Friday, August 19, 2011

Sun Dress - Butterick 5351

I wanted a simple sundress for vacation and this one fit the bill. Quite a few ladies had good results using this pattern and my experience was no different.


Pattern Description: MISSES' DRESS: Above mid-knee dresses A, B, C, D have fitted or loose-fitting bodice, A-line skirt and back zipper. A, B, C: shoulder straps. A, B: front and back band. B: pockets. C, D: elastic casing above bust. D: ruffle. Purchased belts.

Pattern Sizing: 8 -24. I like that it has a wider range of sizes. More ladies will have an opportunity to try this pattern. I used size 14 with modifications.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes.

Were the instructions easy to follow? I didn't really read them. I've made similar type dresses. It was easy to put together.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I like the simplicity of the style. It's comfortable and perfect for hot weather. No dislikes.

Fabric Used: I used a stretch woven cotton from JoAnn's.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I did a FBA. Oops no pictures. I just slashed through the center of the front bodice dart, pivoted to the right cutting most to the upper edge of the bodice. Then spread the opening to the desired width. I also added about a 1/2 to the side seam just in case. For the skirt, I added a few inches to the length.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Maybe and I do recommend it to others. It's a nice little sundress.

Conclusion: This is a fairly easy pattern to sew. A beginner should be able to sew it with no problems.

Parting shots: These delicious vegetables came from my mom's garden. Home grown veggies are the best.

The day I received these goodies, I rushed home to fry some green (ish) tomatoes.

Here's how - I start with green tomatoes that are starting to turn red, a little pinkish. They are a little juicer at that stage of ripeness. In a skillet (I use a cast iron one) pour about a cup of vegetable oil in it over a mid-high flame. Slice the tomatoes about 1/4 inch thick. sprinkle salt and pepper to your taste. Then coat each slice with cornmeal. When the oil is hot, gently place the slices in the skillet. Brown on each side to your taste. Remove from skillet. Let sit for 5 minutes. Then eat. Delicious.

Happy Sewing!  and cooking too.  Wink, wink.


  1. I really like the look of this dress! I love fried green tomatoes, too!

  2. Adorable, comfy, complimentary sundered.

    What time shall I be there for fried green tomatoes?

  3. OMG you look fabulous in that dress!!!
    I haven't tried fried tomatoes, but I'll have to after reading this. :)

  4. Great fabric choice. It really makes the dress pop on you.

  5. You look wonderful,your dress is beautiful!

  6. That dress looks super comfortable. Looks well made too. Also thanks for the quick recipe. Never tried fried tomatoes in my life...

  7. You have been making some lovely casual wear of late. I'm enjoying your relaxed new styles very much.

  8. Oh, wow, bring on the sunshine - you look fabulous in this fresh and very pretty dress. I love the look of those fried tomatoes - I can almost taste them from here!

  9. Love the dress and the fabric is nice. And yes I love fried green tomatoes, too!

  10. I love that dress and the fabric you chose. I LOVE fried green tomatoes, too.

  11. The dress is FAB....very flattering and fried green tomatoes never looked so good!

  12. Love the dress and your cargo pants, my next batch of tomatoes are destined to be fried.

  13. Such a fun and stylish sun dress on you!!!

  14. You look so cool in that pretty dress. It's perfect for summer. Nice seiwng.

  15. Very cute dress, Cennetta!It's been awhile since I had fried green tomatoes--I should make some before tomato season is past.



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