It’s another Butterick Repro B5748, this time true to the pattern unlike my previous version. I love this dress – it’s so swooshy and fun to wear. I wore it to work today and spent all day twirling and swooshing the super full circle skirt.
The only change I made to this pattern was to do an FBA and to raise the shoulders. Interestingly I had my lovely friend Marjorie assist me with the hemming and in the process she marked the shoulders and I learnt that my shoulders sit at quite different levels. My right one is nearly 1cm higher than the left! It’s due to an old injury that I knew had left over effects, but that was one I wasn’t aware of!
Normally I am fine hemming skirts by myself, but this dress was different. The circle skirt requires the dress to be hung and left to drop for a couple of days. The result? The hem looked like I was drunk when I cut it! Check out my instagram pic here. It was crazy wonky, up and down, not a little bit, but inches of difference. I blame the fabric.
Marjorie has this wonderful old tool, from maybe the 80s that puffs chalk at the prescribed level as I just stood there and spun around!! A marvellous gadget!! Then all we had to do was cut and sew – genius!
I finished the skirt with my first proper rolled hem, I tried photographing it, but due to the dark fabric the pics were rubbish, you’ll just have to take my word for it that its pretty good, I am pretty proud of the effort I put into it.
The fabric is a mystery super flowy drapy blend bought at Walthamstow earlier in the year. When I bought it I thought it was black, but in some lights it seems like a super dark navy. Either way, I don’t care, and I am treating it as black!
The fabric was hideous to sew, it moved so much and was too floppy. In retrospect I would have used a pattern with a less fitted bodice, but c’est la vie, it is not awful and the circle skirt really works with the drape, and besides I can twirl! Who can complain at that!?!
No more Winter sewing for me – Summer is well and truly on the way here – already it has been 25-28 degrees most day – if this is Spring, I think Summer may be hideous. I foresee many more summery dresses in my future…Cambie, perhaps a Saltspring, definitely a Belledone, who knows what else?
What are you all working on for the new season?