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Friday, February 26, 2016

Butterick 5778

Keeping with my New Year's resolutions of sewing up "new to me" patterns, I thought that this Butterick 5778 looked like a nice dress.

I hesitated because of the raised waist of the dress.  I was afraid it would look too "maternity" for me. 

Butterick 5778

The pattern does NOT have the finished measurements on the pattern.  I had to measure the pieces out and grade accordingly.  I was surprised that I didn't need a large amount added for a full bust adjustment.  I used a 20 for the neck, shoulder and armholes and a size 24 for the skirt.  I also used my knit armhole template for the armholes and used my flutter sleeve pattern for this version.

My Personal Fitting Chart looks like jibber-jabber but it works for me and I've learned to use it for a good fit for me.


Personal Fitting Chart

I found 3 yards of a 1-way stretch fabric in my stash.  It must have been a given to me, I don't think I would have purchased this floral.....!

The patterns called for two-way stretch but I wasn't thinking too clear and I chose a one-way stretch fabric for this muslin.

Sometimes stretch confuses me but finding this definition helps:

One-way: stretch on the crossgrain, no recovery (no lycra)
Two way: stretch and recover on the crossgrain (contains lycra)
Four-way: Stretch and recover on both the crossgrain and lengthwise grains (contains lycra)


Dear Hubby said the floral print reminded him of Mama from the show Mama's Family!  I just need some knee highs rolled down and white shoes and my pearls!

Mama's Family

Thelma Harper

The directions were very easy and well explained.  The only mistake I made was when I attached the bodice to the skirt, I serged them together, I should have stitched them together so that you can add elastic to the waist seam allowance later.  It didn't effect the fit of the dress.  I will try using elastic in the waist for the next version.


Butterick 5778


Butterick 5778 Dress


Butterick 5778


Butterick 5778-Back View
Flutter sleeves were pretty.  It makes the dress have a kimono look to me.


Butterick 5778-Flutter Sleeve


Butterick 5778-Flutter Sleeve
 
The cowl is a little low for my liking but it gives me a great excuse to wear my new modesty panel I made.  I have a wearable muslin and a great pattern to work with.


Butterick 5778 Floral Dress

Overall, I really like this pattern.  I can see making it in a solid and even another print.  I love the fit and the high waist is very flattering on my shape.  I think a sleeveless for the summer and a straight sleeve for Church will be in the works soon!

Until next time.................

Bonnie

10 comments:

  1. Can you post or email me a copy of your personal fitting chart. THanks in advance. ms_sunshne@hotmail.com

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  2. The dress is great (love the sleeve choice)and the style is one I would probably wear as a summer maxi dress. It is certainly worth remaking in another type of fabric.

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    1. The next version is even better! Maxi is a great idea too!

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  3. Pretty dress. If you feel it's too much floral, a dark color jacket or cardigan would tone it down.

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    1. Yes, I've worn it with a black sweater cardigan and it does help. Maybe even a denim jacket. Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. Great dress! It does look a little Mama's Family now that you show the photo right there. But I don't think I would have thought that without the prompting. The colors are very pretty.

    I had to get this pattern recently from Ebay after I was going through my old issues of Threads and noticed the version on the cover of the July 2013 issue. They colorblocked the center front piece in a different fabric in the same color family and I just loved it. Plus, I'm obsessed with cowl necks now that I've discovered that they actually look nice on us larger busted gals. I haven't made it up yet, but I hope to soon!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by and the kind comments. I am really liking this pattern. I've made a muslin and now two more dresses. I'm really loving the pattern. BTY the cowl does hang a little low and the belt on the front can be a little tricky. Other than that it's a great pattern and I hope to see what you make with it!

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  5. I love the dress and I've always wanted to make that pattern. The "Mama's Family" stuff is cracking me up! That was the best!

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