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Posted on:3/17/14 10:53 PM
Pattern Size:Plus-Sized Regular 
Project Photo:Butterick: 5986 by sfshaza

Butterick: 5986 by sfshaza  Butterick: 5986 by sfshaza  
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Butterick Pattern Info
Review Rating: Helpful by 1 people    Very Helpful by 7 people   
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Fabric:Slinky  [See other projects in this fabric]
Pattern Description: Very loose-fitting, pullover dress has right and left extending into collar and drape (tacked at hemline), no side seams, and partially elasticized hemline. Right and left sides are cut on crosswise grain. A: self-bias armhole binding. B: stitched hem on sleeves.

Pattern Sizing: 8-24

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Pretty much.

Were the instructions easy to follow? The instructions were really good! (And you really need them for the hem.) Definitely mark all the hem markings that are labeled with the letters A through H!

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? The wonderful, draped hemline!

Fabric Used: A slinky knit.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I narrowed the shoulders by 1.5". This is a bit tricky in a design where there are no shoulder seams or side seams - the armhole is just a hole cut into the pattern piece. I narrowed it by moving the hole UP (toward the collar/neckline) by 1.5".

I made a size 16, but the fit through the torso will really large. I scooped about 2" out from the CF seam below the bust line. I then took two very generous tucks at the side waist where a side seam would be if there were a side seam. In all, I removed about 18" from the torso and I like the closer fit much better. (Especially on my busty frame.)

I also narrowed the sleeve hem by about 2".

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I might sew this again, though I think I would make a much smaller size so there is less volume through the torso. The dress is really comfy and the hemline is really fabulous!

Conclusion: With my fit changes, I like this design! More on the blog.

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Tina Rathbone said...
Just bought this: did you use an actual slinky knit? I have heard they are uber-difficult to work with. This madeup just great: you look fab, as always!
3/18/14 1:25 AM
AnneM said...
Nice dress, and I love the print on your fabric.
3/18/14 6:46 AM
Danvillegirl said...
This truly suits your style. Great job in fitting this!
3/18/14 6:56 AM
Dellia45 said...
Very nice dress.
3/18/14 10:42 AM
MrsCharisma said...
OF COURSE you knocked this out! Love the look!
3/18/14 10:48 AM
Barbara V said...
sfshaza, Very wonderful. How did you ever figure out how to alter this pattern??? It is interesting the amount removed from the torso for a closer fit and yet it still looks comfortable. Super job. Enjoy wearing!
3/18/14 1:49 PM
Lagolden2 said...
Amazing- the style and fabric choice compliment your body. This is a win and well done dress.
3/20/14 4:41 PM
LoriMinnesota said...
I just bought this pattern! You have inspired me and now I can hardly wait to make it!
4/8/14 3:40 AM
Leslie Bonner said...
Love this dress on you - enough to even attempt it.
7/8/14 8:09 PM
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