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Whoa to the second power!

2010 December 4
by elizabeth_admin

Remember when I saw one of the latest Butterick patterns walk by me at work?  Well guess what I saw at a pre-school tour this week!

Butterick 5522

None other than Butterick 5522 my friends!  In the black and white version no less.

Can you believe it?!?  I know I live in NYC, but still.  It’s pretty amazing to see the real life designer versions of sewing patterns walk right by you. 

I have to admit though, that this dress is pretty shapeless.  I love the sleeves but the dress was doing this woman no favors.  At least she didn’t look pregnant.  😉  

I wonder how I could make the dress less shapeless.

11 Responses leave one →
  1. December 4, 2010

    I think you would have to shape the side seams and perhaps use some darts, front and back. Essentially turning it into an ‘almost’ sheath-style dress. It would change the look of it quite a bit.

  2. December 4, 2010

    I agree with Sue, tho’ I was going to suggest moving the sleeves to a slimmer dress style rather than reshaping this one.

  3. December 4, 2010

    Merge the sleeves and upper bodice with your sheath dress pattern?

  4. December 4, 2010

    Cute sleeves indeed. If I were you I would try to shape the sideseams and maybe add some darts, but on the other hand I think I would wear a dress like this as is too. Or slap a belt on it, that would be an option too.

  5. December 4, 2010

    Yep — graft the sleeves onto something more fitted. I’d keep the A-line skirt, though, since it works so well with the shape of the sleeves.

  6. Jane permalink
    December 4, 2010

    I thinks you could keep the sleeves & change the dress from a knit to a woven by making it cut on the bias. It would have shape, drape better & small darts at the side seams for the bust. Depending on the cut & measurements of the sleeves you might not have to change the patterns pieces. I really like Butterick 5509 ( Sorry I don’t know how to hyperlink it. I LOVE this pattern & have made View B a number of times. It’s fast & easy & drapes beautifully. You could even make the bottom flounce out of the contrast color of the arms. Good luck!

  7. December 4, 2010

    The simpliest method would be to shape the side seams – it would take some of the boxiness out of the dress but leave the original look of the dress intact.

  8. cidell permalink
    December 4, 2010

    This was also a PR contest knock off dress a couple of years ago. I’m blanking on the PR member’s name. I know her real life name though. It looked amazing on her. Oh, it was one of the women from Caryolyn’s that one time.

  9. December 4, 2010

    I’m semi-with the above commenters — darts at the bust and the back but I wouldn’t add them to the front because I wouldn’t want it to be overshaped. Are you going to make it in the same colors? It’s a knock out dress…

  10. December 5, 2010

    I think Jane has the right idea. Change the pattern placement and the fabric. The dress is good but in this fabric you need a belt for shape and I think I prefer without a belt. I think a belt would take away from the flow of the dress and leave it unbalanced with the flowing sleeves. Either that, dart the bust, or cut in along the torso. Whatever you do, don’t mess with those sleeves. They are way too cute!

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