I started this dress last week (read the prequel right here). I love this pattern. It’s a remake of a classic dress pattern, Butterick B5920 “Retro ’51”. Comfortable and easy to make. The fabric is lightweight and soft, an Ellena Rayon Twill Print, 100% Rayon. I even found the perfect buttons for my fabric.
Now I did make some changes – no heart shaped pockets on the chest, no waspish waist, no corset, no crinoline.
One important change for anyone wanting to try this pattern for themselves – I made the sleeve-less version but the shoulders seemed too long at the top seam. I actually cut the armholes to a gradual inch shorter at the top shoulder point. If I am making a sleeve-less top – it’s going to show all of my arms!
As I said before, the other change I made was not to wear a crinoline underneath. Not my style. 🙂 Instead I ironed on fusible interfacing at the hem in the hopes it would make my hem a bit heavier and perhaps give it more shape. I suppose a Petersham ribbon would have done even better, but I am trying to stay away from fabric shops… I’m sure you will understand!
First I zig zagged the fusible interfacing all along the bottom of my hem. My fabric frays quite easily and I thought this might help.
Then I ironed on my interfacing and folded up the hem 1 1/4″ and pressed it again.
Then I turned down the 1/4″ of the hem and straight stitched my hem up all around.
All in all, it did give the hem line some shape. Now all I need to find is a suitable brown leather belt!
Unfortunately after a sunny, warm day, the wind has moved in with a gusto – I can’t go outside without my hair and clothes flapping – so I am left with inside shots. (sorry!)
Hopefully I have correctly met the requirements of #sewtogetherforsummer organized by @rocco.sienna @sewsarahsmith and @sewing_in_spain! Now to go over to Instagram and post my Shirt Dress! Have you joined in #sewtogetherforsummer?