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Butterick 5209: MISSES’ DRESS: Halter or cap sleeve dress, below mid-knee length, has side zipper, fitted self-lined bodice and flared, gathered skirt.

The instructions are pretty easy, although not what I would expect from a design like this one. But I love to learn a new way of doing something, so reading through the instruction sheets was a great reminder of another way to construct a lined bodice with a center front seam.

My first version of this dress in a silk/cotton blend is a bit difficult to get in and out of. I have made quite a few 1940s dresses with a side zipper, so I went ahead and closed the top portion of the side seam, and the bottom, and inserted the zipper. The instructions only include the halter view when they get to inserting the zipper, which, of course, opens fully from underarm to hip. And this needs to be done for the sleeved version as well! Whoops!

This version is now super easy to get on and off . . . so much so, in fact, that I am going to remember to move the zipper opening up a few inches on my next side zipped dress if the design allows for it.

I used some rayon seam binding as hem tape to hem the dress and posted a tutorial on my blog

I really love this dress – it is so easy to wear, and perfect for the summer! I have a feeling it is going to get a lot of wear!

More pictures may be found on my blog, Lilacs & Lace.

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