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Butterick 5884

Added Oct 13, 2013

by Mary Athey

Antrim, Co Antri...






This dress is classed as easy but it’s anything but with the sleeves. Its lined as well and the batwing sleeves are attached at the back seam so you’re working with three layers. The white fabric i choose was’nt enough as the sleeves take up a lot of fabric, i ordered more but the fabric that arrived was a different white, i ended up using it for the lining.I then decided to use a different coloured bottom and looked at pink and blue. My daughter said the blue was nice so i went with it. After all that i love this dress. its comfortable and not heavy so i wore it twice on my holiday. I do intend to make this again in a black or navy for the xmas season.x

Material Notes

Jersey and cotton


Garment Type

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    Oct 15, 2013, 08.51 PMby sleepy-dumpling

    I really love this dress Mary. The colour is perfect and I like the feminine sleeves. Great pics too xx

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      Oct 15, 2013, 09.06 PMby Mary Athey

      Thank you sleepy dumpling, i had such fun wearing this dress and i felt so nice in it x

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    Oct 15, 2013, 04.13 AMby Anjovis

    Amazing dress Mary! I love the sleeves. And I think it was lucky not to have enough white fabric since this blue fabric looks great. And you look gorgeous as always :)

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      Oct 15, 2013, 08.35 AMby Mary Athey

      Anjovis that is such a lovely thing to say. This dress was one of these lucky flukes that happens to us sewers from time to time. I love the blue with the white now. I will eventually make another all white dress but for my holiday next year lol x

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    Oct 14, 2013, 01.35 PMby chula123

    Your daughter was right: the blue/white combination is perfect !! You look fab, but then you always do:-)) And LOVE the shoes!!!

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      Oct 14, 2013, 05.08 PMby Mary Athey

      Welcome back chula, you have been missed big time. Thank you so much for your lovely comment. We had a magic holiday and it was so much fun hence the smiles x

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    Oct 14, 2013, 03.55 AMby rita61

    Nice colours together on you. Great sleeves!

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      Oct 14, 2013, 07.24 AMby Mary Athey

      Thank you rita, this is one of my favourite dresses ever. My mum had’nt seen it on and when she did she said oh mary that’s stunning on you x

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    Oct 14, 2013, 02.54 AMby ronnielee

    Who’s been the busy sewing bee?? Love this one, very classy indeed.. Fun photos too!

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      Oct 14, 2013, 07.26 AMby Mary Athey

      Thanks ronnie, i have more dresses to put on but this is my favourite. I am still recovering from my holiday though lol x

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    Oct 13, 2013, 10.54 PMby schnui

    I really can’t add any thing different to what all the other lovely comments say except that this dress looks stunning on you and I really do like the blue skirt with the white top. Your daughter was right!!!

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      Oct 14, 2013, 07.27 AMby Mary Athey

      Thanks schnui, my daughter thinks she’s right all the time anyway lol. She loved this dress and boy can she be critical at times lol x

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    Oct 13, 2013, 05.53 PMby Kocotte

    I love everything : the dress, the shoes and your smile. It is a goods idea to mix 2 colors for this elegant dress

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      Oct 13, 2013, 06.15 PMby Mary Athey

      Thank you so much, it’s wonderful what we can come up with when we’re stuck. I still think it would be nice all white but the blue just gave it something x

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    Oct 13, 2013, 04.06 PMby Ellen Hatteland

    WoW Mary! This is great! At the first site I thought it was a jacket you had over the dress, but it’s an adorable dress – and I would love to have one like this! ;) The blue color was perfect, but I’m sure one with red or black for X-mas will be very nice!

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      Oct 13, 2013, 04.09 PMby Mary Athey

      Thanks ellen, i’m going to do an all over colour for xmas, maybe black or navy. Not plain though as i like my sparkle lol x

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    Oct 13, 2013, 02.43 PMby Inga 888

    Love this dress, original detail and very ladylike :)

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      Oct 13, 2013, 02.49 PMby Mary Athey

      Thank you for that wonderful comment . I do love this dress x

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    Oct 13, 2013, 02.20 PMby Super Jeanette

    Mary, this dress is so chic, you look amazing!!!

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      Oct 13, 2013, 02.50 PMby Mary Athey

      Oh thank you so much, it turned out rather well x

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    Oct 13, 2013, 02.19 PMby kisses

    Beautiful dress Mary…the sleeves are so unique and it make the dress very interesting

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      Oct 13, 2013, 02.51 PMby Mary Athey

      Thanks kisses, i love the sleeves, at one point i was going to remove them but i’m so glad i perservered with them x

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    Oct 13, 2013, 01.32 PMby KristinaBerisha

    beautiful dress with great sleeves.so shic and modern

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      Oct 13, 2013, 01.38 PMby Mary Athey

      Thank you kristina, i can’t recommend this high enough!! Now i know how the sleeves work my next one will be a lot quicker lol x

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    Oct 13, 2013, 01.20 PMby liliv-1

    It’s really very interesting with these unusual pretty sleeves!!! I like very much your unique dress!

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      Oct 13, 2013, 01.26 PMby Mary Athey

      Thank you liliv, this would be lovely on you. The sleeves give of a semi sheer look as they are’nt lined. I think this only adds to the dress.i do love this dress and the fabric choices are endless. I am definatly making another. X

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    Oct 13, 2013, 10.07 AMby cathysews

    Another gorgeous dress Mary…….looks lovely.

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      Oct 13, 2013, 10.10 AMby Mary Athey

      Thank you so much cathy, this was the perfect dress for my holiday x

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    Oct 13, 2013, 09.12 AMby step-van-b

    Mary, your dress looks so fresh in this color combination. And you look very fresh as well :-). I also like your nude peep toes.

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      Oct 13, 2013, 09.21 AMby Mary Athey

      Thank you so much step-van-b, i really wanted an all white dress but its strange how much i love the blue and white. It’s the same fabric and has a sparkly sheen to it so its nice for a holiday. I got the shoes half price in a sale so i bought 3 pairs of the nude 2 in black and 1 ina silver colour x

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    Oct 13, 2013, 09.09 AMby byVA

    Mary, ok, I need to admit, the dress is really great, BUT, THE SHOES!!!! … wow :)

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      Oct 13, 2013, 09.23 AMby Mary Athey

      Thank you byva, the shoes do go with everything and are so comfortable as well. That helps when you do a lot of walking like me lol x

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    Oct 13, 2013, 09.07 AMby Denim Skirts Etc

    Lovely dress Mary! A very Grecian feel. It looks tricky to make but you’ve really pulled it off!

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      Oct 13, 2013, 09.25 AMby Mary Athey

      Thank you denim skirts, the instructions are always gobbledy gook so in the end i worked it out myself by using my dress form. It nearly ended up in my.unfinished pile but i kept at it as i thought it’ll turn out worth it x

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    Oct 13, 2013, 09.06 AMby cris orange

    Oh Mary, you look sooooo beautiful in this dress! The sleeves are very interesting. And I love the blue and how you finished the hem in white again. A really stunning dress! I’m sure you got lots of compliments:-)

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      Oct 13, 2013, 09.27 AMby Mary Athey

      Thank you so much cris that is such a lovely thing to say. This is one of my most favourite dresses i have made so far. I said to my mum that i felt nice in it and once you are comfortable in something it shows x

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    Oct 13, 2013, 09.03 AMby Mary Athey

    Thanks oksana, this is my favourite dress out of the ones i made for spain. I felt wonderful in it and i get did some lovely comments. I think it looks very grecian with the sleeves x

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    Oct 13, 2013, 09.00 AMby Oksana Starzhynska

    What an interesting and pretty dress! These wings make anybody fly:-) Very romantic, smarty, beautiful outfit: the original sleeves, soft draping of wrapped fronts and very fresh combination of colours – blue and white. I’m sure your image attracts much attention and it’s worth any nice compliment! I like it very very much!!!

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