At last! A “me made” garment post!! Yay!! 🙂
This was the first dress that I made following my sewing hiatus. I put this dress together from cutting to hemming in one day — or about 6-7 hours or so. The only thing that I didn’t finish on it was the belt, but honestly, I’m happy wearing a RTW belt with this dress.
The pattern I used is Butterick 5982. It’s a simple pleated and gathered dress with neckline and sleeve variations, plus it has the option to make a skirt with contrasting colors.
This dress has an early 1960’s feel and is similar to one of my favorite patterns, Simplicity 2444. I might actually like this pattern a little better. It’s easy to put together and sew and doesn’t have many pattern pieces which makes it a bit quicker to put together. I like both the V and the boatneck and the silhouette is one that compliments me. In fact, I already made another version and plan on making at least two more! It’s a very versatile pattern as well as being quite comfortable to wear.
This version is made of a red linen/rayon blend fabric that I found at Joann’s. I had been eyeing it for a little while and finally decided to purchase it. I am really liking linen blends this year and along with eyelets, I think they are going to be my “go to” fabrics for spring and summer. I lined the bodice with white cotton batiste, but unfortunately didn’t get a photo of the inside to show you.
This pattern has pleats in the front and back with gathers that run from front to back. I wasn’t following the directions and failed to notice the “gathered” part on the piece, so I didn’t do any gathering on this dress. Instead, I continued with the pleating as there was extra fabric…. yeah…. dummy….. extra fabric for gathering!
Unfortunately, I learned a lesson whilst wearing this dress. I am pretty lazy about pre-treating fabrics…… I do it with challis and wool blends and fabrics that I think might shrink in the wash or when dry cleaned. This is the second time I have worked with linen and the previous time I didn’t prewash the eggplant linen that I used with no problem and yet this one DEFINITELY CAUSED ME A PROBLEM. I wore this dress the day after I made it to a sewing/quilting show in San Mateo and it bled all over my white purse. 🙁 Yes, this red dye leaked all over and stained. It even left red marks on the tan interior of my car! I’m guessing that body heat + red dye = a big hot mess. That was indeed a lesson to me and you can learn by my mistake and be forewarned of bright red dye and linen — especially this one from Joann’s. I have been working on the stains on my white purse, using a mixture of distilled white vinegar, Dawn and water and it’s been fading. If you have any other advice — let me know! It’s a white vinyl Dooney and Bourke that I just got for Christmas from my husband, so not something that I want to dispose of.
For the back of this dress I put in an invisible zipper that I exposed a little bit as I wanted a little contrast in the back. I also took out the back dart in the bodice as I wanted a little more room, but I wish I would have just left them there. With my next version I did leave the back darts and liked it better.
And how do you like my photobomber in the background?
Overall, I really do love this pattern. It’s a classic and clean silhouette which can be dressed up or down and I’m looking forward to making a few more!
Dress: Butterick 5982 in red rayon/linen made by me
Shoes: LK Bennett
Sunglasses: Kate Spade
Jewelry: Bauble Bar