Last night I cut out and sewed up my muslin for Butterick 5147. Obviously I didn’t include a lining for just a muslin. And I have to say I count this muslin as a success!!! Sorry, I don’t have pictures yet. I just did a hasty (read sloppy) zipper insertion, so I need to clean that up before getting a real assessment of the fit. But… I think… All I need is a slight swayback adjustment and maybe some adjustment for the back neck gaping I saw. Although I will start with the swayback and see if that takes care of the neck gaping, which it could, who knows!
I was so excited at how well this muslin fit that I booked my teacher Thea tonight to help me with the fitting issues. I will take pictures of before and after so you can see the muslin.
For reference purposes, I am making view C, the black sheath dress in the picture above. Here’s the line drawing:
It has bust darts and fish eye darts at the waist in front and back. I’ve never sewn fish eye darts before and did not have an easy time sewing them last night. It was hard to start them off at the right point precisely. Anyone have any tips?
So far my verdict on this dress is that it’s a real winner. I love the neckline (not too high or too low), the shaping is excellent, the ease is spot on (I tried sitting in the dress – no problems), and I think it’s very flattering (even for this post-partum body). I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. I really thought fitting this dress would be a nightmare. I thought I was going to have a nasty surprise on the sizing since I just had the 6 inch debacle last week. I cut out a sz 14 and don’t need to add any inches anywhere; just take some out of the back for the swayback adjustment. How cool is that???
I have no idea yet what fabric I am going to use. I will have to shop my stash.
I will most likely make my version with a hem above the knees to look more current with how people are wearing skirts/dresses these days. I have to confess, I feel funny about my knit dresses with hem lengths below the knees now. I am so excited about this sew along. If this dress can make a post partum chick look good I think it will make anyone look good. You have to try it out. Join us! The Butterick 5147 Dress Sew Along
Oh and one more thing… I think this dress is definitely TNT material for me. This will be a great dress for my work wardrobe. And it’s soooo easy; only 2 pattern pieces (4 including the lining).
Happy sewing everyone!