Butterick 5845 | A Formal Dress For Sofie
Last week I showed you my first time sewing fishing wire hems to make a curly cupcake skirt. Today I’m showing a formal dress for Sofie!
I used inexpensive poly-satin for this dress. I’m not ready to risk good fabric with my limited experience, and this was stuff I had in the stash. I was really turned off by fabrics like satin, charmeuse, and silk because I had some near death experiences with them on my old (cheap) sewing machine. As in…the sewing machine almost choked to death. But the machine I’m on now handles them just fine. And I feel drunk with power.
I used Butterick 5845* to make this dress. Once the bodice was cut and put together, I realized it was enormous for my niece. I had to chop off about 8 inches; which was pretty much both center back panels.
Did I read the size chart? No. Did I make a muslin? Uh-uh. But it’s still Butterick’s fault for always making their patterns run so huge & not putting a disclaimer on the front cover. Right? Because I always forget that they run HUGE.
The bodice fit wasn’t the worst of my issues. After chopping so much off the bodice; the high low skirt just wasn’t going to fit. I gathered the hell out of it. When I realized the gathers were an inch thick and it still wouldn’t fit into the bodice, I had to make it work.
I chopped the huge, skirt of all skirts into a smaller, more manageable skirt. Gone was the elegant southern ballgown I envisioned, and in it’s place stood a 90’s prom dress.
Don’t think I’m trashing the 90s either. I’d go back and do that decade again if I could. I LOVE THIS DRESS.
So does she:)
When I saw her wear it the other day, I almost fell over. She had put on her bitty sized leather jacket and combat boots- it reminded me of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. (The movie, not the series.) It was pretty dang cute.
I’m getting pretty heavy handed with Swarovski crystals* lately. You apply them with a tiny heat tool. Everything I see, I ask myself: “Would this be better bedazzled?” The answer is always yes.
This week I’m sewing for Bella, my 9 year old. She’s designing her clothes again, uh-oh. I’m a little scared because last time she designed a retro dots dress that was 17 kinds of crazy. I’ll let you know how it turns out!