Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Pattern Review: Butterick 5950 Knit Dress

I used another piece of fabric from my Los Angeles trip to make Butterick 5950

Pattern Description: Close-fitting dress has neckline and pleat variations, elasticized (seamed) waist, and invisible back zipper. C: bias front bodice. 
Pattern Sizing:  Sizes 8-24.  I made View C, sleeveless, in a size 10.  It's, a perfect fit!.
Did it look like the phone/drawing on the pattern envelope once you done sewing with it?  Yes, it looks like the drawing. 
Were the instructions easy to follow?  Yes, they were very easy, so easy that I didn't use them.   

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?  I really like the way the pleats.  I also like the way the bodice fits, I didn't have to add any elastic to make it lay flat.  I don't have any dislikes. 

Fabric used: The pattern is designed for Medium Weight Moderate Stretch Knits.  I used a black and white houndstooth Knit from a fabric store in LA.

Pattern changes or design changes made: The fabric is really stretchy, so I removed the  zipper and the back bodice seam.  I also omitted the sleeves from View C and added a couple of inches to the length. 

Which sewing machine(s) did you use for construction? I used  my serger for most of the construction. 

Will you sew it again? I don't have any plans for making it again, but you  never know. 

Conclusion:  I like dresses and houndstooth.  This is the best of both worlds.  I love this dress!
With a sweater.


Saturday, July 19, 2014

It's been a long time

Shout out to Debbie Bennett, for reminding how much time had lapsed since my last post. 

It's been a while--sew, let me catch you up...May was a very exciting month.  I won a $25 voucher from G Street Fabrics for sharing my work in the first week. Thanks G Street Fabrics!!  
I spent the second week in Los Angeles with my daughter and in-laws.  Thanks to Kelly Horton's recommendation, I ventured out to the fabric district.  I browsed several, twenty, thirty, maybe more, fabric stores and purchased a few pieces from Michael Levine Fabrics, Lady Fabric and Fashion Deco Fabrics. I stopped at JoAnn's leaving the fabric district and picked up a couple of more pieces of fabric.  Not that I needed anymore, but as I've said before, "Hi, my name is April and I'm a fabric-holic."
 I used one piece of my new fabric purchase on Vogue 8946. 


A close-fitting, partially lined dress has front seam/dart detail, pleats, narrow hem and back zipper.  It was a very easy pattern, that I love.  I used a two-way stretch fabric from JoAnn Fabrics in Los Angeles and lined it with a knit from G-Street Fabrics.  The pattern called for a zipper in the back, but the fabric and lining were both stretchy enough, that I didn't need one.  I'll definitely make this dress again and I highly recommend it to others.  One down, five to go!
I also joined the Make a Garment a Month Challenge.  Thanks for adding me, but with all the graduations and celebrations, I didn't get a lot of sewing done.