Added Dec 12, 2010
I used Butterick 6582 (a sheath dress with skirt options) for this dress. It has a faux wrap bodice and a nice, curves-hugging fit. It’s a vintage pattern from the 60’s, so it’s an of the moment look in the Mad Men vein that’s so popular right now.
However, this pattern was not without its issue. Firstly, I wish the front of the bodice was just a wee bit lower. Not “Jersey Shore audition tape” lower, just a happy medium — mid-sternum maybe. Secondly, I couldn’t add a lining and therefore had to use the dreaded facings. Now, I should be able to add a lining to a dress. I sew a lot and have some fairly decent sewing skills, but I could not for the life of me figure out a way to add a lining that wouldn’t involve completely reconfiguring this dress and there simply wasn’t enough time to put that much crazy redrafting into this (I had to get this sewn in about a week in time for a Christmas party at my husband’s work). Besides, it’s an obvious cocktail dress, so one would think Butterick would make it lined. Weird.
The final product did end up fitting well after much tweaking, praying, lighting of candles, and the unfortunate sacrifice of a loyal sewing needle. Thankfully that appeased the gods and I got this puppy looking pretty snazzy.
All in all, this is a good and pretty dress, but was kind of a pain to get to fit just right. Not a love connection.
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