Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Butterick 5147 in pictures

Please go and check out my fellow sewists versions of this dress on the Flickr site.  They have made some amazing dresses and you have to see the "Queen of this Pattern" (Sheila's) latest version!  It's pretty awesome if I say so myself.

I used the flared dress version (View D); since I have a TNT sheath-like dress pattern already.

The obligatory hands on the hip pose:


This is how I will wear the dress with a white cardigan:


This needs to be corrected:


One of the neck and bustline:



A few things I learned:
1.  Always stick with what I know works.  When I traced out the armhole section, I should have traced the TNT pattern's armhole instead of going with the B5147 pattern.

2.  Starting with your TNT is a great idea...it definitely saves time with alterations! (More on that later!)

A few things I will do differently:
a.  Raise the armhole seam.
b.  Take a little out of the side flare - I'm not sure I like the way it hangs.
c.  Take some tucks in the neckline pattern, it's a little wider than I like.

I will make this a few more times to work out the kinks so that I can start to play with the pattern.  It's a great pattern to add to my work wardrobe.  I can see myself making it for all 4 seasons. 

You can see my journey in pictures here...

...and a Parting Shot...

My daughter always makes me laugh soooooo hard while she is taking like 30 of these photos...


...as always, more later!

44 comments:

  1. The floral is lovely on you. I totally agree that working from a trusted pattern is the best approach.

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  2. Very cute dress, I really like the fabric.

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  3. I love the fabric and the color looks awesome on you! Another fantastic dress and outfit for your wardrobe!

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  4. I love this fabric, and it made up so nicely. The dress looks GREAT on you.

    Barb

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  5. Just found your blog! So inspiring! I love this dress...

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  6. That dress looks fantastic on you. I think it is the color. You look wonderful!

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  7. Your dress looks great! The armhole isn't that bad, but I do understand the frustration when one doesn't listen to one's gut. The gut usually knows best. ;)

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  8. Love seeing u in bright colors :)

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  9. That fabric is totally pretty. And so is the dress. And so are you.

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  10. You are so right. Why don't I remember "stick with what I know works".

    BTW, love it. Your new dress. I love it.

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  11. you are wearing my favorite color, this is such a fabulous print, the color is amazing, great dress, you look beautiful and happy

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  12. Comment from a lurker! Very nice even before tweaking. I find your blog very inspiring - thanks!

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  13. Fantastic dress! It is super flattering on you and perfect for summer.

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  14. That is one gorgeous dress I LOVE that print!

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  15. Look at you, you sexy beast! I love the way that dress fits you - super fab!!

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  16. Love the floral dress on you.

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  17. Love that dress - the fabric is prefect on you!

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  18. Your version is just beautiful - love the bright fabric.

    Karen (who really does plan on finishing her 5147...)

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  19. This is a really great dress on you!

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  20. Prints look wonderful on you, Caroline. More, more, more! I like the flare and hope you keep it.

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  21. I loved the look of this dress before, but seeing it on you makes me love it even more!! Its a great print and fabulous cut! Good job as usual!!!

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  22. The dress looks great on you and the print is so pretty. Thanks for the shout-out

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  23. This looks so beautiful on you!

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  24. I love the print you chose and the dress looks fantastic.

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  25. Another great pattern to add to your arsenal! The fabric is great. BTW, your work sewing pieces are so not boring.

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  26. That is such pretty fabric! I feel cooler (and happier) just looking at you. :-)

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  27. That print is so fabulous! Love look great!

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  28. Great tips on which kinks you're working on (tweaks, is that a good word?). I have many of the same problems, but unfortunately I don't have a TNT yet. I love your fabric choice! - Karen

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  29. The dress is very cute. Great summation of the thoughts on this dress/pattern.

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  30. This such a fabulous version of Butterick 5147! I love that exuberant floral print and the bright colour is gorgeous. It looks awesome on you.

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  31. The pearls, the cardigan...magnifique!

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  32. This is a great look for you! I'm so used to seeing you in solids or low-contrast prints and I really like this fabric. Wah, I'm so tired of being on a fabric diet!

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  33. I always love your floral prints, Carolyn. Good job on the dress. I liked reading your thought process about what you would do differently if you were to make it again. It's fun to see what you made and then envision how it would look with your proposed changes. A good mental exercise!

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  34. Wow! You do such lovely work. When do you find the time to sew?

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  35. You always look so sophisticated. Love it with the cardigan too.

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  36. I just found your blog and I have to say you look fabulous :) I have to say it because you do!

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  37. Beautiful! I love that print on you - perfect for those hot and humid summer days.

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  38. I'm late commenting, but just wanted to say - that dress is a STUNNER. It looks absolutely lovely on you!!

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  39. Have been looking for a pattern just like this in a business/suit combo and you've just made such an awesome version of it, it's just a total sell for me! Thanks hun! xx

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