Wednesday, August 12, 2015

The most colorful frock: Butterick 5947 Review

Hey Y'all
Let me start by saying I love color, the louder the better, I always have. I have never been a "I love black, I love earth tones, I love muted colors" kind of person. With that being said this dress is one colorful frock and I almost second guessed myself after I had it made up. But, I threw it on and wore it anyway and I'm glad I did because I love it. I don't think its something I will wear a lot or very often because this is loud, bright and memorable but I do like the print and the pattern. On to the review.  

Pattern Description:  Dress has fitted, lined bodice variations with back princess seams, semi fitted skirt, back zipper and self belt. A: front tucks. B. side front button bodice. C. back slit. B and C: front princess seams.

Pattern Sizing: 8-24.  I made view C. I made the size 16 bodice and size 18 skirt which was a little roomy and I could have taken a bit of the roominess out of the skirt and probably will on my next go at this pattern. 

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, I believe so.

Were the instructions easy to follow? Instructions were not difficult at all to follow along. 

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? No dislikes.

Fabric Used: Not sure of the fabric content. It is a woven with no stretch. Possibly a cotton jacquard or maybe even a twill. I didn't jot the content down when I purchased it, which I usually try and do.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I omitted the self belt, I lengthened the bodice by 1 inch. After basting the bodice together I determined I needed to take it in an additonl 3/8 of an inch.  
I believe the pattern calls for lining of the dress. I didn't line it. My material was thick enough to not require a lining, and I always wear half slips with my dresses when I wear them to church anyway.  
I used bias binding on the neck.  

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I will be sewing this again. I love the princess seams on the bodice.
I am super proud of this invisible zipper and the matching intersecting bodice and skirt seams. 

Can you see that zipper?? No?? Ah ha! that's my point. 

 Just in case you don't understand....  I have finally mastered this invisible zipper installation and I'm so happy about it. I literally wanted to dance a jig looking at this picture again.

I like more of a "pencil skirt silhouette, not super tight but slim, so next time I will take a bit of the fullness out of the skirt.  

OK, so I couldn't resist. Decided to dance that jig for you anyway! 
 Conclusion: I love this dress. the princess seaming is probably my favorite thing, this can be as basic or as fancy a dress as you'd like it to be (in my opinion)

Have you tried this pattern yet? If so let me know what you think.
Talk with Y'all later.


  1. That is one fabulous dress beautifully made and the fabric choice is amazing, well done, you really know what colours suit you.

  2. Love this bold fabric on you! And your zipper is perfection!

  3. Absolutely beautiful!!!!! I love the fabric too.!!!!


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