Elizabeth of Sewn!) And thought - Oh, I love that dress and I have a ton of dress lengths of knits - wonder if I can wear that.
The weekend before retreat I had run to Hancocks to looks for some ponte knits and came home with 2 knits. They both took a trip through the washer and dryer and then one of them got cut out as 'fake fabric' for the Butterick dress.
Just like the other dress - I worked on faith. I made very few adjustments mostly to the back . I adjusted the sleeves to be short. These days I prefer short sleeves or sleeveless - because honestly - long sleeves are just too hot. I raised the front by half and inch. And I cut the skirt at the biggest size on the pattern - trusting the finished garment measurements printed on it that it would in fact fit my hips without adding more room. Oh - but I did add length - 6 inches!
After sewing it up - the only changes I had to make were to unpick the back pleats in the skirt by an inch and half - they weren't falling nicely and needed to be shortened.
I think because of how I raised the front neckline, the hem didn't fall evenly at the bottom and I had to have a friend mark the hem - which is why the border print isn't hemmed yet. I'm going to attempt to figure that out on version #3 - because there will be many, many more.
This dress was comfortable and easy to wear. It stays overlapped with no fear of anything horrible happening - even when the wind blows.
One of the best parts of sew camp? Besides coming home with 2 patterns I feel comfortable sewing over and over? I gained confidence in my skills and came home feeling pretty and not nearly as big as I thought I was! Win / Win / Win!