I'm in love with Butterick 5147.... seriously - I want at least a half-dozen of these dresses that's how in love I am with this pattern.
Fair warning the word love(ing) may be used several times throughout this post, probably as many times, if not more than T.iger used E.lin's name during his apology speech. Also, I love this plaid against the deep brown boucle fabric and thought it appropriate to again try my hand at matching plaids.
After wearing my houndstooth plaid dress and feeling all svelte and loving the look, I knew I had to repeat this pattern without a hiccup, belch or kink. I initially planned to use a taupe pinstripe poly/cotton, but when my guy mentioned that he liked the way I looked in the other dress I immediately dove into working up this plaid without coming up for air.
I used the same technique for matching the plaid that I'd used for the first one... love that technique, and hand basted the seams to check fitting. There would be no foolery with my machine this time around no siree Bob. Faye recommended this video tutorial for the zipper application and like her, must have watched it 20 times and it worked like a charm. I love the zipper technique and it wll become a must do for zipper application. Honestly, I think this is the best zipper I've ever done. Thank You Faye!
The dress is fully lined and it was a must with boucle fabric. I love boucle, and have a few rtw boucle garments, but I've had issues with the seams fraying. I serged and did a double stitch to ensure I wouldn't end up with fraying seams, at times while at work I find myself doing aerobic moves to get things done and that's by any means necessary.
Did I mention that I am in love with this notice-me plaid too, which I find fun, girlish, with a touch of the unexpected - yes I said girlish despite nearing the 50 bend...lol. I feel that this plaid dress does just as great a job of adding refinement and power to my wardrobe as a suit..... well not as great... but almost... did I say how much I love this pattern.
I have a question, how does one differentiate a jumper from a sheath dress.... someone told me I look cute in my jumper...I said thank you of course with a side eye glance :)
With all that said I feel like doing the riverdance.... lol.