8/16/09

Butterick 5313

Butterick 5313 is a close fitting dress with a scoop neckline, empire seam, flounce variations, above knee length and 3 sleeve options. I did version B and used the sleeves from version A.

The fabric is some mystery knit (thinking some type of poly-knit) scored at Joann's. The fabric was perfect for this project it really shows off the flounce. I don't know about others, but I always have problems with necklines. I did my usual stay stitching along the neckline and armholes, but when I attached the neckband I ended up with all kinds of wonkiness. Thank goodness I baste stitched the neckband b/c it would've been a pain to rip out serging stitches. Since the neckband wasn't working for me......again, I decided not to use it and serged the edges then folded to the inside and final stitched. The flounce part has 4 seams, I didn't have enough fabric to do the flounce on the fold and thinking the front & back seams won't break the look of the dress.



I did my usual serging of all the seams as well as the neckline and hem.
Conclusion: I like to think of this as my alternative LBD... Lil Blue Dress...lol

35 comments:

Tanya said...

really cute, love the flounce.

Sue said...

Very flattering - good job!

Shannon said...

Very nice - what a great LBlueD!

Goldie said...

Love the color. And the flounce gives it a nice flare. I sent you an e-mail.

Dana said...

Nice dress, fits you perfectly!

urbanknitrix said...

Love it!!

Erica B. said...

You look gorgeous! Just fabulous!

gold said...

It look good on you! I love the flouce.

~ Kimberlee B ~ said...

I have this pattern. Your's turned out fab! I can't wait to be able to sew...

Adrienne said...

You look superb! Love it!

Joyce in NC said...

A very nice LBD to wear and it flatters you nicely.

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

Sheila - try using a thin strip of fusible interfacing at the neckline. That will stop any wonkiness that might occur. Otherwise you've made another wonderful garment and you look fantastic in it!

Angelia said...

Lovely! Great job on this dress... very flattering!

Aminat said...

Another fabulous outfit. The dress looks so superb on you. I love the color, it suits you so well

Kelroc said...

Love the dress. Simple yet chic. And I agree with Carolyn, a strip of bias interfacing works great. Design Plus fusible bias tape can be found at Fabric.com

Sheila said...

Thank you for the lovely compliments. I'm wearing it today and very comfortable.

stillpatrice said...

Cute.. love the color

Sew-Ann said...

It looks just as good without the neckband. Nice rich color.

Jackie said...

You look great! I have this and just made it up over the weekend. I did the same as you with the neckline.

Mimi said...

I love your LBD! I've always wondered how hard it is to sew a soft fabric...

Michelle said...

Beautiful dress! I am happy to see how well that pattern turned out!

Opal said...

Very nice! I love the flounce

Judy said...

Beautiful dress, and the color looks great on you!

Jackie O said...

Very cute, I'll have to pick up that pattern.

Cas... said...

That's so cute on you. You did a terrific job. Keep up the good work.

Cennetta said...

Super cute dress.

alethia said...

Beautiful. I like the pattern very much. I am not sure how it will fit my swayback. Do you have any idea how to make it work without using darts in the back?

Sheila said...

Thanks again for the lovely compliments.

@ alethia: I am unsure if a swayback can be made without darts… However, I checked a few sites to see if it was possible and came across this post from The Slapdash Sewist, it appears she added a center back seam to do a swayback. On PR I came across a comment stating that she did a swayback by taking the excess fabric in the hip area. I hope this helps.. Let me know if you decide to do the dress.

Two Cables and a Frapp said...

Again, very nice and the fit is great !!!

Carmell said...

that is too cute!! ...i'd have to lose all of my belly to wear that dress!

Monique said...

You did a great job Sheila! It looks just like the cover photo!

Tany said...

Gorgeous and very flattering on you!

robin said...

I love that on you!! I tried that pattern and it just did NOT look good on me, but it's very cute on you.

Katharine said...

Very pretty and flattering! I am adjusting this pattern now with coincidentally the same short sleeves on view B, but altering for maternity. I might have to use your flounce trick as I'm 30cm short on fabric and maternity does need a lot of width, but so far I'm trimming seam allowances to 1/4" and hoping for the best.

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