Saturday, 30 March 2013

Butterick 5710 - WIP - dress No.4

I have made good progress with dress No.4 today which is Butterick 5710.

Please ignore the unpressed seams and any minor creases, as clipping and pressing is my next job, but not until tomorrow as we have other plans for tonight. Also there is the toil for my dress already on the mannequin adding to the lumps and bumps showing through.

This is a lovely dress pattern, but all pieces are cut on the bias, and despite having a long cutting table, I couldn't just lay out the pattern pieces and cut, so I had to cut part of the pattern, and carefully move it all so I could cut out the next piece.

This dress is for a lady who is 5' 10" tall and has a 36F cup, so this added to my some of my problems, one being getting the length of the pattern pieces for the back on the cross grain, the other being the FBA adjustment.

The dress is designed with quite a long train, but I reduced this down quite a bit and as you can see below, I think it is more than adequate for a bridesmaid dress.


Now I have got one under my belt, the next one should be easier, especially as I don't have an FBA or length adjustments to make for the next dress.

This particular dress will be fitted on Monday, so I haven't sewn any side seams, and tomorrow's job is to cut out the dress for my daughter-in-law who is 2lbs lighter than her pre-pregnancy weight and our darling Sofia is only 5 weeks old today.

That's all for today folks, hopefully more progress updates tomorrow.

Catch you later.............

11 comments:

  1. What a lovely dress! You're really making progress and I hope tonight is a nice break for you! Enjoy!

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  2. Hope you have fun tonight.. and love this dress. The wedding is going to be so pretty... Can't wait for photos.. Happy Easter.

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  3. My heavens, you are on a roll!

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  4. Stunning gown! Reminds me of Vionnet! Wow! Going to look amazing! X

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  5. Gorgeous dress - you go girl!

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  6. I loved that pattern (which I call the Pippa dress) and so happy to see it made up. You are doing a fabulous job!!

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  7. This is such a stunning dress. It looks beautiful so far!

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  8. My granddaughter used this pattern to design the drape on the front of her mother's wedding dress. She completely redesigned the back of the dress, and practically eliminated the train, added a jacket. I made the pattern for her. The dress was made of Crisp Silk in a mint green/ivory slight pattern and the jacket was the mint green covered in pearls. The wedding was last week and she look beautiful. I helped my grand daughter, who is a senior in fashion design at Eastern Kentucky University made the final dress. To see hers in its finished condition go to my blog. JenEdesign@blogspot.com.

    I love the softness of the one you are making. Hope you are having much fun making yours as we did ours

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  9. Stunning! The dress and you! I would be terrified sewing for other people and for such a special day, and with that slippery fabric AND on the bias. Hats off to you!

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  10. Thank you all for your kind comments. I cut out my daughter-in-laws dress today, and despite taking her measurements, I decided to cut the size below the recommended size (according to her measurements) and I am so glad I did because it would have swamped her if I had cut the size 12. I have to make a few alterations to this particular dress for her, and hopefully it will not be too problematic. The dress in the photo above is for the 2nd bridesmaid which I shall fit tomorrow so fingers crossed there isn't too many problems.

    I confess I dont particularly like sewing for other people, so this is almost a labour of love!!!!

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  11. Great job Pauline. Bias is not an easy style to accomplish for oneself so tackling it for someone else would overwhelm me. It's beautiful!

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