Monday, April 6, 2009
Blossoms - But No Spring Weather In Sight - B5032
Lately, I have been wanting to sew more vintage patterns. This time it's the simple, but glamorous .Butterick 5032 that landed on the cutting table. I wanted a new dress for the Patoral 32nd Anniversary dinner. Here's my review.
Pattern Description: MISSESâ€™ CAPELET, DRESS, OVERSKIRT, CUMMERBUND SASH AND BELT: Lined to edge capelet, darted at shoulders, collar and button closure. Fitted dress, darted bodice, waistline seam, square faced neckline, pleated skirt front with back zipper closure and back slit. Gather waistline overskirt, contrast hem band with back zipper and button closures. Cummerbund sash with front tucks and gathered drape. Belt with purchased buckle.
Pattern Sizing: AA(6-8-10-12), EE(14-16-18-20). I made the dress and belt, size 14 with adjustments. I thought the cummerbund sash was ultra cute, but I didn't have enough fabric for it.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? It would have looked like the drawing; I accidentally cut the front skirt "not" on the fold. But it worked to my advantage because it created a slimming affect. And that's always a plus ;-). NOTE: The skirt appears to taper more as it reaches the hem line. But the pattern did not. I ended up slimming it down a bit to look more like the view on the envelope. It could be me, though, as my hips are more narrow than I'd like them to be.
Were the instructions easy to follow? No problems there. I added a lining so some of them didn't apply to my version of the dress.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I like the form fitting the style. I liked the cummerbund sash as well. No real dislike.
Fabric Used: I purchased the polyester ??fabric?? from Vogue Fabric over a year ago. The lining came from Hancock. They were having a sale on lining about two months ago. So I bought several yards of various colors.
Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made: I made a few:
-My usual FBA - didn't take pictures this time. But the standard adjustment for a one piece bodice pattern.
-I eliminated the front and back facing. Instead I cut lining of the front and back bodice and followed the instructions were applicable.
-Also lined the skirt. You can easily follow any pattern instruction for attaching the lining to the skirt slit.
-Taper the skirt as I reached the hem of it. It created a slimming affect as well as copying the view on the pattern envelope.
Without the Belt
Belt Buckle from JoAnn's Fabric. Purchased package of three.
Fashion Trend: Neutral
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I probably won't sew it again for myself. I have many, too many more patterns to try. I like it, but will skip on making it again.
Conclusion: If you like vintage, this is a nice pattern to try. It's relatively easily to sew, and I would recommend it to beginners