Oh, hello. This old thing? I’ve just bottled the sun and made it into a dress. Doesn’t everyone do that? This bright lemon yellow is from Fabric Mart’s ponte knit collection. I made a serious commitment last year to wear more yellow fabric. If you look closely — you can see it gave my camera fits.
I have two other yellows that just may get made up while the yellow thread cones are on the serger. Of course, I realized I was creeping closer and closer to becoming my mother because I was stressed about how dirty the dress would get. Oy.
This is Butterick 5523. Because I am not used to the Big 4 directions (and neglected to read them) I made box pleats instead of ‘regular’ pleats. This made the dress (I think) more form fitting than intended. Speaking of fit, and because I didn’t read the pattern which clearly notes that it’s ‘close fitting’, I actually thought this was supposed to be a looser knit dress. I read on Pattern Review about a maternity look but I think the box pleats eliminated this.
I have also now waded into making FBAs in knit garments. My FBA here is two inches which required darts at the waist and side seam. I am a little baffled at the FBA still. But, I can no longer lie to myself about my bra size. I was recently fit for new bras and went down a band size and up two cup sizes. I am also out an average $45 a bra. Grrrrr.
I did not make a swayback adjustment either. I figured the waist hit within the skirt vs the bodice. It’s also not snug enough to require that adjustment. I *do* think I could have benefited from a full seat adjustment. My rear seems to be pulling the pleats. Then again, this could be because I made box pleats.
Ah, yes. I also left the tab off the back. I’d like to be able to wear this with a belt if so desired.
It’s a great pattern. Totally wearable, most comfortable and I received many compliments yesterday. Likely because it’s barely 50 degrees and rainy and this is definite punch at spring. And, it’s SUPER fast. I cut the pattern out on Monday night and sewed it in less than three hours on Tuesday night. Truly.
A few complaints. The pattern says long sleeves. They are not. I hemmed a scant inch and I think the dress looks like it should be longer based on the model.
Also, on me, the shoulders are massively big. I do have short shoulders but can fudge it in Burda. But, I forget in the big four it’s imperative for me to measure. The shoulders on this, for me, could be shortened by at least half an inch.
Best of all, I can wear my black and yellow glasses with this dess
And now, I bid you adeiu. I’m leaving for Santa Fe, New Mexico this afternoon for a few days with girlfriends. It’ll be all spas,
Bikram yoga, French fries and chic flicks until Monday. I’m actually most excited about getting to read on the four hour flights there and back 😉