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

19 comments:

Sheila said...

Despite your misgivings about the color, I really like it on you. The second dress is stunning on you. Thanks for the shoutout.

b4thedoor.com said...

Nice sheath dress! Your border print dress is awesome on you! Totally fabulous!

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

I agree with the Sheila...the first one is nice and will be a great wardrobe builder. But the McCalls dress is just stunning!

Trudy Callan said...

You look beautiful in both dresses.

Trudy
www.sewingwithrudy.blogspot.com

Victoria said...

Very pretty Butterick dress! And that McCall's dress is one SEXY number!!!

Angela said...

I think it's a nice basic sheath! I love the M6069 one... the border print is so perfect with that pattern!

Rosie said...

You look great in both dresses. I have to agree with Sheila and Carolyn that the McCalls dress is more stunning.

Sewtellme said...

Two dresses in one week . . . envy, but I digress. The color is actually very complementary to your complexion. The second dress is HOT!

Carol said...

The black and white dress is stunning on you and yes, I am going to make one! The sheath dress is lovely, the colour is a surprising one. It's one I never would have considered but seeing it made up, is a great choice and I'm sure will pair with a lot of colours. You always look gorgeous, no matter what you wear!

Ann's Fashion Studio said...

Both dresses look so beautiful on you!

Kelroc said...

Loving both dresses.

Gorgeous Things said...

Okay, so can I just say? You. Look. GORGEOUS!

Love them both. Love them both on you. You are an inspiration!

Faye Lewis said...

Both dresses are wonderful! I'm going back to that Butterick sheath that I started in June but just could not get it to fit. So glad I didn't put it in file 13.

Sigrid said...

Beautiful dresses, you look fabulous.

Eugenia said...

I love your sheath dress - a very elegant classic that fits you so well. I like how you have tapered the skirt. Your draped neckline dress is fabulous.

Cennetta said...

Thanks!

Fulvia said...

You look as beautiful as your creations!

Audrey said...

You achieved a great fit on the Butterick dress. And the McCalls dress looks fantastic on you. I like how you used the border print.

amber said...

Both of these dresses look beautiful on you!

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