Added Sep 16, 2011
Butterick 4792, Retro 1957: Misses’ Jacket, Dress and Belt: Above waist, loose-fitting, unlined jacket has collar and short dolman sleeves. Flared dress is mid-calf and has fitted, self-faced bodice, front neck casing, bodice back shoulder straps extend to front, forming front band, left side zipper, waist seam, gathered skirt is lined with attached petticoat ruffle, self-fabric belt with covered buckle.
Surprisingly enough, this pattern is quite easy, with detailed instructions included. The pattern might be a bit overwhelming for a first project, but a beginner could easily tackle this one with a bit of patience.
I love this pattern – big surprise, right?! I especially love the sectioned gathering on the skirt and the technique used to create a built in petticoat. And the fact that the netting is sandwiched between the two layers of fabric makes is super comfortable – no itchy synthetics next to the skin! The only drawback is that the dress is rather heavy and takes up quite a bit of space.
My only real complaint, if I had to come up with one, is that the jacket is unlined and the finishing technique leave something to be desired. There are obviously easy ways around this, and it is labeled “easy,” so I suppose Butterick did not want to add much difficulty to the pattern. However, because the dress is fully lined and finished off beautifully, the jacket just seems like an afterthought to the pattern.
More information and pictures may be found over at my “blog.”: http://lilacsandlace.blogspot.com/2011/09/make-every-day-affair-to-remember.html