I am proud to present my finished turquoise and yellow dress, finally!! : ) After all the pattern alteration drama and muslin frustration, I think this dress actually came out pretty nicely. I love the color combination and the slim cut of the dress, and I can’t wait to show up at my lab looking fabulous in this baby. It was a lot of work, but I’m calling it a success! : )
Pattern: Butterick 5353, fitted dress with circular neckband
Fabric: Turquoise and yellow are Kona cotton by Robert Kaufman; polka dot lining is Vivie Sprinkle by Alexander Henry. 100% cotton.
Modifications: Not too bad, despite all the fitting drama. Added 1 inch in length right above the waistband (a regular adjustment for my long torso), removed about 1/2 inch from the front armhole area, and took in about 1 inch in the back shoulder area (essentially adding shoulder darts in the princess seams; required adding about 1/2 inch of length at the top of the side back pieces). I cut a size 10 for the bodice and waist, and between a 10 and 12 for the skirt. The 14 corresponded to my actual measurements but was WAY TOO BIG.
Level of crafty satisfaction: Love it!! And pretty proud of myself for turning a mess into a nice dress. 🙂
Lots more photos below!
And a few photos of the last few finishing steps:
I attached the lining to the zipper tape by hand, as usual.
The bottom of the zipper came out ok, not great, but who cares! No one will see it (except you). : )
I always struggle with creating a neat-looking center back neck area. This one came out ok. I’m not thrilled with the folded-over ends of the zipper tape sticking out like that, but my patience for fighting with these things is very low. It’s close enough, and no one will see it!
I’m happy with the smooth finish on the outside, so I’m calling it a success. I’m high-fiving myself for getting the two sides to come out at exactly the same height! Yes!!
A simple machine hem to finish everything off. The lining hem is about an inch higher than the outside hem. I keep thinking about doing a fancy hem with ribbon or hem tape, but by the time I get to sewing the hem, I just want to be DONE already!
On the hangar, all done. : )
And such a cute lining!
Hope you enjoyed following the progress of this crazy roller-coaster ride of a dress. I’m very much looking forward to a drama-free yellow polka dot dress now that all the fit issues have been worked out. Here’s to re-using (altered) patterns and cranking out garments!
Now where should I wear my fabulous new dress? : )