Tuesday, September 28, 2010

My Dress - Women & Men's Conference 2010 B5520


First, to those of you who continue to visit and comment on my blog, thank you so much. I really appreciate your visits, your kind words, and encouragement. My blogging activity has declined to a low 5 percent comparatively speaking. I'll be back on it soon. I've got a lot of catching up to do.

Victoria nominated me for a Beautiful Blogger Award. Thanks much! So I'll post my ten things about me and will nominate some fabulous stichin' sisters.

Finally, I'm able to write a review of my W&M Conference dress. Anyway, here's my review of Butterick 5520.


Pattern Description: MISSES'/MISSES' PETITE DRESS: Close-fitting, tapered, above mid-knee length, lined dresses A, B, C have two-piece raglan sleeves, back zipper and back slit. A, B: contrast cap sleeves. B, C: peplum. C: above wrist length sleeves.

Pattern Sizing: 8 to 22.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Pretty much. I made the simplest form of this dress, view A.

Were the instructions easy to follow? There was nothing difficult in them. Pretty easy. I also forget to talk about my method for attaching the lining to the back slit. Instruction 33 in this case. I never match the lower circles. To eliminate the "plucker" at the slit, I move the circle of the lining about a 1/4 inch above the circle on the skirt of the dress. Then sew the lining to the dress/skirt. The slit looks smooth.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I like everything about it. No dislikes.

Fabric Used: Dutchess (matte) satin and rayon/cotton blend Brocade.



Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I made a few changes:

Installed an invisible zipper.
Added a few inches to the length of the skirt
FBA
Prominent Shoulder and Sway back adjustments
Eliminated the shoulder pads. I didn't think I needed them.
I made a belt with bow.

BTW- Oops, not the best picture this time and the sleeve is tucked in a little.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes, I plan to make a "winter" version, long sleeve. Yes, I do recommend it to others.

Conclusion: This is an easy dress pattern that is fashionable. If this is a style of dress that is appealing to you, try it. That's it, that's all.

Happy Sewing!
C

34 comments:

  1. What a great fit! It looks fantastic on you.

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  2. Love that you made this new Butterick pattern! It turned out really well.

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  3. Lovely dress! As always it fits you perfectly and you look great in it.

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  4. The dress looks great. I have this pattern for my daughter. You have inspired me!

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  5. Stunning dress! You look fantastic in it!

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  6. the dress is lovely, and it fits you beautifully!

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  7. What a pristine dress! Beautiful, as always.

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  8. Steppin'! Drop dead gorgeous! Your dress looks lovely on your beautiful you! Love the shoes, too! Mm-mm!

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  9. Gorgeous dress - I love it in white. I am just about to get going on making this pattern so I'm super thrilled to see how lovely yours looks!

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  10. Totally gorgeous, and the fit is impeccable.

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  11. Love the dress! Fits you perfectly and the style suits you very well. I haven't been blogging much lately either. I do want to get back to it though!

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  12. Very elegant. The contrast fabric is a nice touch and doesn't overwhelm you or the dress.

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  13. awesome dress! u look absolutely beautiful!

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  14. A lot of us have been down on our blogging. It'll come back to you when you're ready to blog!

    In the meantime....fab dress.

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  15. Cenetta,your dress is fabulous and you look wonderful wearing it!!

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  16. I didn't even see the brocade at first, but I love how it's so subtle. What a pretty detail to beautiful dress.

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  17. Soooo elegant!!! I love, love love that dress. You look fantastic.

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