Happy first day of fall! This dress is my first fall make of the year. I received the pattern (Butterick 6168) for my birthday in August, and was able to make it up in time for the start of fall.
I was attracted to its unique bodice and fuller skirt. Lately, I’ve been wearing my fuller skirts more than my fitted skirts. I’ve been spending a lot of time sitting at my desk or in class, and the range of motion allowed in a full skirt really frees up some more sitting positions without risk of flashing anyone.
The bodice on this dress looks complicated, but it came together surprisingly easily. The tab across the neckline proved easy, and the pleats allow for some adjustment in sizing (though I didn’t need it). The front of the neckline is finished with a facing, while the back of the neckline has more of a seam binding finish. I’ve seen some other bloggers draft a facing for the back, but I had no issue with the binding at all, and am pleased with the clean finish that it allows. Speaking of pleased, check out the invisible zipper in the center back seam. You didn’t even know it was there, did you?
After some waffling back and forth about what size to make, I ended up making size 6 (though according to my measurements I should make a size 10-12). It fits wonderfully! These pictures were taken after following the directions to a t–no fitting tweaks other than shortening the hem. My only fit issue is with the sleeves. They are just a smidge tight and restricting. I can still reach to grab a glass out of an upper cabinet, but I’m aware of my dress while doing so. Fortunately, this is a wearable muslin, so I can fix that on my next version.
I picked up the fabric is from the clearance section at Joann’s. It is 100% cotton and was on sale for $2.50 a yard. The rose print is a little vintagie, even for me, so I’m thinking of this version as a wearable muslin. I thought the fabric would be too stiff for this pattern, but I actually think it works quite nicely. The pleats hold their shape well, and the poofiness of the gathers doesn’t bother me.
Some of the reviews I’ve read said that this dress isn’t the most flattering from the side view. I’ll concede that. I didn’t get any pictures, but the skirt does poof out in front and back thanks to the gathers. My mom would probably tell me I look pregnant in it (a favorite compliment of hers). How often do you look at your side view, though? The front and rear views are quite flattering, in my opinion.
I’m looking forward to making another version in a slightly more flowy material. I’m thinking something a little less teacher, and a little more let’s go out to dinner.