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Dotty day dress

Added Sep 22, 2011

by teaandcakey

Cambridge, Unite...




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A wrap-dress for work from Butterick see & sew B5166, using fabric bought on my honeymoon two years ago (shame….)

I had to completely re-draft the bodice because apparently I am stumpier than the conventional human…. ;-) I removed around an inch from both front and back at the shoulder, took the back in from the centre line, let the sides out at the waist, moved the front darts outward, lengthened the sleeves and removed some height from the sleeve cap (although not enough, as it turned out). For me this was an epic saga with two muslins as I am slow and rubbish at this…!

Although the pattern didn’t suggest it, I lined it completely including the sleeves. I used the same pattern pieces for the lining, but with enough removed so that the lining attached to the interfacing edge on the inside, where the interfacing would otherwise have been finished. I left the lining loose at the hem, and tried out my rolled hem machine foot, with which I made a complete hash job. Practice makes perfect?

This was my first time to re-draft something so extensively, and also the first wrap-dress I’ve ever owned (the shop ones don’t fit, in the same way the pattern didn’t at first). I’m pleased now.

Material Notes

Navy and white polka-dot cotton fabric, lined with a lightweight navy lining fabric. I used some medium weight fusible, but only in the collar. I used a covered button for the closure on the outside, and a flatter button on the inside.




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  • Erika08_large

    Sep 24, 2011, 07.43 PMby daisylynn

    Well, the hard work was certainly worth it, the dress suits you perfectly. Lovely, lovely job!

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    Sep 23, 2011, 03.08 AMby Catalina6

    Well, your choices were great. Sleeve length is perfect, lining was a great decision. And I, for one, think the little upward lift on the sleeve cap looks stylish & intentional. Well done.
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    Sep 22, 2011, 07.57 PMby turtlegirl00

    I agree—the fit looks perfect! great job!

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    Sep 22, 2011, 07.47 PMby janul


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    Sep 22, 2011, 06.43 PMby datstylin

    The fit looks perfect, so for your first time redrafting you did a superb job. Pretty dress. Congratulations

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