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Finished: Butterick 5606 Dress

I sewed a dress from the pattern with which I made the Young Miss’s red tunic.

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Pattern Description:
Pullover dress is close-fitting at the bust, has slightly flared skirt and drapes extending into tie-ends with raw edges, wrong side of fabric will show. May be worn forward or backwards. Wearing instructions are included.

Pattern Sizing:
I used size XXL.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes this time.  I still didn’t make the wrap.

Were the instructions easy to follow?
I didn’t use the instructions.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I still like that this is an incredibly simple pattern.

Fabric Used:
A 4-way stretch from the stash. I’d bought it from Gorgeous Fabrics a while back.

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made:
I added 4″ to the length, then hacked it off again.
I also removed a 2″ wedge from the front armhole on each side.
Finally I used fabric for neck and armhole bindings.
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Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I would recommend this super simple 2-piece pattern to others.  I look better in things with more waist definition.

Or as the Young Miss put it, “this dress looks like a shapeless sack.”  Thank you, YM ;).
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Finished: Butterick 5030 Wrap (House) Dress

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And here we have another item that has been complete for months. When we first moved, I thought it would be good to have a housedress. I took all the fitting work I’d done out for a test drive with Butterick 5030.

Pattern Description:

Flared, wrapped dress, below mid-knee has semi-fitted bodice, front band or collar, sleeve variations. A: contrast bands and belt. B, F: purchased belt. C, D: self fabric belts. E: cuffs and single layered sash.

Pattern Sizing:

I initially made a size 22, based on the pattern envelope.   That was MUCH too large.  I had to do a lot of cutting down of the muslin pieces to get a wearable product.

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

For the most part,  yes.

Were the instructions easy to follow?

I didn’t follow them.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?

I like that the pattern is for a woven wrap dress & that the pattern has so many views.

I dislike the sizing. I originally made 5030 based on my measurements from the pattern envelope,  = disaster.   Next time, I also need to raise the armhole by 1/2 inch to increase my range of motion and maybe cut down on the sleeve head. This time, I used the bodice adjustments & a skirt from patterns I’d already fitted to get the woven wrap dress look.

Fabric Used:

I used some midweight black stretch woven from the stash.  I had to piece part of the skirt due to scant yardage. But hey, no waste!

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made:

Used the skirt modified from McCall’s 8832.
Used the altered bodice from Butterick 4976.  When I made 5030, it was just huge.
I raised the neckline 2 inches. Then I had to take a (fairly large) tuck in the right front bodice to eliminate gaping. That could be due to the fabric stretching while being handled.
I also added snaps at the waist to keep it closed. Then I added 2 hooks and eyes to keep covered. 1 hook and eye set was much too prominent, so I removed it after the first wear. I’m thinking a clear snap.

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Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?

I am pleased with the house dress and will definitely use the fitted pattern again. I would recommend B5030 with modifications.

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