Butterick 6217 – The Gertie Top

Butterick 6217

I can remember seeing this pattern a long time ago, when I had first started to seriously have a go at making my own clothes.  The Butterick 6217 pattern has been sitting in my closet for around 4 years!  I know I bought it when there was a sale on the McCall’s website.  I seem to remember that they do a really good sale every now and again.  I don’t think that I paid more than $4 for the pattern.  I always thought that this was a beautiful pattern but it was way above my sewing level.

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Gertie Sews Vintage Casual – Zip Front Dress

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This dress has been on my list to make for a LONG time! I put it on my Make Nine plans for last year and just got round to sewing it up a couple of days before 2018 ended. I had always known which fabric I wanted to use for it too so that made it slightly easier to get motivated for it.

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Gertie Wraps Up!

A new favourite!  I am in love with this dress!  So in love, I’m already planning my second 😀

I had bought the cotton madras a while ago with this project in mind.  I actually wanted to make it for the TMS’s July ‘Check It Out’ challenge but despite my plans, I didn’t make it until August!  The fabric is so light and is just lovely.

The instructions were fairly straight forward and the dress came quickly.  The collar and neckline was a bit a teeny bit fiddly but believe me, it’s worth it! I’m really impressed with the finish of the collar.  I did have to tack the facings down a little but that’s my personal preference; it makes for easier wearing. 🙂  I chose to make it sleeveless and just faced the armholes with a bias tape that was in my stash.  I do think that I need to take them in a little more, maybe hem them another 1/2 inch.  They seem to be a little big around the arms and flap too much in the wind. 🙂

The only puzzle I had with this was with the seam on the neckline – I knew I needed to finish the seam and I knew I needed to clim the seam but finishing was not included in the instructions.  I wasn’t sure what to do so decided to clip and then finish, which turned out to be tricky.  Should I have left the finishing & not overlocked?  I thought about that but then worried that it might fray once washed?! Any alternatives would be appreciated!

So here’s the finished dress, on an outing to a local park.  It was so comfortable to wear!  I was trying to spot an alligator but didn’t find any. 😦  Maybe next time!

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Happy Belated New Year!!!

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HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!

It’s been a busy one! Our parents are still with us until the 7th and we have been showing them around, eating and entertaining. I haven’t done as much blogging as I would have liked to… so this post is my ‘starting’ post for 2015!

2014 was quite a good one for us 🙂 We finished renovating our house in the UK, got married and we are now spending some time in Alabama. AND I have had all the time in the world for crafting and blogging!
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