Monday, July 11, 2011

Pattern Review: Jersey Dress

Butterick 5174

Here's a great dress for warm weather! It is OOP unfortunately. This style does not appear to be in the current Maggy London line. Here is a similar version without the bloused waist affect:

Maggy London Print Jersey Dress from Nordstrom for $118

Pattern Description: Misses'/Misses' Petite Dress: Pullover, slightly flared dress below mid-knee, has self-fabric or contrast bodice with stay, cut-a-way armholes, front and back casing for tie at back opening and concealed elastic at waist

Pattern Sizing: This pattern is available in sizes 6-20. I made a 16.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, very much so.

Were the instructions easy to follow? I thought the instructions were very easy to follow. Did not have any problems in this area.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I really like the shape of this dress. Love the neckline with the back tie. I like the cut-a-way arms. And I like the waistline.

Fabric Used: ITY jersey print from Fashion Fabrics Club. I paid $5 a yard. This dress ended up costing roughly $15.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: Normally I have to shorten dresses but I didn't on this one. What's nice about the elastic waist is you can adjust the length up and down to where it is comfortable.

The neckline drawstring is way too long to sew right sides together and turn. After fussing with it for over an hour, I came up with a different solution. I cut the long tube in half. I was then able to turn each piece right side out. I then sewed the two ends together, which is the center front. The center front is concealed under the front casing so no one is the wiser.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I would sew this one up again and I do recommend it to others if you can get your hands on it!

Conclusion: This was really fun to wear. I wore it to church in the morning. It was such a hot day and this dress is so light and airy, flowing away from the body that I ended up wearing it for the whole day!