Sunday, December 4, 2011
Black Retro Dress - Butterick 5603
I chose a black polyester that had a lot of give. Not quite lycra, but probably close. This time I cut the pattern to my size, trying to get away from my fear of cutting the pieces too small and ruining the fabric.
I still ended up taking in the sides because I wanted it to be snug like the picture on the pattern and I figured because it is spandex, I had a little room to play with.
Unfortunately, I ended up taking in too much at the armhole. It felt fine when I was sewing and fitting, but then when I wore it to work, the zipper rubbed too much at the armpit and was really uncomfortable by the end of the day.
On this pattern, I found the edging around the front to be challenging. The back V-neck was very difficult to understand how to attach. I did youtube searches for how to make a v-neck but didn't find much.
Here are the results - It isn't great so far. I'd love to find a tutorial that teaches a v-neck better than the pattern did.
Next step: take apart the zipper and arm hole to make a little more room and re-do the v-neck in back. The fit is great and I like the style of the pattern, so I would definitely make it again.