Butterick 5781: red, white and blue 2-in-1 dress – go Team GB!

Butterick 5781 in patriotic red, white and blue to support our current run of Team GB gold’s – done. I went for a viscose (?) blue and white stripe material for the bodice, red piping, and dark blue denim for the skirt. The pattern was quite straight forward and easy to follow. In fact, this may even be my first Butterick pattern? I am not sure if going for the denim was a good idea…something more fluid may have been better, and also, the piping along the princess seams has caused them to stand out in a rather strange fashion (it’s not my bust, honest!) Would be interested if anyone could tell me if I should have tackled the piping in a different way, or if it’s a fault with the design. But overall, quite pleased with this casual little dress which I can wear in to autum with opaques and a cardigan (with our Cumbrian summer that may even begin next week). As I am trying to improve my standard of sewing I also chose a Hong Kong finish for the denim seams, using a contrasting yellow bias binding. My husband seemed baffled that I would go to such lengths for something no one would ever see, but I will see and know everytime I wear it. And that makes me feel good.

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By day I work in the exciting world of pharmaceutical regulatory affairs, registering medicines (!), but by night I turn in to a sewing diva, making all manner of clothes in my beautiful sewing space (which you can tour using the link at the top of this blog). I love how sewing and sewing clothes that fit my curvy body continually challenges me. I enjoy working with all different types of fabric, and whilst I don't like to put restrictions on myself and say I won't buy RTW, the truth is that I probably rarely do buy it, preferring the fit of my own me-made clothes. I love to use natural fibres where ever possible and colourful coats are an obsession of mine! Sewing is both my addiction and my therapy. You can contact me at sewmanju@yahoo.co.uk

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