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Butterick B5708

Added Feb 24, 2014

by DrapedinClou...

Cologne, Germany






A few weeks ago I decided to begin sewing this years summer wardrobe and I just finished another garment – Retro Butterick B5708, a sweet early 50s dress. I used a deep blue cotton with a weaving pattern that looks like wood grain and a white poly blend for the lining of the bodice. The dress is very pretty but the pattern has a few issues. The bows can be tied multiple ways, for example off-the-shoulder or the way I did it. That’s a very nice idea but the problem is that all these variants use the same pattern. This results in a much too wide neckline when you tie the dress on the shoulders. I therefore sewed several darts and it’s ok like this but still a bit too revealing… apart from that I was not happy with how the darts looked like and decided to use embroidery to cover them up. My boyfriend created a very pretty Art Nouveau/ Rick Griffin inspired pattern and so I stitched for the first time in several years and am very happy with it. The second problem is that there is too much fabric at the lower end of the costal arch, there is a small fold at the back and front of the dress. Others had the same problem with this pattern and the version on the Butterick website looks not quite right as well… as the bodice consists of three parts I have no clue how to take it in, does anyone have an idea? However, I still like the dress a lot and look forward to wearing it when summer arrives!

You can find a few more images on my blog, Draped in Cloudlets.




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    Jan 18, 2017, 10.43 AMby Stullhee5

    It’s very special – Great job!

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    Jan 11, 2017, 12.07 PMby joemorris5

    That is lovely

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    Sep 16, 2016, 08.32 AMby Lorrainedamian12

    Looking like a butterfly

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    Mar 2, 2014, 11.16 AMby surfjewels

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    Feb 26, 2014, 11.07 PMby suzsch

    Looks great! I’m in the middle of making this same dress after not having sewn in years. Hope mine comes together as nice as yours. :)

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    Feb 26, 2014, 10.23 AMby Debbie Alli

    Absolutely stunning!! You’ve done a beautiful job and I love the colour and the embroidery too! I would agree that the bodice probably just needs shortening slightly to give a better fit under the bust – just a case of a little too much fabric in the length to the waist. I see what they did with the pattern – for an on the shoulder version they tie the knot forward of the shoulder and just below the collar bone, gathering the upper front bodice slightly to take the fullness out of the neckline. But I prefer your version and think the embroidery really enhances – it really makes the dress :)

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    Feb 25, 2014, 09.14 AMby robygiup

    Thanks for the pattern review, detailed and useful. The idea of covering the darts with embroidery is really good! The final result looks lovely!

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    Feb 25, 2014, 12.50 AMby KayBarn

    Love it! The embroidery is inspiring.

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    Feb 24, 2014, 08.39 PMby liliv-1

    wonderful dress!!

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    Feb 24, 2014, 07.52 PMby mbuchanan1

    Love the fabric choice and embroidery. It appears that the front bodice is a little bit too long for your torso causing the fold under your bust. The back looks fine to me.

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    Feb 24, 2014, 07.40 PMby kisses

    Nicely done and I like the shoulder details

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    Feb 24, 2014, 07.23 PMby Ellen Hatteland

    You look like a lovely princess! I like the embroidery as well – it’s very special – Great job! :) Congrats on being featured! :)

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    Feb 24, 2014, 06.49 PMby Mary Athey

    Oh what a beautiful dress, this looks fabulous on you. The fabric suits the style perfectly.and the embroidarys lovely x

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