Sunday, September 15, 2013

Butterick 5676 -A Transition Into Fall Dress

Thank you for the nice comments on my Ponte Pant suit. I wore it to court but was not picked for Jury duty. My number didn't come up. The trial has already ended with a hung jury.

Today, I'm showing a colour blocked ponte dress that will be part of my mini wardrobe for the Pattern Review Contest. (I don't know why I'm typing in italics and I don't know how to change it back! lol!)

I used Butterick 5676 from my pattern stash. I had planned on making a copy of the Yves Saint Laurent Mondrian dress,but I changed my mind when I came across this pattern in my dresses drawer of patterns.

This is what I started with. I find this exercise very useful in planning a more complicated garment.

     I'll show you the dress and then tell you a little bit about it's construction.

I didn't follow  the plan for the back. I changed the upper back colour.

    The fabric is an RPL slubbed Ponte , the same I used for many other pieces this summer/fall.
    I made it pretty much exactly like the pattern envelope shows. 

I cut my usual size 10 at the shoulders and upper chest graded out to a size 12 from the chest  down and added about 1/2" extra at the side seams. I did an FBA like this  (I eased in the  extra at the side seam and the fit is right on. 

   At first sight ,this seems like a complicated design but it wasn't as difficult as it seemed.

   I changed the construction in this way:

    Instead of adding the neck band after the two sides of the front were assembled and joined at the         center front , I added the neckband to each side front. Then I sewed the center front seam .In this       way ,I avoided having to sew the V at the front center neckline.

    I also sewed the back neckband to the back and then sewed the shoulder seams to join the front           to the back.
    I omitted the side zipper as the dress goes on very easily without it.

    The hemline is finished with a twin needle. The dress is unlined.

     I decided to use three colours for my dress but I think it would have been fine with just the light          brown and the beige.

     I wore my dress to church today and I felt it was just the thing for mid September.

     This makes the third piece of my four piece mini wardrobe. I still need a top to go with the                      jacket and pants.Here are the jacket and dress together.

    In the meantime, I'm working on a brown denim pant suit for my sister Gloria who is the very same size as    me except she is not as busty as I am. I'm really enjoying the process ( and all the top stitching) I'll have it       to show you next week, if all goes well. 

    Happy Sewing  from



Faye Lewis said...

A big fat resounding YES! I love your color blocked dress!

bluenines said...

love the color blocking and the colors that you used
happy sewing

Vicki said...

Love it. Great colours for you.

Jenny said...

Beautiful dress! I wish I had that pattern. I don't even remember seeing it when it was in print. Very striking.

Linda T said...

Absolutely perfection! I love it, the colors, the color block, EVERYTHING.

Claire S. said...

Absolutely stunning ! Love the colours, the blocking, everything...and it looks beautiful on you !

Claire S. said...

LOL - I commented before seeing the earlier ones. Just noticed LindaT and I are REALLY on the same wavelength :-)

pegsewer said...

Thanks for your nice comment on my color blocked dress. I really love yours. That ponte has a wonderful "hand" for it.

Martha said...

What a great looking dress. And I love the jacket with it as well.

shams said...

What a chic dress, Diana! I like the sophisticated tonal color scheme.

Towanda said...

Love it, you look great.

EmSewCrazy said...

Love all the colorblocking on this dress. It is a super cool pattern too!

Jane M said...

I love what you did with the dress and colorblocking. And I think the three colors make it so chic.

Mary said...

This is such a cute dress, and your color blocking makes it extra special. Very beautiful outfit!

Vernelle Nelson said...

Isn't color blocking cool? That jacket is the perfect accent to top off this cute fall dress. Keep 'em coming.