Guys, I only flipping made a dress! There are hardly words to describe what an achievement this is, given current life demands. I made a vow with myself that each evening I would do a small, tangible piece of sewing and that I wouldn’t set myself a deadline. It worked – I made a dress in a week – but sometimes it was hard to step away from the wild-eyed, four-hour sewing sessions that are all too seductive. (Sewing is crack to knitting’s herbal tea.)
I chose the Butterick B5600 pattern because it was marked ‘easy’ and wouldn’t need lining. Easy does not necessarily mean quick. There’s a button band, a collar treatment, cap sleeves to insert, tie and tie casing… Worth it, though. This is a perfect autumnal make.
With the dress’s button front, I took the opportunity to crack open my new Bernina buttonhole cutter. When I first opened the box, my first thought was, I paid £19.50 for this?! But that thing is sharp. Like, sharp. Like, don’t drop the blade on your kitchen counter. I’m impressed but, still. I don’t think my seam ripper was doing that bad a job at opening buttonholes.
The fabric was bought for £3.99 a metre. It’s a polyester something, has been through the washing machine and dryer, refuses to crease – perfect for looking smart on a weekend or in the office.
Having made this dress once before, I knew to ignore the buttonhole placements – at 9cm apart, they gaped far too much for the comfort of myself or unfortunate witnesses. So I set buttonholes 7cm apart – perfect. It’s also worth keeping an eye on the shoulder width. There’s a tendency for sleeve seams to hang off your shoulder if you don’t adjust during construction.
The tie belt is an interesting combination of fashion fabric and elastic, which makes it grip the body:
I’m thrilled to have sewn something. What about you? Any recent achievements you’re proud of? Recently spent £19.50 on a block of wood and a blade?!