My lovely hubby and I spent last weekend up in Noosa (an hour and a half drive up the coast from where we live) – what a perfect opportunity to give my new dress an outing and give you lovely readers a change from my usual backdrops!
Technically it is still winter here, but seriously look at this weather, it was just fabulous, we are so spoilt. It was a gorgeous 25ºC – perfection!
This is a new pattern to me, Butterick 5478, a vintage repro pattern with great back neckline detail. Whilst I love the end result, it definitely is not perfect, nevertheless I don’t care and know this will get stacks of wear!
The fabric is a polka dot cotton bought ages that I had stashed for the perfect pattern and I think this might be it!
I made quite a few modifications to get the fit and one to rescue a fit issue that I couldn’t be bothered fussing with! First the rescue – I was having some issues getting the waist darts to sit properly due to the FBA, they just looked silly and wouldn’t sit flat. I then just cut the bottom off the bodice and replaced it with a band that I piped with white satin piping bought some time ago. Then I ran into another drama, I cut the waistband and piping a touch too small and the waist didn’t fit, so I cast it aside for about four months. No idea how I did that, guess I was having a blonde moment and measured wrong, or perhaps I cut what I wanted to be instead of what I am 😉
I pulled it out again recently as I have lost a little weight and yay it fitted! So I finished it off with an invisible zipper and a pleated dirndl skirt.
My pattern alterations:
– shortened bodice by 1″
– added waistband
– dirndl skirt instead of circle (didn’t have enough fabric)
As always, I still think I could do a lot more to improve the fit for next time, but I am not sure that anyone apart from sewers and me would even notice. We really are own worst critics aren’t we? Aside from the imperfections, I love, love, LOVE this dress!! I think this with a bit of tweaking, this my next TNT pattern! Oh and next time, it really needs pockets.