The time had come to make something that was a little more complicated. I had picked up 2 old patterns a couple of weeks ago but was a bit hesitant to use them as I have never used a ‘proper’ pattern before. I have cut around items, used simple printed patterns from the internet and freestyled a bit. I decided to go for the Butterick 3664. I wasn’t really sure how to find the year the pattern was made, but it was bought in an antique store so that makes it old right?
I discovered that I had actually bought the wrong size, so when I cut the pattern pieces I added an extra inch to the width. Cutting the pattern was quite easy as it was already measured to size and I just needed to add my extras. The instructions were ok too. Quite straight forward until it came to including interfacing. I didn’t understand this section so I stuck to using facings of the same fabric. This was a method that I had used before. An invisible zipper was included as a fastening within the dress; this was new to me but seemed to be very similar to other zippers that I had used.
The instructions also called for topstitching, buttons and buttonholes. I loved sewing the buttons and buttonholes as my new machine does a lot of the process for you. I know, it’s kind of cheating but it is way quicker!!
I also used double hemming along the front of the skirt but wish I had done some sort of overcasting on the inner seams.
I am quite pleased with the finished product. I ended up doing a little bit of altering on the bodice and took off the original inch that I had added. I definitely needed to keep the extra inches on the hips though! The dress looks much better with a belt so I need to make something that co-ordinates better than my brown one. The pattern does actually give a template for a belt but I didn’t have enough of the same fabric to make one. There is also 2 bodice options;short and long. I used the longer one this time but I think the shorter one would suit my shape better, so I will use the shorter one next time! Overall, I am pleased with the dress and would happily wear it out! Woohoo…on to the next one now!