This is my first make of the B5600 dress. I can’t remember where I saw this, but I obviously liked it enough to buy the pattern. I won’t call this a wearable muslin, because I took care over the construction, but this was a first make in fabric that was £1 a metre off Walthamstow market. My hope was that I wouldn’t have to get too upset if the fitting didn’t work. Total cost for fabric, underlining fabric and buttons probably came to about £7.
I added two inches to the length. Next time I’d add two and a half. I’d take the shoulders in very slightly too. Otherwise, I’m happy!
The fabric was a joy to work with, so pretty and full of Spring vibes. Yellow seems to be everywhere at the moment; I may have stumbled into a trend. The cotton is so light that I could use French seams almost everywhere. It doesn’t crease much either, which makes it perfect for packing for a weekend trip to Europe. I definitely imagine myself strolling along tree-lined streets in this dress! I was concerned about transparency in strong sunlight, so I underlined it with lining fabric I bought from – ooh – Goldhawk Road (my only reccie purchase):
The red buttons were really cheap from (shock, horror!) John Lewis:
There’s a nice pleat at the back, extending down from the back yoke:
Okay, confession time. I did a really bad job of the collar:
What went wrong, Karen?
- It was just a bit fiddly.
- I became impatient and didn’t bother trimming seams properly so there was a significant amount of bulk to deal with.
Lesson learned. Put the sewing down when you’re becoming impatient. (Do you think I’ll remember that next time…)
I love those sweet little puff sleeves with the elasticated hem.
Warning – when sitting down in this dress, don’t hurl yourself back in a seat legs akimbo. (Well, I hope you wouldn’t anyway!) But I’m just saying… You’ll need to sit down quite daintily to ensure that too much pressure isn’t put on the very bottom button hole. You’ll also need to feel comfortable with a significant glimpse of lower thigh because of the split.
Apologies – washed but not yet ironed.
It’s lovely stuff, isn’t it? It will be dense enough to not require underlining so would be a quicker make. But I’m going to hold fire for a few days yet and just wear the B5600 a bit to see how I get on with it. If I find myself constantly sitting daintily feeling very prissy and self-conscious all the time, I might give a second make a miss.
In case you’re interested, the rather fun belt came from H&M and was about £3. The bracelet, also £3, came from the fascinating Snooper’s Attic on my Brighton shopping trip!
I hope this helps any other people looking for a flattering summer dress, who doesn’t want loads of frills.