I love this dress! I completed it with no issues. The pattern includes alternate pieces for different cup sizes. This is the finished dress with extra pics of the fabric and the next fabric on the cutting room table.
Fitted dress w/princess seams and purchased belt
16 (I cut the pattern pieces for a D cup)
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes! I was very pleased about that!
Were the instructions easy to follow?
They were easy to follow and the details at the neck and armhole were easy as well.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I love the finishing at the neckline and the front opening. Bias strips were used to finish the neck and armhole. It was a very nice touch to the finished garment.
I used a linen blend, floral print. I was a bit worried once I cut it out that the flowers might be too much, but I'm pleased with the final product.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I originally pin fit the pattern and cut one inch seam allowances. I found it unusual that Butterick would include alternate pattern pieces for C and D bra cup sizes, but was gratefully surprised! As it turned out, my side seams were eventually 1 1/2 inches. So, I might have been able to cut a 14 (D cup) as well. The 16 was safer!
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Absolutely...yes to both questions!
Great pattern and I look forward to making it again in another print or solid!!!
The fabric below is the next one on the cutting room table.... I'm thinking of making the dress again in this fabric, but I haven't decided....
Butterick 5638 is on tap.... I'm shooting to complete it by this weekend. I have two linen-like prints for the dress. If the first goes well, I'll whip it up again in the second print. The pattern includes alternate pieces for C and D bra cup sizes. I think that's FABULOUS--whoo hoo!!! I hate making the FBA. So far, Dress #1 has been my favorite. Dress #3 is almost complete. I still need to finish the hems at the bottom and armholes. I enjoy working with the knits, but I'm still finding my rhythm regarding alterations and some of the finishings. I made the FBA on all of the knits so far, but it seems I may not need to do that. I have Vogue 1250 on the to-do list.... I won't be making the FBA for that one. I'll post pics of the fabrics and finished garments soon!