This dress has actually been finished for a few days now but I wanted an outside picture and the weather has just been dreadful. In a brief moment of sunshine DH and I and the chickens went out to take the pictures. I love him for taking them but he just doesn't get how to fill up the screen so sorry for the distance shots. I think you get the drift though.
This pattern is Butterick 5348. The sleeves can be either gathered or angel sleeves. I am so glad I did the angel sleeves. But if I make this again will make a longer sleeves. I just don't like short sleeves on me period! The hem is the length the pattern advised and I LOVE that. Didn't know my legs could take that length but it seems they can so more mid knee lengths are in the future. It is hard to see here but there is an interfaced belt type piece sewn with buttons to the front bodice and another to the back bodice, great waist emphasis. Out of this piece on each side are long, thin sewn tubes that tie into bows under the arms on each side. I think its kind of a cute touch. If anyone out there needs some volume added to the bust, this is the dress for you, with all those gathers at the neckline and waist. I think it makes me look a little too booby, but I'll live with that. One great thing about this dress, I made no pattern adjustments whatsoever. Given that I am 5 feet tall, that could be an issue for someone who is taller.
I agree with the commentors. This needed more detail shots. So the dress went on the form and here we are. You can see the partial belt sewn on to the back and front. I think its a cute detail.
I lined the bodice and serged all the seams before I started as this fabric was way ravelly. I recommend the linen/rayon blends as they barely wrinkle. It went together quite easily. I will make this again and have already started. I have a colorful poly silky print that I am using and it will be cut to be just a top. I had to do the angel sleeves because of the amount of fabric I had but I will live with that. I have pledged myself to get more color into my wardrobe and life. I look in my closet and it is brown, beige, navy, gray and black. I desperately need and love color. I think my thrust for now will be colorful tops to go with the pants I already have and maybe another dress or two. I do love to wear skirts in the summer as they are so much cooler and more comfortable than pants.
So I am working on the top right now and will probably start working on the smocked insert for the little blue dress......Bunny