Butterick 5845 | A Formal Dress For Sofie

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!

Butterick 5845 Formal Dress

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.

Coral & lavender formal toddler dress | SewsNBows

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.

Coral + Lavender Satin Dress with Rhinestones | SewsNBows

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.

Coral Satin Dress with Lavender Accents | SewsNBows

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.

Coral + Lavender Satin Dress with Rhinestones

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.

Girls Satin Formal Dress, Butterick 5845 | SewsNBows

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.

Girls Formal Dress Butterick 5845 | SewsNBows

So does she:)

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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.

Rhinestone Bow Dress Detail | SewsNBows

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.

Butterick 5845 | SewsNBows

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!

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Amy Mayen

Hello. I'm Amy and I'm addicted to sewing. I borderline-hoard fabric, buttons, & patterns. Sometimes I wish I could pile my fabric up on the floor and just roll in it!


  1. Ren

    This is all kinds of wonderful. I’ve had my eye on this exact dress pattern as I prep to make dresses for three littles in my sister’s wedding! I’m so glad I read to measure them first. I haven’t made a butterick yet, so I would have had no clue.
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  2. Linda

    Unbelievably CUTE. The dress is nice, too…. Best wishes, what an excellent sewer you are.
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  3. Justine

    I love it Amy! And I would have killed for this dress at my prom in the ‘cough’ late 80’s. I bet she just loooves this. Gigi would. The fit looks perfect. Just a tip about sewing with silky fabrics: Buy a straight stitch plate for your machine and a straight stitch foot and it will never tug or pull down.

  4. Annie

    90’s prom… well Sofie sure looks like a princess! I would love to see the dress paired with the leather jacket and boots too :) You have done a great job altering the pattern. Why do those big name patterns run so huge?? What do they think we are feeding our children???
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  5. Jenya

    This dress took a lot of effort, but it was worth it I think. Standing ovation for sewing slippery fabric. Next time I pig out on condensed milk and ice cream I will get a Butterick pattern hahaha
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  6. Gina

    now i know where Sof gets her adorableness from……her Aunt!!!! good job making this work; wouldn’t it be nice if all patterns were sized the same?!?! Sofie definitely can rock the 90’s prom dress!!!!! can’t wait to see what you and Bella are cooking up!
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  7. Mel

    Oh she looks adorable, you’re better than I am, that much trouble and I would’ve tossed the whole thing but 90’s prom dress, fab. How funny you mentioned the Buffy movie, I was talking about that on the weekend and the children I was with (25 year olds) said was there a movie, smacked my head and grabbed another wine.

    Great job in the dress and yes bedazzling is always right!
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