Sunday, December 16, 2012

Christmas Dress, Butterick B5523

Butterick B5523
 My Christmas dress this year is COMFY!  I used a rayon ponte double knit in Christmas red and Butterick B5523 to make a perfectly comfy and cute dress.  A few reviews on PatternReview mentioned the bust was "snug."  I did a FBA and almost went up a size due to the knit not being super stretchy.  I came back down to my original size and whipped up the dress in 48 hours for a Christmas party.  My only changes are the FBA and I used my coverstitch machine on the hems.  A note for others about the pleats:  it takes a firm fabric to hold the pleats, but the pleats are shallow and would hold a better pleat if they were deeper....

Butterick B5523

Merry Christmas!

5 comments:

  1. Lovely! You did a FBA? I don't see a dart. Is there a way to do that without making a dart? Can you point me in the right direction to learn how to do that?

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    1. I debated about that very topic. I read a few reference books and found a note in Connie Crawford's book about t-shirt fitting. She stated something about adding fabric and working with the shoulder seams until you got a fit. That is what I did. I added width and length to the bust area and then messed around with the shoulder seam until it was satisfactory to my 48 hour of construction needs. Hope that helps!

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    2. Thanks. I'll have to try that. So much of sewing is just hands on experimenting! :)

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  2. The dress is so pretty and looks lovely on you!

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