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|Reviewed by:||SavageCoco|| |
|Posted on:||3/25/14 1:44 PM |
|Last Updated:||3/25/14 2:08 PM|
Butterick Pattern Info
|Pattern Rating:||Recommend, with Modifications |
|Review Rating:|| Helpful by 2 people Very Helpful by 13 people |
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|Available for sale on PR: $18.95 (See envelope) Click to Buy |
|Fabric:||Denim [See other projects in this fabric]|
|Pattern Description: Misses' semi-fitted, lined dress with double Princess seams and back zipper.|
Pattern Sizing: 8-16. I cut a 14. I made View A with lots of top stitching.
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? Fairly. Although this is a lined dress, I chose not to line it. Also, they have you put in the lining the hard way instead of the All-in-One neckline-armscye method, which makes for a MUCH nicer finished project. If you make this dress, use the All-in-One method.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I liked the slender lines of the finished silhouette and cut away armscye. I liked that it is sexy but covers my old lady decolletage. I don't have cellulite or crow's feet but I'm convinced someone else has moved in to my chest area because I sure don't recognize it.
I didn't like the too high bust point. You can just about see it in the photo on the pattern envelope. The actual point is semi-flat, with the fullness just above the bust point, thus making the chest poofy as if you're hollow chested. If you stare at the pattern piece, you'll see the curve is above the bust point instead of at the bust point. Next version of this dress I'll fix that on my pattern before cutting.
Also, despite all the pieces looking fairly straight, they're not. There's some subtle curvature in there and by the time you're done, Mae West could wear this dress. It's pretty curvy. I took some of it out when I altered the side seams.
Fabric Used: 27" wide vintage denim found in Grandma's Trunk of Mystery Fabric, laundered several times on hot wash and dry. (It had been in that trunk for over 50 years). There were 6.5 yards of it. Now what do you suppose she was gonna make with all that skinny denim? I guessed this fabric is from the 20-30's as most of the other items in the trunk are from that time-frame.
The denim was a bit ravel-y so I ran the seam allowances thru the trusty ol' Juki EA-605 overlocker. That baby is a workhorse I've had since 1976. Uh oh, I'm aging myself here. That, and all the Dusty Springfield I listen to while sewing . . .
Thread & Needle Used: Gutterman gold buttonhole twist, 3 spools and a Schmetz Microtex Sharp, 90/14. I tossed the needle after I finished this project. That was a lot of top stitching. Here's what I had left.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
Omitted a full lining as I made this for Summer. I made bias binding instead from a very nice mystery fabric found for a dollar(!) at the ASG Stash Sale last year. Actually, if I had lined it, this would have been an excellent choice. It's very soft and doesn't wrinkle. I wash and dried it on hot and it came out like new. It's like something developed by NASA.
Added big patch pockets. Actually I think they're a bit too big but they're in and I'm not taking 'em out.
Inserted an exposed zipper with zipper guard Custom 22" medium weight brass zipper with pull in navy ordered from N & M Custom Zippers, $16.95. Order online, they'll call you the next day to confirm and make payment. Arrived via USmail 3 days later. They're FAB.
Removed a full 1" from the side seams. Either this pattern runs a tad big or I've lost some weight. Oh, PLEASE let it be the latter . . .
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? You know what? I think I may make this again. I think this version came out pretty cute. It's a versatile pattern.
Conclusion: Despite all those skinny pattern pieces, this dress went together fairly fast in terms of construction and top stitching. Sew seam, press open, top stitch. Repeat. I left the side seams for last for fitting. When it came to inserting the zipper, I really slowed down. I used ALOT of Wash Away Wonder Tape (the single most fabulous sewing notion created. Ever.) to hold the zip in place while stitching. I did do a test zip insertion on a scrape first. I highly recommend you do the same to get your Exposed Zip Mojo going.
I think this dress is cute as a button. DH said maybe denim is best left for dungarees. Oh, I see. Now that he's a Husband, he thinks he can start with the snarky comments? Me thinks someone's not getting any cake tonight . . .
If you've made it this far, here's some project pics. Enjoy!
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