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