1/1/14

Bringing in 2014 w/ Modified Butterick 5672



First, I would like to Thank All of YOU for another great year and continuing to take the time to visit my blog over the last 8 years...woo... that is a long time of faithful, inspiring & caring friends. I have met so many beautiful people and have become very close to several and it continues to amaze me how the friendship just keeps growing year after year.  I love the sharing of sewing & crafting, learning, shopping excursions, telephone sewing and well you get the drift....lol.  I am so looking forward to 2014 of the same & more...so Thank You for the Love.


I ended 2013 with finishing two more dresses using my modified Butterick 5672 (posted about here).   This time around, I used a novelty print (97% cotton/3% spandex) that was itching to be sewn.  Honestly after seeing Gertie's Novelty Print Dress, I knew I wanted one.  I did not want a dress along the style line of her dress, but a novelty print in a simple sheath.  I scored when I randomly visited Fulton Fabrics one evening to kill some time until my guy finished work.  Upon entering the store, I was immediately overwhelmed with the massive bolts clogging the store, it seems they'd recently stocked up on more fabric because the aisle was no more than a foot and a half wide if not less.  It was insane how tight it was in there, I side walked midway into the store, then decided  to leave and just as I did my half turn there was this fabric.


For this dress, I added 1" to front and back since the fabric was closer to a woven than a stretch fabric, as well as traced off the skirt pieces and added 1".  Since I wanted a pleather skirt yoke,  I cut 6" off from the waist of  the skirt front and back, and used it to cut the pleather yoke. I was all full of righteous giggles as I worked on this dress and decided to add a lil  interest to the neckline too.  Smack dab in the middle of the neckline, I spliced it 3" down.

After all my righteous shenanigans... I proceeded to construct the dress which went together nicely.  However, I should have given this project more thought in that by adding a skirt yoke, I failed to foresee that darts and pleather do not work well together.  The waist darts do not lay as flat as I would like, despite cutting them open and ironing the heck out of them, but as the sewing mantra goes... make it work, and that I did.


The dress was constructed using my serger,  I did not line this dress, for the sleeve hem I used stitch witchery and folded twice to the inside and final stitched. Here is a close up of the neckline where I did my lil fancy work of adding interest.... tadaa.  Thankfully I tried the dress again before finishing the neckline because it was sitting a wee bit too much away from my neck and had to add darts. Finished the neckline using 1/4" clear elastic and folded to the inside and stitched.


 For the skirt hemline I sewed lace and flipped to the inside and final stitched.


End result a playful sheath dress that I am looking forward to wearing my first full week back to work.  On second thought, I may end up having to rock this dress with tights & boots, instead of sheer stockings and pumps, at the rate they are predicting snow.  No matter, though, if the snow does come and stick around, this playful dress will be rocked with a blazer, tights & boots.


My other take on my modifed b5672 is coined my wall art dress, because the fabric was initially intended to be used in a large picture frame and placed in my living room. Since that didn't happen,  I will be the walking wall art.  This dress went together even easier than the last one, even with a full lining and sleeve shenanigans.  To add more interest to my wall art, I added elastic lace at the waist and it initially had pleather sleeves, but that didn't work out too well. I felt like a robot with those partial pleather sleeves. Sometimes my creativity runs amok... that I literally have to rein it in with a lasso....lol



 I really want a garment with pleather sleeves, but it's just not working for me.  So I hacked off the pleather part of the sleeves and thought all was right with the world just having cap sleeves, umm nope.  The hemline of the sleeve was looking weird and thankfully I had enough fabric left to cut another set of sleeves.  So there you have it... an artsy dress that will also be worn to work.  They can't call me conservative connie anymore...lol



So until my next creative spaz....

I wish all of YOU a Healthy, Successful and Happy New Year.


28 comments:

SEWN said...

Happy new year! Love your novelty print dress!

Cennetta said...

Happy New Year, my stitching sister! Eight years of blogging is a long time. Thank you for sharing your crafting experience. The dresses look great and are a fine way to close /start the new year.

wendy said...

Happy New Year :o)
The novelty print dress is indeed awesome- beautiful job!

Laura said...

Beautiful! Great way to start the New Year!

Adelaide B said...

Love both dresses! Happy New Year!

Sheila said...

Thank you Elizabeth. The novelty print small size and black background was perfect for this dress.

Sheila said...

Hi sewing sister and Thank you.

Sheila said...

Thanks so much Wendy.

Sheila said...

Thank you Laura. I am really enjoying the pattern and its possibilities.

Sheila said...

Hello Adelaide and Thank you.

Shannon said...

Both dresses are gorgeous! I'm inspired by your creativity with the novelty print dress!

Sheila said...

Thanks Shannon. I am always inspired by others that modify patterns and this pattern was perfect for trying it.

Positively Necie said...

Happy New Year Sheila.
Your dress is lovely. I love the pattern on the fabric and the infusion of pleather. I think you will be rocking it with the blazer, tights and boots..We are expecting quite a bit of snow as well. Stay warm.

Sheila said...

Thank you Necie.

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

Both of these new dresses are awesome and definitely outside of the box for you. However, you look fabu in both! Here's wishing you another year of wonderful sewing adventures! Happy New Year!

Sheila said...

Thank you Carolyn. I am always impressed & inspired with the way you take your tnt pattern and create many garments. I am slowly learning, but with toddler steps.

Lori said...

Sheila, two new great dresses for your wardrobe. Happy New Year.

Sheila said...

Thank you Lori.

alethia said...

Happy New Year. You brought in the new year with a bang. Two fabulous dresses.

Patty said...

Glad you've left Conservative Connie behind ... these dresses are amazing!.... Creative Connie LOL!

Sheila said...

Thank you Alethia.

Sheila said...

Hi Patty and Thank You. Love the term Creative Connie...lol

Myra said...

Great dresses Sheila!

Dr. Fun (AKA Sister) said...

Awesome dresses - keep spazzin'!!!

Sheila said...

Thank you Myra.

Sheila said...

Thanks Sister.

Anonymous said...

Your dress is really cute and flattering. Mary

Sheila said...

Thank you Mary.