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« on: May 05, 2012 10:28:31 AM »

Iíve found myself reconsidering commercial patterns over the past few weeks. Despite (or because of) its popularity Butterick 5130 is no longer in print, but I was able to find a copy on Etsy.

As lovely as this dress truly is, itís a little more romantic than my style. Although all the reviews mention how clever the pattern is for using the seam allowances as casing for the elastic, I threw that whole concept out the window and opted for highly visible exterior casings.

At first I was hesitant about the red jersey, because a red dress is very A Red Dress. Like, ďIím a fabulous WOman and I wear red dresses out for brunch with my gal pals!Ē I do not need to get my groove back, but apparently I have room for a singular red dress in my wardrobe anyway.

I wanted the two colors to coordinate without matching. I was aiming for a slight clash of colors, and I think the purple/red combo is a perfect juxtaposition, rather than head-on collision. Obviously, aqua stitching was a must.

Like nearly everyone else, I added a waistband to make the dress less like a nightgown.

The pattern calls for a moderate-stretch knit fabric, but since the dress is made to be about three times the size of the wearer, I donít really think the stretch is so necessary. I bet the dress would look nice in a woven silk/cotton blend, and I think it would totally work. Iím also considering a maxi length. Although I normally consider that style to be too much dress, I have an intriguing image in my mind. Maybe with shorter sleeves? And a printed skirt?

If I hadnít done all those fancy casing and top stitching, the dress would probably take 3-4 hours to make. I can think of worse ways to spend an afternoon.

Honestly, Iím not sure if I would make this pattern again. Looking at these pictures, cute as they are, Iím not in love with the dress. Meh.

More photos and thoughts on my blog: http://madebyjulianne.com/?p=3767

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« Reply #1 on: May 05, 2012 05:20:12 PM »

cute as they are, Iím not in love with the dress. Meh.

I think this sums it up pretty well. It's cute, and super adorable, but compared to everything else you've made, this just seems a bit, well, meh. It doesn't seem "you" enough. My two cents? It looks a bit too much like a little girls dress. Shrink it down to toddler sized and it will be perfect, but for an actual grown up with grown up lady boobs and what-not, it doesn't sit right.

« Reply #2 on: May 07, 2012 10:28:53 AM »

Yes, this doesn't flatter at all. It's cute in conception and well-executed but makes you look a little lumpy (and based on all your other photos you have an enviable figure that is not even remotely lumpy). I agree that it would make a great toddler/little girl dress, though.
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« Reply #3 on: May 07, 2012 07:13:12 PM »

Thanks for the feedback! I kinda knew it all, but needed to hear it from someone else. I'll find a new home for the muse dress!

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