April Garment of the Month - Dress for Easter
Pattern Review: Butterick 4443
After spending Saturday in sunny Brighton, today in London is a such a contrast. Grey and miserable, but the perfect excuse to curl up in bed with a coffee and catch up on sewing blogs.
So here is my April garment of the month - another version of Butterick 4443.
I have made this previously here and I really love the style of the dress. I picked up this crepe like fabric from Goldhawk Road priced at £3 per metre sometime last year. I knew instantly that it would be great for another version of the dress. It drapes perfectly. As the fabric was quite thin I underlined all of the pieces with some stretch lining picked up from Simply Fabrics in Brixton, priced at £1 per metre.
I cut a size 14 and made my usual alteration to take in the waist and under the bust. I was very proud of myself as last time I made this dress I altered the skirt to make it shorter and remove some of the fullness. For this I traced a new skirt piece (something I don't usually do) so it meant that making all of the alterations was really quick. This dress is rated easy, and it is, but I always find that it does take some time for me. Underlining all of the pieces is time consuming, I took my time with the fit of the bodice, I french seamed the skirt and hand sewed an invisible hem. It was totally worth it though.
The only thing that I am unhappy with is my zip insertion. I feel like I am having some kind of mental block with them at the moment. When I sewed this dress previously the zip went in fine, but recently I have been struggling to get them in properly. I have vowed to work on them over the coming months to get my technique down. It's such a shame to take time with finishing techniques to then have a rubbish zip.
Anyway, overall I love this dress and pattern. I am sure that it will go into my TNT pile.
You can view my Pattern Review here.
I am unsure of my May garment. I am toying with Butterick 5949 or Simplicity 1810. I think that I am feeling overwhelmed by my stash, so many nice fabrics that I am unsure which one to go for first!
How do you guys decide when you have the same stash situation?