Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Butterick 5147 Sew Along
Last week I made two very different dresses. McCalls 6069 was reviewed earlier so today I'm reviewing Butterick 5147. This dress was added to my list as a result of Carolyn's showcasing Sheila's dresses. Then I surfed over to Elizabeth's blog where she invites sewists to join the B5147 Dress Sew-A-long. Sheila's success with the pattern sold me on giving this dress a try.
If you don't have a TNT sheath pattern, this dress is perfect for creating one. It's simple: two pieces, front and back with darts. I started my process with selecting some fabric from my stash for my first dress. Then I altered the pattern making my usual adjustments: prominent shoulder blade , sway back, and full bust adjustments. Also added two inches to the length. Then to create a slender silhouette, I tapered the sides of the skirt.
Below are the illustrations for the adjustments made to the pattern:
Here you can see the FBA - The fisheye dart has two optional lengths. Play around with this adjustment to find the "best" width.
Next the prominent shoulder blade adjustment:
I over estimated the width needed. Next time I'll reduce the spread by half the width. The sway back adjustment is above the waistline line at the center back.
Tapered the side of the Skirt: This was done to the front and back pattern. And finally, the additional inches were added as I cut the fabric.
In closing, try this dress. Sheila's latest version is super cute. She added grommets to the waist. It's simple and a great wardrobe builder.
Here is the link to all related photos: Flickr
And this is the link to the B5147 Sew Along set on Flickr.Sewists of B5147.
Parting shot: Me wearing M6069