The high-low dress/top trend has grabbed my attention and wanted to try it. I selected Butterick 5706: Semi-fitted lined dress (fitted through the bust) with neckline variations and back zipper; self-lined sleeves. D: unlined, below elbow length sleeves.
I did Version C: sleeveless high-low dress
The fabric suggestion is novelty fabrics and decided to use a silver metallic knit from Sav-a-thon that I'd purchased during one of its $1.00/yd no-cut sales. There are only 2 pattern pieces, and knew I couldn't go wrong. Since the fabric is a knit I opted out of an fba and proceeded to cut the fabric and mark accordingly with its bust darts and back darts. Must admit since I tend to have issues of bust dart location, I tend to do my bust darts after assembling the garment... yeah.... please don't ask, but it works out. However, bust darts were not needed, but needed front waist darts and using my fisheye dart template, measured 7" down from the neckline and 5" from the side seams for waist dart placement.
Once the garment was constructed and tried on, I immediately noticed the error of my ways. I could've raised the neckline about an 1" and my eyes gravitated to the seam along the back piece. During the cutting process, I cut the back with a center back seam, not for the purpose of the back zipper, but to avoid pooling along my lower back (putting in a center back seam tends to eliminate pooling.)
WTH!!! I was fit to be tied... how did I do that... mmmmmmmmm
Well... what does one do.... but make it work. I hacked off the bottom of the dress, serged, folded 1/4" to the inside and final stitched.
End result, perfect party dress or date nite dress.
To my surprise, my guy immediately stated that he loves the new look. 0_o... my response was what do you mean new look. He said he saw the dress earlier and was worried... all I could do was smh and hand him the camera....lol
Conclusion: If one is looking for a simple dress, this dress is perfect with little fitting issues.
Until then Have a Beautiful....