Sunday, 30 August 2015

Lisette B6168 and a birthday safari

I'm not sure what drew me to this pattern because it isn't my usual style.  It is Lisette B6168 and I do like the bodice very much, just a bit different.

lisette for butterick B6168 sewing pattern

The fabric used is a polyester linen look with a little stretch so that I didn't need to make an fba.  It's the same fabric I use for my McCalls 5523.

I cut my usual size 14 grading to a 12 at the waist.  I raised the waist by 3/4" because this is what I usually do, but I have to say I think it would be better a little lower.  I reduced the shoulder width by 5/8" and took about 1 inch from the top of the back at the zip grading down.

Now the observant among you may notice that the skirt in my dress is not the same as in the pattern which is gathered.  The picture below will show you how this looks!  Yes, great as a maternity dress.  At this point I nearly put the dress in the UFO pile, I mean what possessed me to think that a dress like this would suit anyone who is not a size 8!  I thought I would have one try unpicking the skirt and pleating it rather than gathering it.  Much better.

I have got a bit of wear out of the dress, though it's not my favourite and not one I will be making again.

Now please excuse me indulging a little.  Yesterday was Dan's 24th birthday and we went to Dalton Wildlife Park.

It was the best day of the summer.  Lovely weather, lovely company and so much to see.

We've been many times, and it is one of our favourite days out.  Dan and Gemma live only 10 minutes away now.

The best part was hand-feeding the lemurs, Oliver the Kangaroo

a capybara and even a prairie dog!  What a treat.


  1. What a difference the cut of the skirt makes to how well it suits you! I avoid anything empire line for the same reason, it just accentuates my tummy. Your family day out looks like brilliant fun - love the photo of you and Dan.

  2. Thanks Gillian. I have a habit of not thinking a pattern through enough, especially if I've seen it look great on someone else who may be tall and willowy!