Sunday, August 22, 2010

Butterick 5147 - Again

I know y'all must be thinking this is the pattern that just won't die...go away already, right?  *LOL*  Well, it's not that easy for it to ease into the sewing sunset because I want this pattern to be one of my go-to, make any time in almost any fabrication, TNTs.  To do that I must make it a couple of times to work out the challenges...

...and I'm almost there.  I like this version in terms of fit better than the first one...but I still need to do a tweak or two and then it will be perfect.  So you want to see this version right, well here it is:



Some stats:
Fabric:
2.25 yds of a cotton/lycra border print from Fabric Mart

Notions:
20" invisible zipper
3 yards of black bias binding (Faye thanks for noticing that!)

Construction:
1.  This dress is unlined.  So I used the black bias binding to finish the neckline and armhole edges again.

2.  I did adjust the pattern front and back by taking a tuck in the neckline and I do think it sits a little better on my body.


3.  I also raised the underarm seam 1/2"...as well as tapering the side seam to contour to my body's shape.


4.  I cut off 1.25" inches of the flare from the hem of the dress tapering to .25" near the top of the hipline.

Those were the changes that were bothering me the most on the last version, and now after making and wearing this one for a minute, I have just one more alteration to do to the pattern and I think I will be okay with the fit.  I do plan on making this dress one more time for early fall using another one of my border prints and finally lining it...and then I will move onto other things, I promise!  *LOL*

This dress turned out so well that I will even share a dreaded back view with you.


Now I know you are wondering what happened to the black linen dress, well here is where it stands right now. 


The shell is constructed and waiting for the lining.  I can't decide whether I should topstitch it as I originally planned, or just let it be a plain black sheath dress that will be a good basis for an array of cardigans and jackets...more on that later!

This is dress number 16...with dress number 17 hanging waiting to be completed.  I'm thinking that maybe I need to concentrate on making something else during my sewing vacay...but what?  BTW, I have 10 days of work before my sewing vacay begins and I...can't...wait!

...as always, more later!

38 comments:

  1. Very nice dress!!! You are Queen of the Border Prints (smile)! I don't blame you for tweaking the heck out of that pattern. There's nothing more valuable than a great TNT dress!

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  2. You look beyond fabulous! I love that print on you

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  3. The dress looks lovely on you and love the border print. B5147 is not to be pushed to the side the style line is perfect. Looking forward to Version 3.

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  4. I love that print! You are going to have me out shopping for border prints if you keep making such gorgeous dresses, as if I need any more fabric!

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  5. Fabulous as always! I especially like to border print cotton. Great dress.

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  6. Love the fabric for this dress! It looks so pretty on you. Another winner.

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  7. I really love that print. It's a great dress. Tell me that you didn't use 5 whole yards of bias binding - right?

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  8. You look fabulous!!! This style looks great on you and you chose great fabric....You are truly an inspiration to us newbies!!!

    Karen

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  9. Your dress is beautiful, as usual. I love the print.

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  10. Like the other commenters, I love the fabric. I love anything pink and black. I'm thinking maybe I need to make this dress to go with my yellow jacket with black piping. What do you think. BTW...what was so dreadful about the back view. The dress make you look fat...Fantastic And Tantalizing!

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  11. Oooh, I love this one, Carolyn! It looks sensational on you.

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  12. I love your second version. This pattern is already labelled as one of my TNT. Lol. Like you I finished my second version this weekend. Saturday I wore it. This pattern won't die anytime soon. After seeing your "tweaks", I think I need to fold out a litte at the front armhole, just a little.
    C

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  13. This dress is very flattering on you. I love the fabric!

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  14. Cute fabric for a lovely dress. That is a good system, getting the pattern 'perfect' before moving on...

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  15. Lovely dress - I love when a pattern is finally tweaked to perfection!

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  16. This second version is very nice. Good tweaks made. Love the fabric with the dots at border. Like the idea of contouring the underarm area. I normally raise that area about 1/2 inch also, but curving it in makes a snugger and more flattering fit, IMHO.

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  17. Lovely dress! I looks great to me, continue to tweak the pattern until you are satisfied with it!

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  18. I love the fabric and it is a great match with this pattern. Love this on you!

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  19. You chose the perfect pattern for that fabric. What a great dress!

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  20. This fits you perfectly! (But, then again, it should at this point, haha.)

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  21. Love your dress, and the fabric. You probably need to conduct a seminar in purchasing border prints. And I will have to attend. :-)

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  22. Butterick 5147 is turning out to be a real winner for you. This latest one is gorgeous - I love the fabric and the way you have used it to such good effect. I think this version looks perfect - so version 3 will be super-perfect!

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  23. C - I love the fabric and you are working it!

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  24. That dress is fantastic - like all that you make. I say - why push yourself to make something else? It's dresses you wear and dresses you want - so make dresses!! Who cares how many you have or have made? g

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  25. I love that border print. Keep em coming....they are all so nice and fit you so well!!!

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  26. You look beautiful - front & back!

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  27. Oooh! Love the print and of course the dress is to die for.

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  28. OOPS!! I'm the lurker who posted the "I love it!!" comment on your previous post. Although I agree with your post about people's opinions, I meant to comment on this dress and your sewing expertise. I got lost going back and forth trying to update my name and password on google. Oh, well! I finally came out to play!

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  29. Carolyn, I enjoy your fashion style and your writing. The details you give about how and why you do your adjustments and style details are very helpful to this beginner.

    I especially like the way you personalize each pattern to make it your own.

    Call this one your Fit-n-Flare dress. You got just the right combination of both.

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  30. Love the border print. You always pick the best fabrics.

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  31. I love a border print, and this pattern works really well for one.

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  32. There's nothing wrong with making it again! You're a TNT girl and I know a chic, almost instant sew dress will be your best friend. This is one great use of a border print, too.

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  33. i love that dress!!! Looks great on you.

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  34. Great dress! No, don't push it aside. I think it looks fabulous!

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  35. I love, love your unrestrained dress production. Makes me feel authorized to just sew as much as I want. Your blog always gives me a lift.

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  36. I like your border prints. And I love having a few good TNT dresses in the repertoire.

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  37. Yup, love this one too. :)

    All of your TNT talk on this blog has inspired me to start working on my own TNT patterns. More in an upcoming blog post. ;)

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