Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Tracy Reese Inspired Dress Part II- Butterick 4443

Last night I was able to take a few photos of the finished dress on Rochelle. No pictures of me wearing until later.

Now for my final review -

Pattern Description: Misses'/Misses' Petite Dress - Dress is close fitting bodice and slightly flared skirt has bodice variations, back zipper and is below mid knee length. B: contrast band, tie belt and purchased flower. C: tie belt. D: purchased ribbon and bow trim. E:purchased ribbon bow.

Pattern Sizing: Sizes 8 - 22; I used 14 with my usual modifications.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, except for the small changes that I made.

Were the instructions easy to follow? I piece of cake. Nothing confusing or difficult to follow.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? This pattern fits the silhouette I wanted for my Tracy Reese inspired Dress. The princess seams makes it easy to do a FBA and the slightly flared skirt looks good on my figure. No dislikes.

Fabric Used: Lace (stable knit) and polyester charmeuse from Fishman's Fabrics. Love the color and texture of this lace. It a tomato red, orange-yellow base. The charmeuse perfectly matched the tone of the lace.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: There were many. most are posted here. The rest are as follows:

- Lined (1 1/4" shorter the the skirt) the skirt. It (lining) was sewn so the right side would be the crepe side. The finished skirt has the wrong side facing the right side of the lining. The inside of the dress is the shining side of the charmeuse fabric. To finish it, I made a rolled hem.
- Added satin ribbon sash.
- invisible zipper.
- Cap sleeves are slightly gathered. There was too much ease in the sleeve. If you want a smooth sleeve cap, take out some of the ease.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? This is a good sloper. And the pattern is simple enough to create other inspirational dress. The skirt and the bodice can be interchanged with other patterns. So yes, I probably will use this pattern again as a basis for other dress with a similar silhouette. And yes, I recommend it to others.

Conclusion: I'm pleased with the outcome of this dress and will certainly enjoy wearing it. To complete my outfit, I wear some 4" black ornamented pumps. In my hair, a fascinator made by DD and/or me.

This pattern is easy and sews up quick once you have to fit issue (if any) resolved. Perfect little dress that can be dressed up or down.


  1. I LOVE ANY AND ALL THINGS RED!!! This is beautiful!

  2. Hi Cennetta, your dress is gorgeous!

  3. Wanna see you model this beautiful creation! Wish I could wear red. WELL, I COULD wear red, but....

    It's very stunningly gorgeous!

  4. One hot tomato! ;-)

    It's a gorgeous dress. I think the fascinator will be the perfect touch.

  5. Awesome. Waiting impatiently for photos of you modeling!

  6. Understate elegance, beautiful and timeless.

  7. Gorgeous! The black ribbon added to it really just makes it perfect!!!

  8. Simply wonderful.


  9. That is DEFINITELY one.beautiful.dress. Now can you make one for me??? :)

  10. Gorgeous dress. Your work is perfect.

  11. Stunning. I love the simplicity of the pattern, letting the fabric shine.

  12. This is gorgeous! A sweetheart-neckline, cap-sleeve, full-skirt dress has been in my dream list of unsewn dresses for EVER. Beautiful. :)

  13. What a fabulous dress...very beautiful!! Love the black ribbon

  14. This is so beautiful! I know you will wear it well.

  15. I can't wait to see you in this dress. It is gorgeous and I love the shade of red.

  16. Pretty! It really looks gorgeous. Nice page.

  17. This is so pretty.Will check back for a pic of you wearing it.



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