Butterick 5522: Trina Turk Inspired Dress

29 Jan

I like that it was my frequent companion’s birthday dinner and I made a dress for ME! Yes, that’s right. Part of my gift to him is to look awesome. I think that is not only fair and equitable, but simply the law of man.

Butterick 5522 (above) is inspired by designer Trina Turk. I only know this because Cindy did an ah-Mazing job knocking it off before the pattern even came out.

I know there is the occasional chatter on not posting reviews on PatternReview.com any more because of the lack of comments. I’ve been remiss in not posting reviews lately too.  I still find the reviews incredibly helpful. Well, good reviews are incredibly helpful.  Reviewers generally noted the lack of shape in the dress. But,this is not something I found. As I noted in my earlier post, I made a dartless FBA. I suspect I either could have made a bigger adjustment (as told by some folds pointing to my bust) or actually put in darts. Also, I could benefit from teeny shoulder pads in this dress.

I didn’t find the dress tentlike at all. Perhaps because I’m sewing a size I wore a few years and pounds ago (!). But, more likely because I measured out the pattern  :) The color of this double knit is a blood red. This piece is another gem from the Carol Collection. The color is brighter in these photos because my beloved SLR is in the shop. So, I’m working with a point a shoot for the next few weeks.

I made a 3/4 inch swayback adjustment and omitted the zipper. I could easily have done 1.5 inches and had a nicer fit in the back. The poly doubleknit is super stable and I do a bit of wiggle to get the dress on.

I hemmed by two inches from the length. Interfaced the hems and edges and used a twin needle to top stitch the hem. I really kind of wanted something shorter. In retrospect, it’s not gonna really be work appropriate at this length.  But, I wasn’t thinking about work when I sewed it!

The sleeves are somewhat bell shaped and pieced together.  I didn’t find them to be crazy large. Maybe in a drapier fabric they would seem more elaborate. I think I would have like a larger bell. But, again, I’m a dramatic kind of girl.

Overall I am very happy with this dress. It works super well on my figure and gives a lot of fashion impact with minimal effort. What’s even better is I’ve seen some women in the RTW version of this. Heh.

Finally, here is a photo with the birthday boy. Don’t worry, we didn’t have dinner in a basement. This is the afterparty with his friends.

And, after my pontificating, I dare not neglect  my review on PR.

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62 Responses to “Butterick 5522: Trina Turk Inspired Dress”

  1. prttynpnk January 29, 2012 at 11:44 #

    I love it! It’s lovely on you. On pattern review, i admit I don’t comment so much- if they have a blog I get so interested in all that that I forget to comment, but I do love a well written review. Thanks for this!

  2. mrsmole January 29, 2012 at 11:46 #

    Oooo Weeeee You look so stylish and comfortable and dare I say RADIANT! It fits great for a slip-over-your-head dress and the sleeves…well hello….how Art-Deco can you get?
    And what a reward for all that hard work…a dreamy date with a handsome man!

  3. trish January 29, 2012 at 12:03 #

    I love this dress on you!!! And in both colors! It is just perfect!!

  4. Shirley January 29, 2012 at 12:29 #

    I love this dress and love it on you. I had a very similar dress during the 70′s. It was navy blue with lime green inserts. I think the bell sleeves were even lined in lime green. It was one of my favorites.

    You and your companion look very cute together.

    • Miss Celie January 29, 2012 at 20:00 #

      What a GREAT colour combo idea! I’m writing it down because I’d really like to make this up again.

  5. GPetunia January 29, 2012 at 13:15 #

    Wow, you couldn’t possibly look prettier in another color! The fit in front is perfect. I would try increasing width across entire back from neck to hem before making another swayback adjustment.

    I would never have thought about this pattern for myself until I saw how great yours looks! Thanks for sharing your pictures.

    • Miss Celie January 29, 2012 at 20:01 #

      That’s not a bad idea! I will. The knit also has very little give.

  6. ReRe January 29, 2012 at 13:17 #

    Oh my you are rocking that dress. Every since you posted some construction pics, i have been PRESSED for you to post the finished dress. You did not dissapoint. I cannot wait until I can sew something that looks this good. Thanks for the detailed review and a pic of your handsome companion. Were there any hiccups in the instructions? I will go read your patternreview post now and comment. Thanks

    • Miss Celie January 29, 2012 at 20:02 #

      No hiccups at all! The pattern is well drafted and went together incredibly fast. Even those sleeves.

  7. Elizabeth January 29, 2012 at 13:22 #

    You totally knocked this one out of the park. Gorgeous. I love this red on you too!

  8. Tina B January 29, 2012 at 13:46 #

    You two are adorable, and that dress is amazing! You look great in it. I admit I’m a teensy bit afraid of sewing those sleeves (I’m sure I’ll end up with puckers) but I might have to get over my fear. I LOVE the color combo together and on you. Really nicely done!

  9. Karima January 29, 2012 at 14:08 #

    The dress is great. Love the color and it looks great on you. Great job.

  10. spottedroo January 29, 2012 at 14:09 #

    Super cute! The color is fantastic on you and I love the patterned sleeves.

  11. Jill January 29, 2012 at 14:13 #

    That dress is completely perfect for you. I love the shape and the color!

  12. Erica B January 29, 2012 at 14:38 #

    Great dress and it looks terrific on you!

  13. Carolyn January 29, 2012 at 14:48 #

    Looks fantastic on you! But I knew it would…it’s a perfect dress for you.

    BTW, I think the reason there are fewer comments on PR now is because there are soooooo many reviews posted.

    • Miss Celie January 29, 2012 at 20:03 #

      There are soooo many reviews. And, I don’t post nearly as much as I used to. It sometimes feels like I’m repeating myself. And, I sew so much Burda and they are hardly reviewed (comparatively speaking) that I don’t always look for those. I love blogs. I develop relationships with the writers (you!).

  14. Sandy in W January 29, 2012 at 14:59 #

    You are a KNOCK-OUT in this dress!!!. It lights up your face. It’s perfect for your figure. I absolutely love it!

  15. Lakaribane January 29, 2012 at 15:02 #

    I love the colors you chose, very nice “bright” twist on the colorblocking. And it doesn’t look shapeless at all on you: the skirt looks a bit flared and I knew that the sleeves were bell shaped.

    (Question: Are you wearing sheer pantyhose?)

    • Miss Celie January 29, 2012 at 20:04 #

      I am! It was the perfect match for me. I bought (no joking) 25 pairs two years ago. I’m down to my last set and they have discontinued the color!!

  16. Lilian January 29, 2012 at 15:12 #

    This is a gorgeous dress and it indeed looks great on you! The way you handled those sleeves shows your sewing-skills. It seems like a very hard job to get all the curved lines right so they don’t get wavy. But you sewed them in a perfect way.
    Oh, almost forgot: congratulations on the birthday boy!

  17. Lisette January 29, 2012 at 15:16 #

    You were right! Super cute on you!

  18. Vicki January 29, 2012 at 15:29 #

    The dress looks lovely on you!

  19. didyoumakethat January 29, 2012 at 15:44 #

    You look absolutely beautiful in that dress. I love the sleeves, the colour and the fit. Your man looks so proud to be with you – as well he should!

  20. Hilde January 29, 2012 at 16:11 #

    You look fantastic, I think it’s a great present! I’ve loved this dress ever since I first saw it, it’s so nice to see you in it. And also to see your frequent companion :-).
    I also wanted to tell you how happy I am that you finally got a good fit with the Rebecca pattern! I made it myself in November but it turned out too small for me. Fortunately it fits my sister perfectly, so I made her matching panties and gave her the set for Sinterklaas (our equivalent to Father Christmas, but a bit different: it’s on the fifth of December and you’re supposed to write a rhyme to go with every gift, so I wrote one about her bussom, great fun :-)).

  21. julie January 29, 2012 at 16:12 #

    the dress looks great on you. those sleeves intimidate me but you did a fantastic job.

  22. Kathleen January 29, 2012 at 16:15 #

    What a graet dress! It looks lovely on you.

  23. Jenny Crisp January 29, 2012 at 16:20 #

    Lovely dress, good work too on the smaller size. Clever girl!

    Just seeing a blog from you brightens my day. Thank you.

    Jenny in OZ

    • Miss Celie January 29, 2012 at 20:05 #

      Thank you! I’ve definitely missed blogging and interacting with the sewing community.

  24. K-Line January 29, 2012 at 16:41 #

    You look just like the model in that first shot! :-) I think it looks great!

  25. Kristine January 29, 2012 at 16:48 #

    Love the dress, your color choices are awesome and the fit… Superb! Thanks for e reminder to get back to posting reviews on PR, I’ve gotten away from it myself, and know that’s the first place I head when starting a new project. Overdue to pay it back!

  26. Amanda S. January 29, 2012 at 16:49 #

    Girl, you look AWESOME in this dress!!! Love that color on you! I was thinking of swapping out the bodice of this dress with something a bit more fitted, but think I will keep the original now. Such a great look!

  27. themateriallady January 29, 2012 at 17:08 #

    Fabulous dress in an equally fabulous colour combination that suits you perfectly. I hope you had a great night out!

  28. allisonc January 29, 2012 at 17:16 #

    Fantastic dress in an unusual but somehow still classic colour combination. You look amazing in it – I think it’s a good thing to have a few dresses that are for going out only and not for work!

  29. Kelly January 29, 2012 at 17:51 #

    This looks even better than I imagined. I like how it skims the body. A great “eating” dress. The length did scare me a bit only because I thought you’d said earlier that you lengthened it. You two look happy, he’s super cute and got a great smile.

  30. Clio January 29, 2012 at 18:36 #

    Beautiful and dramatic on you!

    I think I found your blog (and others that I follow) thru PR, even if I didn’t necessarily comment on the review – often I jumped to the blog and commented there instead. So, additional incentive. And I do find the reviews really helpful before tackling a new pattern. So, I try to add reviews too.

  31. Samina January 29, 2012 at 18:47 #

    This dress looks fantastic on you! It so flatters your figure & looks retro & chic at the same time. It’s a good thing that you can’t wear it to work. I expect that the guys in your office would have a hard time focusing on their work if you did!

  32. Tia Dia January 29, 2012 at 19:09 #

    It’s beautiful! I love your colour combination on those fabulous sleeves. You look amazing!

  33. Summer January 29, 2012 at 20:23 #

    You look fabulous! But then you always do :) Great dress, it’s inspiring me to sew something myself.

    Love frequent companion, may have to borrow it.

  34. Claudine January 29, 2012 at 21:04 #

    You do look awesome in the dress. I like the blue eyeshadow, too.

  35. LinB January 29, 2012 at 21:16 #

    What can I say that has not already been said? You look radiantly happy. That silhouette (fit and flared? A-line chemise? both sound hopelessly old-fashioned) is definitely your friend. And, yes, it is a good gift to your sweetheart to look your very best for his special occasion. If he doesn’t remember to tell you, he still appreciates your effort. I promise.

  36. A Sewn Wardrobe January 29, 2012 at 21:24 #

    Your dress is so creative and well-done. I think it was a really bold project to try (those sleeves would have intimidated me) and it turned out so well.

  37. Lori January 29, 2012 at 22:03 #

    Amazing dress, you look fantastic.

  38. Nancy Karpen January 29, 2012 at 22:23 #

    You look fabulous in this dress! If not for work, it’s a great date night dress.

  39. ReadyThreadSew January 29, 2012 at 23:13 #

    I don’t really expect any comments on PR, but they are appreciated when received. As others have said above, I tend to click through to the blog (if there is one) and comment there rather than on PR. I did, however, make a New Year’s Resolution to post more reviews on PR because I rely on them so much whenever I’m looking at a new pattern. The least I can do is add my reviews to the mix.

    I love your new dress.

  40. carol January 30, 2012 at 03:42 #

    It looks great on you, just like I knew it would. This style really suits you and the colour is lovely on you. Your frequent companion is pretty cute, too!

  41. NuJoi January 30, 2012 at 05:47 #

    Looks awesome. Yours is one of my favorite interpretations.

  42. netkista January 30, 2012 at 07:21 #

    HI Miss Celie I do like this, and yes, like you since I have been sewing (not long now used to sew before just started again) I am beginning to analyse the ‘back’ as well as the front

  43. Renee January 30, 2012 at 09:51 #

    Fantastic dress for you. You really nailed it!

  44. Colleen P. January 30, 2012 at 10:16 #

    I love that dress on you! I’ve looked at that pattern several times and just couldn’t quite decide whether I liked it or not. On the model the sleeves look enormous and the dress looks shapeless, on you the sleeves are just right and the body of the dress hugs without squeezing, so you can see that the dress does have some shape to it. The style really does suit you right down to the ground. (I’m pondering the navy and green another poster wrote about above, it is one of my fave spring color combinations)

  45. MB@YarnUiPhoneAppv2.1 January 30, 2012 at 10:31 #

    I need to get this pattern next time it’s on sale. It’s been on my list for a while. You know what would look truly awesome?? A dress with matching stretch lace awesome. You could go all white, or all black or all red. But I would spray the beejeezus out of the stretch lace to Sullivan’s stabilizer spray. That way it would be temporarily cardboard stuff, making it behave while I’m sewing. After I’m done? It can misbehave all it wants!!

  46. Pam January 30, 2012 at 12:53 #

    What a knockout! I am completely impressed with your skills!

  47. Wendy January 30, 2012 at 14:21 #

    Indeed Miss Celie you look great in your terrific red dress! I love it!

  48. Evie January 30, 2012 at 15:18 #

    This is a really nice dress, wow real nice colours!!!!!

  49. Laura January 31, 2012 at 01:34 #

    Such a great dress on you. It turned out so beautifully!

  50. patti January 31, 2012 at 06:59 #

    Beautiful!

  51. gorgeous things January 31, 2012 at 08:33 #

    Simply fabulous!

  52. orchidophile January 31, 2012 at 16:51 #

    Well done! It is lovely.

  53. senaSews February 1, 2012 at 07:35 #

    Wonderful dress. I love the bright red color on you and the shape is very flattering on you. You look fabulous!

  54. Patricia Clements February 1, 2012 at 23:06 #

    That is one cute “frequent companion”!
    Your dress is great. I’m impressed. I may have to think about this one.
    Remember: If you do make a 1.5 inch swayback alteration, add the length back at the hem. The same goes for me when I tuck up the chest area for a small bust adjustment.

  55. liza jane February 4, 2012 at 19:23 #

    How awesome. I think a shorter length suits this kind of dress so who cares about work appropriate. You look fabulous in that shade of red!

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