busted out a new pattern recently... actually, this was the hardest pattern i've attempted to date. i'm not really that swell with patterns... i'm self-taught, and the jargon confuses me a lot
but i think this one turned out pretty good!
i used butterick 5319, and made both views (yes, two dresses). i think i like the sleeveless better than the sleeves... if i make it again with the sleeves, i will make the sleeve lining flat since all that extra gathering made the sleeves WAY too poofy. this pattern is super-intense - fully lined (even the skirt!), lots of understitching and slip stitching, pockets, gathering, etc etc.
first up: purple dress. actually, i made this one second, but i like it better
it is fully lined in purple lining fabric. the only modification i made to the pattern was that i used an invisible zipper (because, srsly, those zipper instructions in the pattern are WHACK). invisible zippers are really easy to insert - easier than regular zippers, i think - and i'm kind of angry that i never learned how to insert them until recently.
i really wish i could get a better shot of the purple color, it's a really great wine-reddish-purple. really awesome fabric.
the back, sorry my hair looks like crap (i never curl the back
the side. i had the frankenstein the pattern because the sizing was a little off - the bodice is a size 12, the waist and skirt are a size 8. but i think it ended up fitting really nicely! i did not have to do ANY size adjusting over than shortening the shoulder straps by like 1.5"
on the dressform without the sash
the red dress: i made this one first with some fabric i've been hoarding for a little over a year. it is lined with a super soft white bedsheet. this being the first dress i made out of this pattern, it's got some mistakes - i inserted the pockets backwards (hahaha HOW is that even possible?!), and the shoulders are a little too big. also, let's not discuss the zipper. anyway, i don't have any pictures of it irl because i'm not totally pleased with the fit, especially the sleeves.
thanks for looking!! please let me know what you think