Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Sunny Dress (Butterick 5780)

Edited to add a photo that better shows the lines of the dress:

I loved the lines of this dress when I saw the pattern introduced. In spite of the difficulties mentioned in the lone review at PR, I decided to make it anyway. It was a challenge!! The bodice construction was quite clever but I could have used more directions and/or illustrations in the pattern to help me through. I'm happy with how it turned out (but secretly, very glad it's done!!)

Pattern: Butterick 5780 with modified sleeve
Fabric: A medium weight ponte knit
Omitted zipper

 Jazz Hands for Nancy!

More details related to the construction in my PR review here.

The Dress that wanted to be a Tunic (B5495)

Edited to add the tunic versus dress photo:

There are many great versions of this pattern out there. Some people have made it as a top, some as a tunic and some as a dress. I was really inspired by Lori's versions (Girls in the Garden) and decided to make it as a dress. But after I got it done, I just wasn't sure if I should leave it a dress. I've made quite a few knit dresses with a busy pattern and I find that I only want to wear them a couple times and then I get tired of them. The same thing does not happen with tops, oddly enough. But I still couldn't decide so I posed it to my Facebook sewing group. Probably 30 people responded and don't ya know, it was split right down the middle. What finally pushed me to the tunic was that I needed a comfy outfit to wear for the shopping day during PR NYC in May.

The pattern is Butterick 5495 (View A lengthened) and the fabric is an ITY I purchased in Austin last November at a PR weekend.

I never took any photos of myself in this but here are a few others took at Mood.

Here I am with Swatch the Mood "mascot".

Here I am with Sherril, Meg, Connie and Karen.