Monday, January 2, 2012

Laced in Butterick 5672 - The Last Dress Made in 2011



Happy New Year!

I can't believe how quickly time flies.  Over the next few weeks, I will review my last projects made in 2011.  During the holiday break, I tried to spend as much time as possible sewing and setting sewing goals for 2012. .., 2012 that's sounds funny.  This month I will post my favorite garment made during 2011.  It's been a great year.

Anyway, I'm still working off my fall trend list of things to make.  Lace is a favorite of mine.  But how many lace dresses can a lady have?  The last lace dress made, 2008, which I hate to admit is a little snug.  Good thing is, I can whip a new dress up in a few hours.  And this new dress was a easy one to make.


I used Butterick 5672 to create this dress. It's described as close-fitting, lined dress that has left side invisible zipper, left dart and left pleats from drape effect. The pattern is available in sizes 8 through 22. JoAnn only had size FF when I went to buy it. I purchased it anyway cutting it at size 16. I ended up scaling it down a bit as it was too big for me.  I normally start with a 14.

Butterick's photo and drawing match my finished version of this dress. And the instruction were easy to follow.

The reviews on Pattern Review and in blogland encouraged me to try this one out. It suits me. The drapery and pleats help define my waist a bit. The classic look is perfect for me. And it was super easy to make.



I really like how this pattern comes together. It's important to note, I didn't need to insert a side zipper to get into the dress. Could be a combination of the stretch in the fabric and the width of the neck. It's large enough to get into the dress with no problem at all.




This lovely lace knit was purchased, where else, Vogue on Roosevelt Rd. It was about 45" width and only about 2 1/2 left on the bolt. I bought all of it. Fitting all of the pattern pieces as designed was a challenge. I played Tetris for a while before coming to the conclusion to cut the back skirt in two pieces with a center back seam and to shorten the sleeves by a inch or two. It worked out fine.

Butterick recommended moderate stretch knits only. This fabric had a lot of stretch. I want to say about 40 percent. I did follow the recommendation for the lining, tricot. Second note of caution: The drapery/pleats causes the hem to hang slightly uneven. And because the skirt is cut on the bias, I waited 24 hours before hemming.

I made my usual adjustments plus the changes above. The illustrations can be found on Flickr.

I don't think I will sew it again for myself.  ..,many dress patterns in the collection I want to try. But I do recommend it to my fellow sewists. It's a great look.




I really like the styling and fit of this dress. It enabled me to fulfill one of the fall 2011 fashion trends.

30 comments:

  1. What a beautiful dress and a lovely way to finish up 2011.

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  2. This is a fabric I would never think to buy, but it looks so lovely on you. The colour is perfect for you and the style is very flattering. A perfect finish to 2011

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  3. This is so beautiful!! I love everything about it, but particularly that gorgeous lace. Absolutely perfect!

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  4. Oh, what a breathtaking dress! It looks beautiful on you.

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  5. Beautiful way to finish the year, Cennetta! Love that color on you!

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  6. Simply stunning! Love those shoes too. :-)

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  7. Your dress is lovely and pretty, the color is beautiful on you.

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  8. That dress is perfect on you! Very Michelle Obama. Great way to end 2011!

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  9. That is so beautifully made and the colour is gorgeous on you. Awesome zipper - even if it isn't necessary!

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  10. Great dress and f your invisible zipper was a work of art!

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  11. Wow, what a fantastic, classy looking dress!

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  12. Gorgeous dress. The color and style look wonderful on you.

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  13. I love this pattern and your choice of fabric. It's a great fit on you and I like those shoes.

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  14. This is just gorgeous. Very nice work done on this! Love the shot of you sitting....so candid! Wishing you and your family a Healthy and Prosperous 2012!

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  15. Beautiful!
    I love that pattern. May have to add it to my stash in 2012.

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  16. Gorgeous dress. The style, the fit, the fabric, & the color are all just perfect on you.

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  17. Perfect dress to finish off 2011 and you selected an awesome fabric for that pattern... It looks fabulous on you.

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  18. What a fantastic color! I love this dress on you!

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  19. Its a lovely dress, very flattering and the dusky pink adds a touch of glamour! A women can never have enough lace dresses!

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  20. Great dress and colour which looks absolutely stunning on you. Shoes look great too!!

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  21. I absolutely love this dress on you! Everything is perfect about it...the fabric selection, color, fit, just everything! Truly is a great way to finish 2011!

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  22. I love your dress. It is elegant and beautiful.

    I love lace, and I am looking forward to sewing a lace dress of my own... well maybe just a few.

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  23. You are definantly "pretty in pink." Happy New Year!

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  24. Love it! Beautiful and classic. Great color on you.

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  25. Beautiful! Very simple, but very effective.

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  26. This is sooooooo pretty! I will make a lace dress soon too! Just made a cotton lace top on friday. I'm loving the whole lace thing!! Anyway it was fun seeing your work in Threads!!! Congrats!!!

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  27. This is a beautiful dress! I have this one finished just need to review it..

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  28. This is stunning on you. The color is very very flattering and the style, va va voom!

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  29. I'm late in saying so, I know, but that is one gorgeous, elegant dress! Just beautiful.

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