Sewing for Summer is my absolute favourite. It might not be the wisest, as we only get about 2 months of it, but still it is what I like to make and wear the most. So, it seems only right that I started sewing summer dresses back in February, right?
This particular dress was made recently and I really hope the weather will warm up so that I can wear it, even if a cardigan is needed.
I made the Butterick pattern B6446, view A. I believe this was my first time working with a Butterick pattern for myself, so I choose the size according to my measurements and made a size 8 graded to a size 10 at the waist and hips and just in case, made a toile using the lining. This might sound lazy, but not only saved me some time but also some fabric.
I did not made changes to the pattern, however I made the sash that is supposed to be for views B and C. No idea why as I really like the bow!
Although, I did not made changes to the pattern, I did to the construction and used an invisible zipper instead of a regular one, as it looks much better or should I say it doesn’t look… Sorry this might be a bad joke! But you know what I meant, a clean look is so much better and I thought an invisible zipper would give a neater finish. Also, I changed a bit the way the lining was attached so that the waistline seam would be enclosed and handstitched the lining. Much better in my opinion!
Of course, these are just personal preferences and do not change the way it looks or the fit but I do like a clean finishing.
The main fabric is a cotton print from Fibers to Fabric who kindly gifted it to me in exchange for my honest opinion, which is really honest. So much so that, I already bought more fabric from them. The fabric is a lightweight cotton (lighter than quilting cotton but heavier than lawn) with gorgeous colours as you can see (I did not edit the colours of the photos). It was a pleasure to work with and although it was actually cold when I took the photos, I can feel it is breathable and perfect for summer (can’t wait!). Like I mentioned, I already bought from them after and the shipping was fast (considering it comes from India) and they do have a lovely selection of fabrics. For the lining I used a cotton voile that I had in my stash.
I really like the way the bodice drapes and must confess that I was not so sure if the skirt would suit me well, but actually I quite like it. Oh! It has pockets!
I still have a couple more dresses to share with you but, for the moment I must start the girls Easter dresses as it’s only a week away. Better hurry!