Im almost hesitant to show this dress my mom recently lamented how quilting cottons seem to have been over run with whimsical birds. From my perspective, Joannes is overrun with too much quilting fabric and not enough apparel. I have to search really hard to find prints that I think will work in the context of clothing. These mega craft stores seem to want to appease everyone but in the process satisfy none.
I have seen a few renditions of Butterick 5209. I was really interested in how the halter is adapted to make a short sleeve.
At first glance it looks to have the lines indicative of fabric rationing. Don’t let this fool you, this dress is a total fabric hog. I purchased 4 yards of a navy with gold “whimsical birds” which was not quite enough. I ended up having to chop 2″ off the skirt just to get everything cut out. I am OK with the length, it makes it look a little more modern but I prefer a bit longer.
Im not super happy with the fit on this dress. When I was in the store I took the tissue out of the envelope to try and tell what the finished garment measurements were since I wasn’t to sure what size nest to purchase. I soon gave up and just bought the smaller one. When I got it home I was finally able to find the measurements and they were too small for me. I decided to try and grade it out another size myself. I think I went too big, for the ascetics of it, but its comfortable to wear so its fine.
I don’t know if you can tell or not, but the entire halter is used to make this dress. An additional piece is added to the back that wraps around to the front to form the sleeves. The bodice is fully lined and has an invisible side zipper that extends all the way into the armpit. I used the machine to attached the lining this time as I just wasn’t in the mood for hand stitching. I think it was a success.
I haven’t decided if I want to try this pattern again. If I do, i’m thinking a fabric with a little more drape and perhaps doing the original size and forgoing all the grading out. Also a different skirt, Im just not a fan of the gathered look.