Sunday, October 21, 2012

Stone & Brown Butterick 5147


I like this dress' silhouette.  I like how it's a great staple, how it can be made up in various fabrics and that simple embellishments can give it a new twist. Somewhere in my travels through the internet, I saw a dress like this and I knew that I could make my own using Butterick 5147. This is my fourth version and I have version five already planned...I'm sure that there will be even more in the future. 

Some stats:
Fabric ~
St. John ponte knit purchased earlier this year

Notions ~
22" stone invisible zipper
brown embroidery floss

Construction Techniques
Instead of cutting the front pattern piece on the fold, I added a 5/8" seam allowance and sewed the two front pieces together.  I wanted a front seam for embellishment purposes. 


I hand stitched around the back & front neckline and down the front of the dress using brown embroidery floss. To make sure that the stitching was relatively straight, I added scotch tape down the center front seam to use as stitching lines. I also added an inch strip of lightweight fusible interfacing down the back of the center front seam to insure that the seam line and fabric was stable.


Since I didn't line the dress, I simply pressed down a 5/8" seam allowance at the neckline and the armholes. I pressed stitch witchery into the seam allowance to stabilize them and used a twin needle to stitch the armholes flat. I also used twin needle stitching for the dress' hemline.

I got a lot of bang for the buck from this very easy sew. It took about 4 hours from cut to finish ~ even with the hand stitching! I definitely see more of these in my future.

A few more pics...

Dress front

Dress with Butterick 6002 jacket

Dress with Burda 8869 cardigan

Dress & Cardigan back

Piece number five for The City in Winter Collection is done.  This was an unexpected piece that I added but since it works with both toppers, I'm glad that I did include it.

...as always more later!




47 comments:

  1. I love your running stitch detail! The dress looks fabulous with that cardi. :-)

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  2. What a fantastic staple! It works well with the garments in these photos and I'm sure you have many other things you can wear with it, too. It's incredible what a difference the top stitching makes to a simple garment. So chic.

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  3. It's lovely dress in a great color and I love the detail of the running stitch. Last week on PBS I saw a Sashico machine - apparently - it does all sorts of decorative stitches.

    what I really want to know is how you get your running stitches such a consistent space and length. g

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  4. Carolyn, I love the topstitching. That takes it to the next level.

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  5. You look very elegant, Carolyn! Very nice dress!

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  6. Absolutely beautiful! I love the topstitching. Gertie posted a jacket with topstitching yesterday. I shall be jumping on this bandwagon soon. Thanks for the peek and the update of the collection.

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  7. Oh, I may have to copy this one! I love it. Love it with the cardis too. I bet you'll get a lot of mileage from this one. Sometimes the simple makes are worth 10x their "difficulty" factor in wearability.

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  8. Gorgeous dress! Love the brown accent stitching. You'll definitely get alot of wear out of it!!!

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  9. Lovely dress and like the hand stitching detail.

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  10. oh that's pretty! and you look so polished with your styling.

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  11. You look very elegant. I love the topstitching.

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  12. Wonderful--elegant--classy! As always, Carolyn--inspiring!

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  13. Simple and simply elegant. Love it!
    -sewingelle

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  14. Love the handstitching detail and lovely seeing it with your new jacket and cardigan. Enjoyed the outdoor photos as well.

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  15. I'm so over using facings on necklines. I'll be turning the edges over for this summer's wardrobe. Thanks Carolyn:)
    I like how this dress fits into your new collection.

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  16. Very chic; and I absolutely love that hand-stitching down the centre front of the dress! A fun and funky detail :)

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  17. What a brilliant idea to use scotch tape to help with the embroidery. The stitching makes it very classy!

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  18. It is a flattering silhouette! I like the decorative top-stitching, it gives the dress some interest without going too far.

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  19. Fabulous, as usual! I love how well this dress works with the rest of your collection, and I think the hand stitches make this dress memorable and unique. Lovely!

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  20. Love the dress and the whole winter collection.

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  21. Very nice,love the embellishment!

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  22. That running stitch really sets it off. Fabulous with cream.

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  23. The handstitching takes it to a whole 'nother level. Great dress!

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  24. Beautiful, that hand stitching makes the dress!

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  25. Love this one. You look amazing in it. The hand stitching just makes that dress.

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  26. Another beautiful dress.That was a great idea to put the tape on the front to keep your beautiful top stitching straight.. Thankyou for the tip.

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  27. Well, you've done it again...another great dress! I love the hand stitched embellishment...simply chic!

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  28. That dress and cardigan combo is fabulous, and I think Scotch tape was an awesome idea!

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  29. How cute! What a difference that simple embroidery makes!

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  30. I LOVE the running stitch detail! There is a Simplicity pattern that calls for a decorative running stitch to make sort of a faux collar. I've always admired it and wanted to try it. This might just make me go for it!

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  31. The dress is stylish, beautifully made and looks comfortable. I have written down this pattern # and the Chanel-type jacket. I don't know that I would have considered a knit but it is the perfect fabric to look polished and yet provide ease of wear. As much as I love fashion, the older (and more arthritic) I get, the more I look for things that will provide the look I want without compromising comfort. Thank you for showing me that I can have it all!

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  32. How cute! I love the embroidery! And how genius of you to use scotch tape to keep your lines straight!

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  33. You always manage to take your garments to the next level with your embellishments. I've just posted a similar dress that I made which feels very blah and boring now compared to yours.... Maybe I need to practice my handstitching to perfect it like you have

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  34. What a beautiful, simple enhancement. Just stunning.

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  35. Another great addition to your wardrobe. I love the hand-stitching down the front - a fun detail. Very Chic!

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  37. Another Bad Creation!!! I love the saddle stitch detail, I first saw it in Threads Mag but did not appreciate it until I saw it in a vintage patternmaking book and then really wanted to try it when I saw it on simplicity 2473 and now yours. I really have to get to it now.

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  38. Great dress - simple yet elegant. I love saddle stitching embellishment but my attempts by hand always look terrible, I must work on this!

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  39. Great embellishment! White/ecru is underused as a non-summer color.

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  40. This is gorgeous. I love your hand top-stitching. Win win!

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  41. Absolutely love it. I am so impressed with the brown hand sewing detail on the dress. I hate hand sewing so this has given me slight motivation to try this look. Thanks for your posts. I love them. I sew but definitely not as advanced as you are. Check out my blog when you have a chance at DarcyRo.blogspot.com.

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