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.
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.
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!
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!