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Monday, November 18, 2013

Sewing Project: Feather-Print Sheet Dress (Butterick B5708)


Hey everyone, I hope you all had a great weekend! Can you believe it's already the middle of November? I'm going to try yet again to hand-make as many Christmas presents as possible, so I'd better get on that ASAP...

I found these pictures on my computer this past weekend- a dress that I made over a year ago and photographed this past summer! I wasn't completely happy with how the pictures turned out so I didn't post them at the time. I'm realizing now that a photo-shoot re-do is getting less and less likely, so I thought I would finally post them already! I know it's totally inappropriate for Fall/Winter, but rather than wait a whole year for summer to roll around again, I decided to finally share this project anyway- my version of Butterick B5708.

Like my Sunny Floral dress, I made this one out of a thrifted vintage sheet. I loved the very mid-century print and the colors too. (I'm pretty sure they're feathers, but sometimes I think they're leaves). I used the Butterick pattern B5708, which is one of their "Retro" line of vintage reproductions. The only changes I made were to use the circle skirt pattern from B5748, (see my post with that pattern here) and to add light blue piping to the waist and under-bust seams.

I very rarely make a muslin when sewing, and usually things turn out pretty well anyway, but this was one instance where I really regret not making one for the bodice. Do you see how the strap is falling off of my shoulder? They do that CONSTANTLY! The bodice is way too wide for me, and in order to keep the straps (semi) up, I have to tie it so tightly that it digs into my armpits. I've tried all kinds of ways to tie it but the result is always the same. Cute? yes. Comfortable? no!

Despite the issues, I have worn this dress a few times and finally resigned myself to the fact that it will fall off of my shoulders. If you end up making this dress at some point, you might want to do what this blogger did and heavily modify the bodice. I was thinking of trying to re-make the bodice since I do love the fabric so much, but I don't quite have enough left to do it. Bummer!

Here's me trying to look pensive.

And the obligatory hem/feet shot!

Have any of you sewn B5708? What did you think of it?

14 comments:

  1. It's super cute, but I can understand your frustration with the ties slipping off! Sounds like a good dress to pair with a cardigan to me!

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  2. Melmo-- I LOVE THIS PATTERN/DRESS! Bummer it doesn't work out too swell...but its super cute! I love it!

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  3. B5708 is a tricky pattern, which is lame because it's super cute. I made one last year and ended up wearing the ties not as normal straps, but off the shoulder: http://liveaboardtakesthesuburbs.blogspot.com/2012/12/the-dress.html (normally I wouldn't link to my blog, but there's a good pic of how I wear my straps.) It's still not perfect my way, though. I love the way Sputnik Goes did hers, too, but a year ago, I had no idea how to do what she did. Maybe I'll remake it and take some of her suggestions! Love the pairing you did with the 5748 skirt. The 5748 is such a winner of a pattern. :)

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    1. Thanks Aleksandra! Your version is really cute! I think the dress does look good worn off-the-shoulder, it just bugs me to wear like that! If I make it again, I'll definitely modify it to stay tied on my shoulders.

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  4. How pretty! That fabric and those sleeves are just awesome!

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  5. Lovely fabric and pattern idea, shame about the sleeves - they would drive me bananas!

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  6. its a beauty of a dress! the print is gorgeous, and the style is just fab! but I know when something doesn't fit quite right it can be a little irritating! x x x

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  7. I think your dress is lovely but I understand your frustration with the straps. Looking at the original pattern art, it seems like those straps are supposed to sit a the top of the shoulder, right on the joint. I can tell you, from experience, that no strap will ever stay in place at that point.
    Because it's a nice look, it is often faked, either by gluing it down using lingerie tape (a double side sticky tape meant for skin and fabric) or by putting boning in the bodice and sturdy interfacing in bodice and straps and hiding a little elastic strap under the real strap. That way the 'look' stands up on its own and the elastic strap keeps it sort of on the wearer's body.
    Without going to such measures, I think there are only two options for this pattern: wearing the straps off the shoulder or severely modifying the bodice to put straps in a safer position on the shoulder.

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  8. I think it's really cute, even if it does fall off your shoulders. I hate when dresses don't turn out how you want them to! Sometimes I have to do a lot of bodice alterations to get things to fit right.

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  9. I need this dress in my size now, please. It's absolutely beautiful and I love those tied sleeves and the light airy white background with colorful feather cloth. I'll say it again, wish I had your sewing skills!

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  10. I love it! That fabric is great and perfect for fall or spring. While I'm sure the top part is bothersome, it looks really good on you. Another winner!

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  11. What an incredible dress, you look gorgeous in it!

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  12. I really really love your dress, the fabric is amazing. I also really love how it fits and I like that the straps are kind of loose. I can understand that wearing it, it might be a bit annoying though. I ordered the pattern yesterday and went to look for examples on the interwebs. Yours is by far my favorite.

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    1. Thanks! Yes, I really love the fabric! If you like the off-the-shoulder thing, you may like the way that the straps fit, but I would highly recommend making a muslin just to be sure. It fits me really strangely and I've heard similar things from other sewers as well. Anyway, good luck! Be sure to post pictures of your finished product :)

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