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« on: July 20, 2009 12:03:14 PM »

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  Embarrassed 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 Wink 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 Cheesy)

bodice close-up

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" Smiley

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.




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« Reply #1 on: July 20, 2009 12:07:50 PM »

Fantastic job! Smiley Those dresses are soooo pretty.
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« Reply #2 on: July 20, 2009 12:12:58 PM »

I love both of them!

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« Reply #3 on: July 20, 2009 12:27:44 PM »

i love them, especially the second one. great fabric.
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« Reply #4 on: July 20, 2009 01:21:47 PM »

Looks great! Kudos on being self-taught and this good!!! I hope someday to be at this skill level... The fabric on the red one is really pretty!

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« Reply #5 on: July 20, 2009 03:13:42 PM »

Awesome job on those dresses! I think both came out looking great.

I just made this pattern a few weeks ago, and I had the same issues with pockets and zipper on my first attempt.  Wink

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« Reply #6 on: July 20, 2009 04:05:04 PM »

Very pretty!!  I've been sewing for years and still find some Butterick patterns confusing.  I love the fabric you chose for both of them.

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« Reply #7 on: July 20, 2009 07:13:49 PM »

REally nice!  I like the purple one, but I can see why you hoarded the other fabric.  It is gorgeous!  I think it would be worth it to alter it so you like it better, 'cause it would be awesome! 

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« Reply #8 on: July 20, 2009 11:07:45 PM »

both look really great, i especially love the first one, i love purple too Cheesy

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« Reply #9 on: July 21, 2009 03:16:58 AM »

they're both beautiful and the pattern suits you veeery well. great job!

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