Saturday, March 23, 2013

Butterick 5882 Review

I finished version of B5882.  I made it in black.  And I found out that trying to get the lighting right on a black dress against a white background is pretty difficult.  There were some Photoshop shenanigans in order to show the contrast on the dress.  And not the usual shenanigans where I make my crow's feet disappear or magically erase back fat.  I had a friend I hadn't seen in person in years tell me that I look like I haven''t changed since high school because she saw at some photos of me on Facebook.  Poor thing didn't know it was all due to clever software.

Anyway... on the the dress.  Here are the front and back views.


For the bodice contrast, I chose a sheer fabric with polka dots.  It does not make neat little pleats like the pattern was intended to do, but I like the effect.   I had also ended up doing a little hand-sewing on the strap to get it to keep down at the bust line.  Gertie covers the strap placement on her blog
The main part of the dress is made from a cotton sateen.  The fabric from the bodice was actually part of a border print.  The edges are embroidered and I couldn't help but want to use it for the skirt.  But I was torn, because I really did want to sew the pattern as written. 

I made a removable over-skirt. I sewed a rolled hem on the vertical edges of the fabric, then made a button for a closure. I knew that would add volume to the skirt, but it was an effect I actually liked.  Very 50's and buried-in-yards-of-fabric.



This is the dress with the over-skirt.  It is a little hard to see the detail on the gather.


Picture on pattern
My version with gathered over-skirt
Mini-review: I really loved this pattern.  It was pretty easy to sew and the instructions were good. I ended up sewing a size smaller than the pattern said should be my size based on measurements, but I usually find that when you want close-fitting bodices (like in retro dresses), you have to really find out what the ease is and then take that into consideration.  Also, since I chose a cotton sateen for the fabric, I knew that it would stretch and I wouldn't need the ease.  Making the muslin helped make that decision easier, too

I am looking forward to Gertie's next patterns.  I would definitely buy from her line again.

14 comments:

  1. Gorgeous you must be so delighted.

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    1. Thanks! There are always things I think I could do better.... buy overall, it is a wearable dress and the pattern is really good. Now I just need someplace to wear it to.

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  2. Love it! This is the first sewn version I've seen and it's really inspiring me to sew mine.

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    1. Do it! I'm dying to see other people's versions!

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  3. Looks great, good idea with the overskirt:)

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    1. Thanks... I am hoping the over skirt could be used with something else, too. Maybe. I just don't know what yet. Maybe inspiration will hit one day.

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  4. I made this and the first try I think the size was too big, so I remade it and that time it was too small... I'm going INSANE! (Next I'm picking the middle of those 2 sizes lol). But on both the shelf part is NOT looking well. On the bottom of the strap - where does that sit on yours? Is it supposed to be where the underwire of a bra would be? Because that's what I imagined but mine is WAY WAY higher..

    Thanks!
    -Amy (www.thatssewamy.com)

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    1. Oh no! The under bust strap is totally strange when you are constructing it. I expected it it go where the underwire would, too, but it doesn't. It goes more over the center of the bust. Unless I have it totally wrong, too. Which is possible, but it seems to fit, so even if I am wrong, I think I am going with it. Post a link to your dress. I'd love to see it!

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    2. I ended up finding on Gertie's blog that it's supposed to go to the center of the bust - so you're right :) Btw, I love the bodice contrast you did - I think it looks better that way than the pleats LOL. I will post a link here when I review the pattern fully. Hopefully in the next few days :) Here is the link to Gertie's explanation, I like the look of the Trashy Diva bust area best :) I'm small chested so it would flatter better! http://www.blogforbettersewing.com/2013/03/reader-question-will-butterick-5882.html

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    3. Thanks for the link! I like the Trashy Diva's version too. Can't wait to see yours!

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  5. LOVE it! Maybe you can help me out. I'm making this dress and the pattern calls for the strap to be cut out of the contrast and main fabrics, but as far as I can tell, only the contrast fabric is used. I don't want to cut that giant strip out of my main fabric if I don't need to. Do you remember coming across this in your sewing?

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    1. I don't have the pattern on me right now but I thought if you were doing view A you need to cut the strap from the contrast fabric and if you are doing view B you have to cut it from the main fabric. I don't remember doing both of them for 1 single dress. Hopefully that helps some :) Here's my fun with that dress: http://www.thatssewamy.com/past-projects/gerties-shelf-bust-dress-butterick-b5882/

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