Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Completed bridesmaid dress - B5705

Yippee I have finished one of the little bridesmaid dresses.  Both little dresses were completed leaving me to make the 2 cummerbunds and press the hem on the other dress.

Here is the completed Butterick 5705 and I am delighted with it.

I made a few changes to the original pattern.  I decided to add an interlining to this and inserted organza to the bodice and skirt pieces.  As you can see from the hem, you don't see any stitches because you catch the interlining and not  the dress.  I also inserted an invisible zipper rather than using a lapped zip.  I decided against making the covered buttons predominately due to the time constraints, I can always revisit if I have time.

The cummerbund is made out of the same fabric that I am using for the adult bridesmaids and compliments the pale gold fabric beautifully.

When I made my first cummerbund I didn't use anything to stiffen the crepe backed satin.  This caused the bows at the back of the dress to, well just flop!!!  I didn't like the effect so added the organza to all the pieces of the cummerbund as well, which once tied allow you to puff out the bow and more or less shape it.

Tomorrow I have booked a day's vacation and the job list includes:-

  1. Complete the 2nd cummerbund,
  2. Press the hem of the 2nd dress and these two little dresses are good to go (phew).
  3. Cut out and make a start on the dress for my 10 year old bridesmaid.
I have the family coming for lunch on both Sunday (my children) and Monday (Mike's children/sister and niece).  My goal is to try and have two more dresses ready for fitting over the weekend - wish me luck.

Catch you later.


  1. Wow, these look so cute. It will be such a pretty wedding!

  2. These are so beautiful. What a handsome wedding party it will be!

  3. Oh, it is so sweet. There is a lot of work in little flowergirls dresses, as much as bridesmands dresses. They always look so quick and easy but there is a lot of work in getting good results.

  4. Oh! what a sweet dress for the little ones to wear. Now to see the next dresses. You are so organized, you will be done before you know it.

  5. I wish I was there! This is soooo adorable! I love the color combination and the simplicity of the dresses, and yet they are very detailed, with the pleats and cummerbunds. Love the whole look! I hope you are loving every stitch and making memories while you work. Seriously, I'd love to be there to be a part of it!


  6. Beautiful! I can only agree with the comments above.

  7. Ah, so beautiful, Pauline...what a gorgeous wedding you are making!

  8. Well done - this looks just beautiful! Well worth all the pre-planning and effort you are putting in. You are going to be sooooo proud when they are all finished...J

  9. I love it, its so different, gorgeous choice of pattern, fabric and the bow just makes it.
    Looking forward to seeing the other dresses. Well Done

  10. THe dresses are beautiful..Love the bows on the back.. Hope you have a wonderful Easter with
    both sets, and you get a lot of sewing done..

  11. You are amazing. This is beautiful

  12. Gorgeous little dress and bow. Good luck with the others.

  13. Beautiful color combination! I can't
    Wait for the wedding photos. I think this will be one wedding that should be featured in a magazine. Now that I think about it, you should submit pictures to Threads Magazine's Reader's Closet.

  14. They are absolutely lovely. Good luck with this week-end's progress.

  15. They are absolutely lovely. Good luck with this week-end's progress.

  16. I looked on line for the size measurements and wasn't able to find them. Does it have measurements for what size to make a little girl?
    I'm specifically interested in the size 8.
    Beautiful dresses!

    1. Hi Stephanie I am not sure what a size 8 is but the dress you see here fits my petite grandaughter who will be 3 in July, and my other grandaughter who is tall for her age who will be 2 in July - I cut out the age 2 for the girls.