Sunday, September 07, 2008

Butterick 5206 Chetta B Knit Dress Pattern Review


This pattern is rated average but I would call it "quick and easy". The most time consuming part was cutting and sewing the binding to the dress and belt. Other than that this is super-duper easy.

So what can I say about this pattern other than it's super easy?

It's your basic wrap bodice knit dress. The binding is very simple add. With the raw edges together, just sew the right side of the binding to the wrong side of the dress edges, press the seam towards the binding, turn the binding over onto the right side of the dress encasing the seam and raw edges, and stitch in place from the right side of the fabric.

Couple of things to note.
  • This calls for a side seam zipper. Why? I don't know as I doubt anyone would need it unless the knit you choose didn't have much stretch and you wanted a really tight fit at the waistline.
  • If you eliminate the zipper, there is no need to sew the sleeves in after the bodice side seams are sewn. Go ahead and set the sleeves in flat and then sew your side seam. Much easier.
  • Even though it isn't called for, I added bias binding at the sleeve hems. Mainly because I was on a roll binding all those raw edges and I didn't notice that the pattern design didn't call for that. I don't think it matters one way or the other.
The belt.
  • This is one long belt, and you need to wrap carefully in the back to keep the nice look in the front. The pattern instructions have you sew the top edge of the belt in place on the front of the bodice. I did this, but I think I'm going to remove it and see how the belt holds up without that structure.
  • I sewed a size 12 with no FBA in the neck/bust/waist area and tapered to a 14 at the hips. It might run large, but I'm not sure if it's the pattern or the fact that I've dropped a few pounds. I'm thinking it's the pattern.
Do I love it? Nah, but I like it. I have other wrap dresses that I like the fit of more than this one. But I do like the extra detail of the contrast binding and the deep purple.

Now if the weather would just warm back up to the 70s I might get be able to get a few wearings out of this before it gets tucked away for the season. Pin It

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

So what's on my sewing table?

It was fun to read about your current sewing projects in the comments you left. It seems that everyone's sewing machines are getting quite the workout.

Well, except for me and Angela of RiAnge Creations who is temporarily experiencing that all too familiar loss of the sewing mojo. We've all been there haven't we?

What do you do when it happens to you?

I do what she did. I visit sewing blogs, browse the online fabric shops, read the reviews and the boards at PatternReview, and of course ask you to tell me what you're sewing when you leave me a comment, LOL!

Actually, when Angela mentioned deep purple as one of her inspiration colors, it reminded me of a deep purple knit I had purchased from Fabric Mart last spring.

And it just so happens that a disappointing knit purchase from Fabric Club Fabrics worked quite well with the deep purple. Suddenly I had my own inspiration for my next sewing project!

Another knit wrap dress, Butterick 5206, with contrasting binding, which I knew I wanted to sew after seeing Kasizzle's version. Perfect as a transition piece from summer to fall.

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Vintage pattern giveaway winner is Sew Wilde

Congrats! Y'all had great odds since only eight of you were interested in these patterns. Number five was the lucky number and that was Sew Wilde ... so please contact me (sewingbysharon at gmail dot com) with you mailing address and I'll get these on their way to you. Pin It

Monday, September 01, 2008

Vintage pattern giveaway - 1967 dress and 1964 skirt

Vintage patterns 1960s
Originally uploaded by Sharon Sews
So, is anyone interested in these two vintage patterns from 1960s? Just leave me a comment - but not just any comment - tell me what you're sewing right now.

If there's more than one of you interested I'll draw a number and post it on Wednesday evening. You won't be hearing from me tomorrow as hubby and I have plans.

The one on the left is Simplicity 7129, a "Simple-to-Sew" Jiffy dress pattern from 1967 in a size 16, bust 36. The a-line dress with back zipper and collar has slightly lowered round neckline in front tapering to a "V" neckline in back. V. 1 has short set-in sleeves. Sleeveless V. 2 has tie collar. It has been cut and I checked - all the pieces are there.

The one on the right is McCall's 7469, a 1964 skirt pattern in a size waist 30, hip 40. The three-piece, lightly flared skirt is wrapped and buttoned at front. Right front and waistband are interfaced. Right front of three-piece slim skirt is faced with contrast fabric, lapped over left front and stitched leaving vent at lower edge. Skirt has interfaced waistband, left side zipper. Back of six-piece flared skirt is faced with contrast fabric, lapped over right side back and stitched leaving vent at lower edge. Skirt has interfaced waistband, left side zipper. This also has been cut, but I didn't check the completeness. The word "complete" is written on the backside in pencil so I'm assuming a previous owner checked that all of the pieces are included.

So why am I giving these away? Because I want to. They're destined for either my Etsy shop or Pattern Rescue so if you're interested I'll just ship them to you. Pin It


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