Saturday, March 01, 2008
Butterick 5173 knit dress pattern review
Look at this cute maternity dress!
Oops, that's not actually what it is intended to be.
It's Butterick 5173, a Maggy London knit pullover dress, that didn't work out quite as well on me as I had hoped.
While I thought the dress was really cute, in the end the style of the dress isn't to my liking.
I did make a few minor changes to the original design, but nothing drastic. The first thing I needed to do was an FBA (full bust adjustment.) and I wasn't sure how to do it on this design. So what I ended up doing was tracing the dress front pattern above the waist only. Then I cut and spread the area where the gathers fall over the bust in three places. This worked pretty well, but I still could have added more to the width of the front. As it was I sewed the upper side and back seam in 3/8" seams rather than 5/8" seams.
The back of the pattern has a v-neck with a contrast band and I changed that. I raised the back neckline by using the back pattern piece from New Look 6429 as my guide. The back band was eliminated so I finished the back neck edge with a narrow hem using clear elastic. I also brought the front neckline up by 1".
Front neck band
The first time I sewed the front band on there were way too many gathers at the bottom of the band (see the illustration on the pattern cover - it shows the tight gathers more accurately than the photo or the line drawings). The bottom point of the band stuck out in an odd way. I kept trying to make it lay flat but it would not cooperate.
So I removed the band completely - after sewing a double seam and trimming - and added another two inches to the length. This meant I could adjust the gathers so there would be less at the bottom point. It still pulls out funny at the bottom and that, in my opinion, makes it looks like a maternity dress - especially when viewing from the side.
Of course! Just not by me. Perhaps I could interest my daughter in a new trendy knit dress. I think she'd look really cute in it...plus she's a good four inches shorter than I am. Sadly, I was yet again seduced by the adorable dress on the adorable (and small busted) model on the cover of the envelope. I didn't take into account the shortness of the dress, the way the gathers emphasis the bust, nor did I anticipate the flaring underneath the bust line.
I'd still recommend the pattern as it's quite simple to sew and has nice shaping for a tee-dress.
Grab it on sale and then sew it quickly and review it so I can see how cute it can be, okay?
Full review on patternreview - here.