Monday, July 18, 2011

Works in Progress

I've got three dresses currently under construction. At this point they are all waiting for finishing work, as I have to let the hems hang before I can finish them. Then they just need a few hooks and eyes, snaps and so forth. Two of them also get belts, but I haven't gotten around to that yet. Here's a sneak peak at a couple of them. I don't actually have pictures of the first one yet, but this is the pattern I used for it.

Apparently it's no longer available from Butterick, even as an OOP, but there do seem to be a few copies floating around on Etsy and other places. I'm using some vintage fabric that mom gave me for my birthday this past year. It's a very light, white cotton with almost flocked looking red dots and a very light check pattern.

The one on the left, obviously.
The second two I have a few "in progress" pictures of, although both are more complete than when I took the photos.

The first is from Butterick 4512, also unavailable now.

I used a white cotton with light blue, irregular polka-dots. I really love the way it's turning out. I really love the pattern much more than I was anticipating. The only thing that would make it better would be some pockets! Maybe next time...

The last dress is one that I drafted myself (more or less). The bodice is from a basic block pattern that I drafted a few years ago and use frequently, and the skirt is an amalgamation of bits from two other dress patterns that I've used in the past. It's a rayon challis print that I bought with the intention of making a 1940s bathing suit from and Evadress pattern, but after I finished my maxi-dress I decided it was so comfortable I wanted another challis dress to wear. I'm super happy with how it turned out. The neckline and armholes are finished now, and all I have to do is put snaps in the side and hem it once it's hung for a few days.

The armholes took a bit of tweaking because of how the fabric stretched (This may also have been an issue that I had with the pattern before and just don't remember). However, now everything is laying nicely and sits pretty evenly. It's feels great and I really love the fit. This is definitely one that I'd love to make again. Maybe a solid black, something a little more formal, with some extra-special detailing? Hmmm....


  1. Love the self-drafted dress. I can see with some gorgeous jewel bright wedges.

  2. Both of your dresses turned out fabulously! They both fit so well! Can't wait to see the third dress. :]

  3. Beautiful dresses! I can't wait to see more photos! You're convincing me that maybe I need to pick up a copy of Butterick 4512! I love the way the neckline slopes in--so beautiful!

  4. wow, both dresses are wonderful.
    Btw: I really love your blog, you sew such wonderful dresses.
    Greetings from Germany, Muriel

  5. I have a dress made from the first pattern and I adore it! Mine is in a light blue floral.

  6. Los dos vestidos son absolutamente adorables, muy dentro de la linea que usted ama(y yo me incluyo en ello, también) pero el vestido de lunares me tiene absolutamente enamorada!! Increíble su capacidad de trabajo!!!


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