Butterick 5871 See and Sew: easy peasy floral dress
This is a Butterick See and Sew pattern. This pattern sells for £3 from my local fabric market stall. It says on the envelope “YES!” It’s easy”. And YES. I agree.
This pattern says it is designed for moderate stretch knits only. It has pattern 4 pieces, with 2 separate pieces provided for the bodice lining. I made view A, which has an asymetrical neckline, shoulder pleats and pleats to one side of the skirt front. I chose to fully line the dress by using the back skirt piece to form the skirt lining and bagging the lining – so not only are there no sleeves or zip to insert, I didn’t even hem the thing! Perfect for a newbie who wants to try sewing a knit dress.
The fabric is some kind of ponte weight jersey but which has a finish almost like neoprene (?) to it. I don’t know exactly what its composition is. It was a remnant piece I picked up off ebay. I do love the bright colours. Actually I went to one of those Colour Me Beautiful events earlier this week (not a proper consultation) and from the survey I am apparently a dramatist (husband, if you are reading this, keep quiet!): that means I dress so that when I walk in to a room I want to be noticed. hahaha. Let’s not take that conversation any further.
Back to the dress/ pattern. I love the pattern. I can see myself making it several times over, in all colours. There are a couple of things I would change next time round:
1. I would lengthen the bodice. Probably by an inch or so.
2. I would possibly cut the bodice a smidge smaller.
I am not a huge fan of the elasticated waist, but this is an EASY make people. You could easily sew this up in a matter of hours. I will probably try and hide the waist with a belt of some kind.
Fitted dress with tapered skirt has lined bodice and elasticized waist. I made view A.
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Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Were the instructions easy to follow?
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
This is such a quick and easy make! And I love the simple elegance of this sheath style dress. The shoulder pleats, the asymetric neckline and the tummy flattering pleats. There is nothing I dislike as such. I don’t love the elasticated waist, but this is an EASY make and you could hide it with a belt.
I am not sure. It like a ponte, but with a finish like neoprene.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I added 3 inches to the length. I fully lined the dress, using the skirt back piece to form the skirt lining. I cut off 1 and 1/4 inch from the lining and serged the bottom of the lining to the bottom of the skirt, right sides together, then turned it right way out to bag the lining. Nex time round I would probably add an inch to the length of the bodice and possibly cut it a smidge smaller.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes and yes!
I highly recommend this dress. It is simple, quick and elegant, and could easily become a wardrobe staple.