Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Butterick 5719 An Explosion of Color Dress

If colors speak louder than words, what am I saying with this dress?
I'm not sure what the message is, but I do know the explosion of color evokes joy in me!
The fabric, Milly "prism in technicolor" stretch cotton sateen, was purchased from Emma One Sock in 2016.
I ordered the fabric with plans to make a BurdaStyle sheath dress, but when the fabric arrived, the green was more predominant than I had anticipated.  Green is one color that I rarely wear so I put the fabric aside.

When I unpacked the fabric after our recent move I no longer thought there was too much green and decided it was time to sew myself that sheath dress.

Instead of digging out my BurdaStyle magazines to trace the dress pattern, I used Butterick 5719. 
It's a Lifestyle Wardrobe pattern from 2011 that includes a jacket, skirt, and pants in addition to the dress. It also includes separate pattern pieces for cup sizes A/B, C, and D. I used the D cup pattern piece.
 The sheath dress is such a classic that it doesn't matter that this pattern is eight years old.
This one has princess seams and ends above my knee.  By accident actually. I was cutting out this dress in the wee morning hours (while having one of my bouts of insomnia which have been fairly frequent during my recovery) and I messed up. My dress is actually 4" shorter than the pattern.

The good news is I didn't need a back walking vent! 
 The dress is fully lined. It's been awhile since I've sewn a fully lined garment, and I found it quite enjoyable. Plus it feels so good to wear a lined dress! 
The back closes with an invisible zipper and hook and eye at the neck.
 Of course I added one of my positive message labels. This one is my "You Are Beautiful" label.
Because I didn't have much fabric for a hem I stitched on lace hem tape.

I'm still struggling with range of motion in my shoulders due to the surgery.  It wasn't easy but I managed to get this dress zipped up completely (by myself) so I could take pics for the blog. But when it was time to unzip myself I tried, and tried, but just couldn't get myself unzipped! I almost had to wear this to my physical therapy appointment, LOL. I took a break, and with a lot of patience (and a bit of a struggle) I finally managed to get it unzipped.
This is not a style I typically wear, as I've always thought I was too curvy for the style to be flattering. But I wanted a simple, slightly structured dress so the fabric would be the star. Because the fabric on this dress is everything! 
Before I go, my SLR camera died almost a year ago, and I haven't replaced it yet. I've been taking pics for the blog with my phone and a remote. I don't know about you but when I take my own pics I have so many outtakes that make me laugh. Like this one where I'm clearly wondering "is this thing working?"
Have a blessed day!

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  1. Fun dress! Back zippers can be difficult at the best of times.

  2. Outtakes are my favorite part of taking blog photos! LOL!!

    I LOVE THIS! The fabric screams in the most positive way! It's bright and happy and just gorgeous. And the dress fits you beautifully!

  3. Thank you so much for making this dress! I've had the pattern in my stash for years and only hope I can make my version as lovely as yours is! It looks fabulous on you. So glad you are recovering and blogging again. Wishing you continued progress on the return to good health.

  4. Marilee Judith Gramith12:59 AM

    Oh Sharon! This dress is absolutely wonderful!! That fabric looks like Ikat fireworks!! I LOVE IT!!
    I also think that dresses are a great way to endure the Texas heat.
    ZIPPERS can be a buggeroo!! I think there are devices that can assist ...

  5. Beautiful dress and you positively sparkle wearing it!



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