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: MISSES’ 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

35 comments:

  1. Wow! This dress fits you like a glove! I love the fabric and your matching buckle. Just gorgeous.

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  2. Beautiful dress and you look gorgeous as always.

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  3. That dress is perfect. Perfect fabric choice and perfect fit.

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  4. Elegance all the way! You remind me of another tall, beautiful and fashionable African-American woman . . . any guesses?

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  5. You look absolutely stunning! And the dress is pretty too.

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  6. Stunning dress,stunning color.

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  7. This is gorgeous! The style is very flattering and the colour is beautiful on you. I really like this dress. It's a great style and you can do so much with it.

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  8. You could go to any elegant affair in this dress. It is absolutely fabulous. Wow.

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  9. You are going to look sooooo good for the Pastoral dinner because that dress is just stunning!

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  10. I love the fabric and color...the dress itself is amazing.

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  11. Oh my gosh, Cennetta! I almost choked on my coffee. This is beautiful, absolutely beautiful. Don't post these beauties first thing in the morning ;) . Gosh, you look stunning from head to toe.

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  12. Gorgeous and elegant dress. I had to smile at your comment that your hips are narrower than you'd like - now that is a problem I would like to have!!

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  13. Lovely fabric; not easy to use. Another job well done!

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  14. Oh mama mia, you look so stunning in this dress, what a great color on you and the fit is just perfect....Excellentoooo. Have a lovely day

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  15. Love Love LOVE it!!!!!!!! Beautiful fabric...

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  16. "It could be me, though, as my hips are more narrow than I'd like them to be."

    I cannot imagine ever writing this sentence, LOL.

    LOVE the dress. It is so classy looking. You should be holding an extra cold martini with three olives.

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  17. U Look absolutely beautiful! Great pattern :)

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  18. Beautiful dress! The fabric color looks great on you.

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  19. An Amazing dress and it looks Fabulous on you... love the choice of fabric and color.

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  20. Glamorous, there's no other word for this beautiful dress!

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  21. beautiful as always, you are radiating in this color

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  22. Wow! That dress is really gorgeous on you. I want one!

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  23. Beautiful! I love everything
    about it :) It fits you perfectly.

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  24. Stunning! Absolutely stunning!!!!!

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  25. You look beautiful in that dress!!! I just love retro.

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  26. Cennetta .- I think if you put a tissue around his body and holds it with pins you would also be elegant, I'm sure. Dresses are wonderful, really. you did a great job with the "big" flowers., congratulations.

    greetings, Paco

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  27. Lord you look gorgeous. You know how to wear a dress!

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  28. you look beautiful in this beautifully crafted, beautiful dress! bee - u - tiful!

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  29. This is SO gorgeous Cennetta! You look amazing.

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