This is another of those Butterick See and Sew patterns. You can check out my first attempt here. Again, this is one of those patterns that is probably really easy to overlook, but IMO it sews up very easily and very cute! I probably wouldn’t have noticed it either, but it was on display on the fabric stall in the market and view B caught my eye, largely because I liked the look of the tie neck detail.
It is hard to see all the little details on this dress in my busy fabric choice, so here’s the line drawings:
Like I say, I made view B. It has little gathers at the shoulders and along the back yoke seam.
The back neck band does seem to be dipping down a wee bit. Why do you think that is? If I made this again I would need to look at that. And another question: the pattern is described as having a raised waist: what, exactly, is the definition of a raised waist? Where should a raised waist sit? I added an inch to the front bodice but next time round may around a further half inch to get it to sit on my waist; if this is a raised waist should it stay where it currently is? Just slightly above the natural waist? Hmmm?
Anyway, I confess I did frankenpattern this somewhat. I decided I didn’t want the elasticated sleeve openings as per the pattern (I also didn’t have quite enough fabric to cut those sleeves). So I substituted them for some other sleeves that I had from McCalls 6650, which came with a wide cuff piece, which allowed me to get the barrel cuff effect I wanted. (This meant I probably don’t have quite as much fullness in the sleeve head as the pattern indicates). The skirt is also substituted from my lady skater dress.
Loose-fitting, pullover dress has neckline/sleeve variations, yoke with forward shoulder seam, raised waist and stitched hems. A: shaped hemline. B: elastic on lower edge of sleeves. I made view B.
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Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, with the exception of the sleeve finishing. See below.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I like lots! The neck tie detail. The gathering at the (forward) shoulder seams and along the back yoke seam. The ease of wearing this dress, not worrying about it gaping or exposing anything.
Not a lot to dislike really. My only “confusion” is over the position of the waistline. The pattern describes the dress as having a raised waistline. I am not entirely sure what that means?! Where should the waist line sit? I added 1 inch to the front bodice and it still sits about half an inch above my natural waist; next time round I may lengthen the front bodice more.
Some kind of jersey….
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
1 inch sway back and lengthened the front by 1 inch. I decided I didn’t want the elasticated sleeve openings as per the pattern (I also didn’t have quite enough fabric to cut those sleeves). So I substituted them for some other sleeves that I had from McCalls 6650, which came with a wide cuff piece, which allowed me to get the barrel cuff effect I wanted. (This meant I probably don’t have quite as much fullness in the sleeve head as the pattern indicates). The skirt is also substituted from my lady skater dress.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes, I may sew this again. I think it would be fab in a solid colour or a wool jersey. Yes, highly recommend.
This is an easy dress to make which has some great little features which elevates it above other simple jersey dresses.
And give yourself 10 bonus points if you noticed that I cut the whole damn dress with the print upside down!! What a rookie mistake to make. But hey, it’s a mistake I hopefully won’t make again and it hasn’t stopped me wearing the dress twice already….have a great week.