Monday, 27 April 2015

Butterick 5982, a bit of Great British Sewing Bee Inspiration for Spring for Cotton challenge


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With the sun shining beautifully last week, I felt the need to make a summery dress and at the last minute I also wanted to enter Lucille's Spring for Cotton challenge.  Ever since the first episode of The Great British Sewing Bee series 3 I had been lusting after Lorna's poppy dress (couldn't get a better picture than this).



I tracked down the fabric on Ebay (just entered poppy fabric in the search).


 
 
I chose Butterick 5982 version C (centre), which has a bit of a vintage 50's influence.  It's taken me two years to finally understand that most patterns are made for a B cup (I have to ask why, is this the commonest cup size?).  So I am looking now for patterns which come in different cup sizes, and this pattern comes in A-D sizes.   This made fitting the bust much easier without the hassle of a full-bust adjustment.
 
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I love the skirt, it's full but not too bulky which is a more flattering style.


I've photographed it on the inside so that you can get a better view.  There is a flat panel at the centre front and the back, then two pleats followed by fairly heavy gathering round the front to the back pleats.

 
 
I have to say though, there is a bit of a Marilyn effect in the wind!
 
 
I like it with or without a belt (and pearls of course!)




The pattern called for a bodice lining, but I felt for summer this wouldn't really enhance the style or wearability, so I drafted a facing.  I had 2.11 metres of fabric and there wasn't enough for a self-facing so I used some black cotton.  Also not enough fabric for any attempt at pattern matching or placing.


The 'v' worked reasonably well and I top-stitched around the neck rather than understitching.





I cut a size 14 and the fit is pretty good, but needed small adjustments:

Added 3" to the length
Shortened the bodice by 1"
Increased the seam allowance on the zip by 1" at the waist
Moved the shoulder seams lower  by 5/8" and then lowered the arm scythe by 1/2"

The sleeves feel a little tight and I would put a bit more fabric in them and lower the arm scythe by 5/8" next time and I think there will be a next time.  I think this is a very versatile vintage-style dress which I hope to perfect.    The Spring for Cotton challenge finishes on April 30th so I was against the clock!  I cut out the pattern and dress on Friday night, did about 2 hours on Saturday and finished on Sunday, so for me a really quick make!

4 comments:

  1. Beautiful dres, and I like that fabric!

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  2. Thanks Rachael. Lovely to hear from you. I think the dress would look kind of cute in your flamingo fabric which I adored in your suit!

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  3. It's sensational with the pearls and black belt. I've said it before but you're really good at matching the right fabric to the right pattern. The nice weather (although it's vanished - it's freezing here today!) always makes me want to have a bash at a very, very simple summery top, in a nice floaty floral. Nothing fancy, just something easy that I can wear with jeans or cropped trousers. I'll have to be brave and have a go.

    I've really enjoyed my catch up here Mags, I love seeing what you've been making. Hope you're having a good week. xx

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    1. Hi Gillian, lovely to hear from you and your kind comments, particularly appreciated when you have so much on! Do have a go at a top, it's a real buzz making something you can wear, great fun! The trick is to get the right pattern and fabric to give you the best chance of success. Tana lawn is a good choice and not to expensive on ebay! Have a great week. Xxx

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