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Crazy!

2010 August 9
by elizabeth_admin

That’s me.  Crazy Elizabeth.  Didn’t I just say that I would use a different pattern for my next sheath dress?  Well, I always reserve the right to change my mind.

In the interests of saving time and being more efficient, I have decided to use B5147 again for the dress I am making for my cousin’s wedding in early September.  I have so many other things to make besides this dress, that it just makes sense to use this pattern again.  I will, however, tweak the fit in the bodice some more to get it closer fitting.  It still gapes a little at the armscye.  And I have  noticed that a lot of the sheath wearing women at the office are wearing them really fitted.  I know I don’t have a 25 year old’s body, but I do have at least one, ahem two, assets to show off.  May as well make the most of what I’ve got.  😉 

So I will probably play with the bust darts and the fisheyes a little more and maybe consider changing the shape of the armscye/shoulder area a little.  Hopefully I won’t ruin the dress in the process.

Do you want to see the fabric I’m going to use???  It’s one of my favorites I have ever bought.  I’m such a sucker for metallic, shiny things.  Strange enough, when I bought it, I earmarked this fabric to make a dress for this specific wedding.  The fact that I am actually going to do so is probably a minor miracle. 

Vera Wang brocade from Fabricmart

From the get go, I’ve always wanted to use the wrong side of the fabric.  In the picture above, the wrong side is on the left and the right side is on the upper right.  I just love the definition of the flowers on the wrong side better.  Also, it looks edgier on the wrong side.  Take a look at the dress Lindsay T made for her daughter using this fabric.  Isn’t the fit just 100% perfect???  I love that dress!

I’m not sure if I am going to be able to get this version done by the Butterick 5147 Dress Sew Along deadline (August 13th) though.  Check out the progress people have made on their dresses at the sew along!

I’m off to pre-treat my fabric…  Happy sewing everyone!

11 Responses leave one →
  1. Lindsay T permalink
    August 10, 2010

    Thanks for the compliment, E! I just sent you an email about underlining. Short answer: Yes, this fabric needs it for a sheath dress like the one you want to make.

  2. August 10, 2010

    I’ve sewn (but not yet hemmed) my B5147 and I’m really disappointed by the armscye gape, which I didn’t notice on the muslin, as I didn’t turn in the facings (lesson learned). I’ll probably always wear it with a cardigan or jacket. I should have photos up on my blog next weekend.

  3. Rosie permalink
    August 10, 2010

    Great choice of fabric for the next sheath dress E. I cannot wait to see the finished garment.

  4. August 10, 2010

    Love the “wrong side” of the fabric – that is perfect. And I guess I wonder why you would need to underline it, as it’s fully lined. I need to get back to my cotton sateen version of this dress. Your comment about people wearing these very fitted clinches it – I am going to take it in on the side seams. It was looking baggy and that was part of the reason I didn’t like it.

  5. August 10, 2010

    I used the wrong side of this fabric to make a jacket last winter. So I understand your attraction to that side. You will look fabu in this dress!

  6. August 10, 2010

    Love the wrong side! It should be gorgeous in a sheath, and perfect for the occasion. It’s just as well that you’re tweaking the fit; it always amazes me how much sheaths can look like bags unless they are tailored just right. (But I’m not bitter, oh, no . . . ) (Do you hear me, Vogue 1192??)

  7. August 10, 2010

    I think that using the same pattern again really makes sense – it’s such a great classic style that you can use it over and over. Different fabrics will give it a very different look. The Vera Wang fabric you are planning to use is so gorgeous – I love both the colour and the texture. The great thing about sewing your own clothes is that you are in charge so if you want to use the ‘wrong’ side then you can! It’s going to look lovely.

  8. August 10, 2010

    I love the wrong side of your fabric. It’s going to be gorgeous too. What color shoes will you wear?

  9. Meredith P permalink
    August 11, 2010

    I think it’s a great idea to use this pattern again, you’ll have some hope of having a finished dress for the wedding! Work, kid, etc. It’s not like you have anything else to do 🙂

  10. August 12, 2010

    What gorgeous fabric! Can’t wait to see it completed!

  11. August 12, 2010

    I really prefer the wrong side of the fabric too! Can’t wait to see the finished dress.

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