OOP Butterick 4657: DIY Ruched Liberty Cotton Lawn Summer Dress
The suggested fabrics for this dress are chiffon, georgette, charmeuse and crepe back satin. Ordinarily, cotton maybe too bulky to make this dress work, but of course, I was not using “ordinary” cotton, but rather, the extraordinary Liberty Cotton lawn, which is fine and soft.
The whole dress is underlined with a fine cotton lawn, and the same cotton lawn used to line the dress as well. I used the finest, softest interfacing I could get my hands on to preserve the drape of the lawn. Here are some inside shots:
I think I cut close to 70 individual pieces of fabric and interfacing to make this dress. Overlays of the fashion fabric are gathered on to the interfaced underlining, which acts as a stay for the gathered fashion fabric, and then the lining is sewn in.
Oh yes, I didn’t use the skirt that the pattern comes with. I swapped it out for a softly gathered one instead.
Overall, I was proud of myself for completing this dress. I think the fit is good….IF I ever made this dress again (unlikely!) I would perhaps make it slighly smaller in the shoulders. But this is a classic dress made in a classic fabric that I will be happy to wear over and over when we finally get some warmer weather. The midriff section makes it very flattering. I think I might even enter it in the Sew Dolly Clackett contest as I think Roisin would look fabulous in a dress like this!
Dress in two lengths has wrapped gathered front and sleeves, gathered middle section, back zipper and flared skirt with shaped hemline. A: knee length. B: mid-calf length.
6 – 20
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
The bodice part, yes. I substituted the skirt for a different one.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I love the overall shaping. It is very feminine and flattering, with the ruched overlays and the midriff section. The instructions tell you to sew in an invisible zip, which I did, and it does work, but there is quite a lot of bulk at the midriff area. I don’t know if a hand picked zip would be better? Be warned, I cut close to 70 individual pieces for this dress, including underlining, interfacing and lining.
Liberty cotton lawn outer fabric; cotton lawn for the underlining and lining and a very very light, fine interfacing. You can read about the fabric I used here.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
1 inch sway back alteration. Raised the front by 1.5 cm. Changed the skirt to a softly gathered one.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Doubt I will sew again. I would recommend it, although the pattern is now OOP. I think it would also make a fab wedding dress.
I classic, feminine dress made from a classic Liberty print. Love it!