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
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!


  1. Your dress is lovely.

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

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

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

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

  6. Stunning dress! You look fantastic in it!

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

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

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

  10. 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!

  11. Totally gorgeous, and the fit is impeccable.

  12. 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!

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

  14. awesome dress! u look absolutely beautiful!

  15. 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.

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

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

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



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