Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Summer Dresses In The Making - Butterick B6674



This fabric is a Mood Exclusive Abstract Concepts Stretch Cotton.  What drew me to it was the delicate outline of printed faces.  I'd seen similar prints but would not seen them in a fabric store.  So this one was just right for me.  It's 97% cotton; 3% Elastane.  The fabric has a slight sheen to it with a smooth hand.  Easy sewing and pressing helps speed up the construction process.  I used a universal sewing machine needle, size 12.

I it with Butterick B6674 which includes separate pattern pieces for cup sizes.  A plus and is helpful to me.  Because it decreases the amount a time I spent making pattern adjustments.  The FBA is the most involved adjustment I made.  Butterick pattern description: " A, B, C close fitting through bust, front self facings, sash, flared hem. A: Above mid knee length. B, C: Below mid knee length. C: Self ruffle. A/B, C, D Cup Sizes. D: Lined bag, bias tape seam finish. Note: Separate pattern pieces are included for cup sizes A/B, C, D."  I used size 16 with some modifications.


This was the first garment that I made while in quarantine. I spent two days making this dress.  The first, finishing everything except the buttonholes, buttons, and hem.

This is a very simple skirt waist dress.  Another example of a fit and flare style.  This style is very appealing to me.  And I hope to make more similar dresses this year.  The ruffled neckline adds a little more interest to a simple silhouette and no pockets because the print was enough of an attraction.  So view C was perfect for my project.

My dress does look like the drawing, except I did not make a belt.  I have a RTW belt that would be perfect for the dress.  The instructions were typical but very easy to follow.  No part of the dress requires interfacing.  In general, a very quick sew.

Before I cut into my fashion fabric, I made a muslin.  I actually made it last summer.  So I tried it on again to make sure the fit was still okay.  It was good.  My usual pattern adjustments were also made last year.  So I checked them again since I hadn't looked at this pattern in awhile.

My fit changes:
  • Tweaked the D cup bodice pattern to fit.
  • Lengthen the bodice a bit
  • Swayback adjustment
  • Prominent shoulder blade at the shoulder seam, which produced a little dart.  I should have made it along the neckline.  I think it would look better. Next time.
  • Added a bit to the bodice back a the shoulder seam for my forward shoulders.
  • Lengthen the skirt a bit
My construction changes:
  • The fabric was too thick to follow the construction of the ruffle.  I decided to use Mood Italian Black Venise Lace trim .   I cut the lace the length of the ruffle.  Then I cut a piece of 1/4" black elastic the length of the finished neckline.  Stretched and sewed the elastic to the lace.  Then I sewed the trim to the neckline of the dress being careful not to stretch it.  NOTE:  A little stretching did occur, but it did not deform the neckline.  It actually helped it lie flat with no gapping.
  • For the neckline and armholes, I make bias tape from fashion fabric.
  • I used hem tape and hem the dress by hand instead of machine stitching it as instructed.

I am very please with how this dress turned out.  It is a classic silhouette.  And I can see myself making it again.  Next time with pockets and matching bag.  Isn't that tote cute?

This is a relatively easy dress to make once you have gotten past your fit adjustments.  You can also have some fun with trims to change it up a bit.  I recommend this pattern to all level sewists.  Have fun building your summer wardrobe.  Now is the time if you are quarantined or on coronavirus lock down.

Happy Sewing!
C







12 comments:

  1. Your dress is adorable! I love your feathery trim!

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  2. What a cute dress! Growing up, I had shoes with printed faces on it. I called them my "people shoes" and they were beloved. Enjoy wearing your dress!

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  3. I love fit & flare and this pattern is so beautifully cut I can't wait to sew it!

    That neckline trim is gorgeous!!

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    1. Hey Kesha. I like it a lot. You will too. ;-) Thank you!

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  4. I love this fabric print and it isn't too busy to see the details of the dress. You always do such good work.

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    1. Thanks, Connie. I am really conscious about a too busy print. Especially, on dresses. Thanks again.

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  5. Adorable dress for summer. The print is fabulous.

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  6. I'm making this dress for my daughter but don't understand the front facings with the two fold lines. Can you help ? Thx !

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    1. Hi Chira, im sorry about the late response. The front facing kind of mimics the stability of a front placket that you see on some button down shirts. So the first fold kind of acts like a interfacing. The second fold conceals the first layer and provides a clean finish to the front of the dress.

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