with a rough texture. It's a bit heavier and stretchier than a cotton. The trim is a red cotton with white polka dots. The cap sleeves are lined in red polyester lining.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I followed the pattern for the most part and just made one variation – the ribbon tie is supposed to be made from two lengths of fabric, one longer than the other so that it can wrap around the waist and tie at the side front. I didn’t have enough fabric to cut these (I’m forever running out of fabric!) so I salvaged two satin ribben ties from an old skirt and attached these. They were equal length so I had to tie them at the back instead of the side but I like the touch of satin. It adds to the elegance of the dress.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes. I really want to make this in a white lightweight cotton as a summer dress.
What really surprised me about this dress is how heavy it is! The front panel is entirely faced and interfaced with vilene. This helps to weigh it down and stop it from blowing open in the wind but you really notice the weight when you put it on. That’s why I call it a coat dress. It’s also pretty low cut. I usually put a black or red vest underneath. I also added a few snap fasteners to the front panel for safety. With these in place I feel comfortable wearing it.