Saturday, May 4, 2013

Butterick 5748

This is the dress from the Alison Esther Spring 2013 RTW Collection I designed for my sketching class!


I used Butterick #5748, a reissued vintage pattern from 1960.

The fabric is a Quilter's Showcase quilting cotton from Jo-Ann Fabrics.

Total Cost: $8.42
  • Fabric: $5.98
  • Bias Tape: $1.19
  • Zipper: $1.25



This dress is also my entry into I Heart Fabric's Copy Cat Challenge. It was inspired by both of these dresses I found on Pinterest:

 

I made a few changes to the original pattern.  I added gathered sleeves from Simplicity #1650 because I'm all about making dresses with sleeves right now and I adore gathered ones.


Instead of lining the whole dress I used bias tape to finish my edges.

Another mismatched zipper...

The pattern calls for a side zipper but I couldn't get the dress on so I had to move it to the back.  This caused problems with the bow.  I could only sew it to one side of the zipper and this made it all floppy.  So, in a moment of genius (if I do say so myself) I came up with a solution:

Ignore the terrible #pinterestfail manicure.
I also shortened the skirt by like a foot. 


AND I hand-hemmed the whole skirt.  I thought it would take days but it really didn't take very long.  I even made sure to avoid sewing over the white dots to make my hem invisible.


Sox was wicked helpful during the construction of this dress:


9 comments:

  1. Sox deserves a rest after making your whole dress (and you took all the credit while he's napping, how could you?!) Cute dress!

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    1. Hahaha he's such a hard worker, I know. And thank you!

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  2. Oh my gosh Alison!! haha you seriously read my mind, I was just in the works of creating the EXACT SAME DRESS. Like literally the same pattern and sleeves and all, I was just waiting on finding the perfect fabric. haha how funny, great minds think alike I guess. :) And yours turned out SO cute. I love the sleeves of course and the length is so perfect on you, not too short and "booty call-ish" (ha) but not too long and boring either. Great job girl!

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    1. You have fabulous taste. And thank you very much! I did consider using these cool pleated sleeves from Simplicity 1873 but they didn't feel right with this dress. I'm definitely going to use them for something in the future. I'm all about sleeves, especially unusual ones. I'm making tulip sleeves for a dress right now, actually.

      And I am enjoying our Lookbook friendship as well haha.

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  3. Gorgeous!!! Love the shoes too. Great hemming on the dress.

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    1. Thank you! The shoes are from Shoedazzle. I have found some really great stuff on their site - especially winter boots. You should check it out.

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  4. Sox is an adorable name for a cat

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    1. He was almost Tom Brady but Sox seemed more appropriate.

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  5. cute! and good save on the bow. i love how it dips down in the back and then has the bow. great job on the hem, too, you can't even see the stitches. that cat is ridiculously adorable, btw.

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