The Butterick 5600 dress is almost done...
Why is it almost done and not completely finished? Two words...hand stitching. Seriously, there is so much hand stitching needed for this dress that I'm still stitching tonight...and I haven't made buttonholes or attached buttons yet.
A sneak peek...
Now the reason for the title of this post...I tried the dress on with the pins still in the front clasping it together and I'm a little shaky shaky. Not because it doesn't fit...and not because the border print doesn't work...but because yet again I am making a dress that I wouldn't normally make or wear. It is close fitting. It does have a belt/tie thingy. It does emphasize my booty. And if you haven't noticed by now, I like a sleeker, more straight line fit.
A fit that I learned to appreciate from Calvin Klein's '70s/early '80s garments. Those garments were simple, straight and gave the wearer a look of leanness...well at least that's how I remember it. It's a classic look that I strive to bring to my garments now by refreshing it with new colors, prints, details and lengths. By choosing to make some of the more popular looks in the pattern catalogues...I am really straying far from my comfort zone.
One more thing...please do not feel as if you can't write your true opinion about a garment here. You can write away and I will try very hard not to be offended...however, I'm gonna do and wear exactly what I want regardless...*LOL* So even though many of you loved the closer fit of my first V1250, it makes me uncomfortable. Too close...too eyecatching in places I'm trying to move your eyes away from...so totally outside my comfort zone.
And yes, the second version does have a lot more room in the abdomen and seat area, but after wearing it today, it was way more comfortable to wear and move in at work. Especially since I have one of those jobs were I can be sitting in a meeting one hour and in the next crawling under a desk to make sure a telephone wire is connected or standing on a step stool taking down pictures in one of our conference rooms. My clothes can't be for show. They have to work in all of my job related situations.
Since I have several more patterns that I am determined to make (why oh why I'm asking myself now! *LOL*), I need you to understand that I am soooooo far outside my comfort zone that at times I wonder just where I am. This is indeed a journey and I will have a story to tell by the end of the summer for sure! Hopefully, I will end up incorporating some of the new...with some of the old...to make fall garments that are me...but we shall see.
I am determined to work on the B5600 dress a little bit every evening this week. I want be able to reveal it this weekend and move onto the next pattern challenge.