Hello again! It’s good to be back.
I almost wasn’t sure if I was going to come back to this blog. I love writing about the things I have made but the reasons why I am doing it were all starting to get a bit blurred.
I found myself getting stressed about timescales and future blog ideas and thinking about myself in terms of a brand. My blog was starting to feel like the beginnings of a business and, frankly, that’s not why I do this. I have a sewing related job (as a school textiles teacher) that I love and work incredibly hard at…. this blog and the sewing I do at home are my hobbies and something I do for fun not work. I guess I needed a couple of weeks to step back from it, clear my head and let it become fun again.
So I slowly started making what is essentially my dream dress – Butterick B6446 in a blue and white gingham.
I made view A – which is the shortest length skirt of the three. It is still pretty long though – finishing just below the knee on my 5ft 5 frame.
The bodice is a fully lined mock wrap, attached to an a-line skirt with in-seam pockets and a centre back zip.
I did a couple of toiles to get the fit right on this. In case you don’t know, Butterick Patterns have the finished garment measurements printed on the tissue paper pattern pieces. I found my bust measurement (size 12) and traced that initially but then had to make adjustments to the shoulder and waist sizes, which I did by measuring the pattern pieces and altering them to my exact body measurements plus a bit of ease and seam allowance. This gave me my first toile, which was a reasonable fit but still needed some fullness removing from the high bust area and also I had a bit of gaping on the back neckline.
If you are new to dress making and the thought of fitting patterns like this seems like a step too far, then please let me recommend this book to you: The Complete Photo Guide to Perfect Fitting by Sarah Veblen. It’s one of the best I have come across on fitting.
The B6446 pattern itself is very straight forward, though at times I felt a bit like I was doing origami with with the bodice. That might have had something to do with end of term tiredness though.
I am really pleased with the finished dress, I wore it on my birthday yesterday and felt great in it. I’m looking forward to wearing her while sipping cocktails beneath the hot Mediterranean sunshine on holiday next week. Bliss.
Until next time…