Thursday, June 20, 2013

Finally, a finished project!

Now, this is the not the garment previously discussed in the last post...BUT I'm taking it as a win anyway. Apparently yesterday, the gods were smiling, because not only was I showered, with make-up AND decent hair, I was also wearing a new, handmade dress AND I remembered to take a photo. Truly, a blessed day. Anyway, moving on...

Last month I needed a new dress for work, so I dug around in my stash and came up with this number. I used View C from Butterick 5794 - a fairly straight forward knit dress with a cowl neck, 3/4 sleeves and a slightly hi-low hemline. I used a polyester based knit from East Coast Fabrics. I like the colours, but wouldn't have been devastated if it hadn't worked out.

Seeing as though I don't have the same figure shape as the model, I did have to do a bit of modification to get it to fit me, and to move that waist seamline, but nothing too major. It was a very quick and easy garment to sew.

And here I submit proof that I actually can, and do, sew instead of just planning... :)

  • Bust 46.75", Waist 42.5" and Hips 49" - size selected 24W
  • Added extra width through the waist area - subsequently removed. This dress runs a little large.
  • Raised waist seam (to more of an empire line) by ~ 2"
  • Narrowed sleeve towards the bottom so it would stay up when I pushed the sleeves up.
  • Used serger mostly, although gathering done on sewing machine, coverstitch used on hems
  • Used seam tape on shoulder seams and a tiny spot of Fray Check on coverstitched hems as I've been having a little trouble lately with the hems coming undone.
  • Dress was a bit big overall, but that was easily rectified.
  • Neck/collar is a bit floppy for my liking.
For Future Versions:
  • Remove waist seam
  • Check notches on sleeves, I think they're twisting in the armhole (either I missed the notches or they weren't there. Not prepared to commit at this stage.)
  • Either use lightweight knit interfacing on collar to give it some body or reshape the pattern piece.
  • Raise front neckline by 1" (for work modesty).


  1. Fab dress - love the fabric and the interesting hemline. Well done on a finish!

  2. Looks fabulous Kelley. I know what you mean about showered, hair etc!

  3. Loving your dress. Great fabric. Looks nice and warm for winter.

  4. Love how your dressed turned out. It looks good on you.