Woot, woot, I’ve made something in time for a challenge! I actually even made this at the beginning of the month, it’s just the photographing and posting didn’t happen.
This is Butterick 5523, which is a great pattern for newbie sewers with knit fabrics. The fabric is a rust coloured merino which I got from what used to be Global Fabrics, here in Wellington about two years ago. Yay, that means stashbusting too 🙂
It was sew easy to put together. The cowl neck means there’s no facing to worry about. The pleats on the skirt worked like a dream and the tops of the sleeves have the cutest pleats right on the shoulder seam line. The waist has elastic sewn into the seam allowance. This is great for stabilising the waist and ensuring the dress keeps it’s shape. The tab on the back wasn’t great, the fabric stretched as I tried to stitch around the tight corners, but it’s worked. The tab is attached to the dress using some buttons I found in a sewing shop in the Far North when we were away at Easter. The sleeves and skirt are hemmed using a double needle.
I honestly don’t have much to say about this, I think the result says it all! The fact the finished dress looks like the pattern envelope is testament enough I reckon. For more information, check out my blog.