Greetings robins! It’s alright. Everything’s fine here in Minnesota. You can come back now. We miss you. I will buy worms at the bait shop to feed you until it’s officially spring. And look! I have a spring dress. Sort of. That’s right, at long last, I actually snapped a few poorly lit photos of the wrap dress I finished, oh, a month ago…
Since I only have a few photos, we’ll make this quick and sweet, shall we? The pattern is Butterick 5454, a cute little wrap dress with a few different sleeve options. For my version, I cut a straight size 24 which is the largest size the pattern runs to. It’s technically smaller than my ‘size’ if I go by the actual measurements, but with all the ease built into the pattern, along with my preference for a bit of negative ease in the shoulders and bust, it fit very well. It is, as you can see, a bit on the short side. A lot on the short side. It’s still longer than my fingertips, but I won’t be wearing this without tights until I’m well slathered with self-tanner and will likely have to wear matching bloomers in case of wind-related peep shows.
One point that make me feel BRILLIANT was my excellent finishing. OK. Maybe it wasn’t 100% excellent, but I hemmed the entire thing – neck, bodice, front seams and hem – in one fell rolled hem serger swoop. The brilliant part was that instead of trying to neatly turn the corners where the hem and the front of the dress meet, I did a nice little curved trim job. No 90 degree impossible to serge corners for me! I turned the neck and bodice under and double stitched for a nicer finish, and just left unfolded at the waist to leave the rolled hem for the skirt front and bottom edges.
For any of y’all worried about serious flashing as a result of wearing this dress, I really haven’t felt overly exposed. I think I saw in comments on patternreview.com that the overlap isn’t large enough, but that wasn’t the case for me.
Let’s move on to the last word, shall we?
The Last Word: Butterick 5454
Pattern: Butterick 5454, view A
Notions: I used a bit of 1/4 inch double sided tape (the wash away kind) to help with the neck and bodice turn and hem. Other than that, just a lot of serger thread.
Time to complete: 1.5 hours to cut the pattern and fabric, 1 hour to sew, 30 minutes to hem
likelihood to make another?: It’s already made! I added a bit of length to the bodice, which made the pleats sort of funky – and I need to wash the fabric, but other than that I’m nearly done!
curvy girl score: 8 I really like the style, and the sleeves are super flattering. This sort of surplice neckline can be problematic and a bit too cleavagey, but other than that it’s a winner!
oh, and about the name… I’ve had this fabric, some sort of mystery poly jersey, in my stash for a while. I always thought it was all about the circles, until I finished the dress and tried it on! Now all I can see are the diamonds – the pattern totally reminds me of 50’s diamond formica tables. Very atomic-age, don’t you agree?
Oh! And as a little bit of extra cherry on the sunday… I wore this to work today. Let’s do a daily outfit post, too, shall we? A two-for-one!
dress | handmade, blogged, well… here!
scarf | a little giftshop in Galena, Illinois
tights | Assets reversable grey/black tights. This is the grey side, if you can believe it!
bolero sweater | a little cashmere refashion that I made from a mens thrift find and never bothered to blog about!
boots | ah… my second pair of ACTUAL leather wide calf boots I got at end-of-season prices. I like ’em, except they’re only boots to wear with dresses – the calves aren’t wide enough to go over jeans! (available here)
OMG! I love you! I had been looking for a baby doll dress pattern and ran across your blog by accident. I just started sewing again after 25 plus years and feel so lucky I found your site. You are filled with knowledge, humor, and awesome go girl panache! I love your blogs and will be a loyal follower. And great news I found McCalls 7523 and am going to start tomorrow. Thank you for reenergizing me. Toodles, Michelle
BTW- I graduated from HS in 1983, but so loved the 90’s. In fact for Christmas I bought a pink pearly pair of Docs and a blue flowery pair. Can’t wait to pair them with a baby doll dress!
That is too cute on you!
The dress looks great! I guess the fabric you used was just waiting for the right pattern to come along.
Hello! Fabulous job on the Butterick 5454! My name is Valery and I work at the McCall Pattern Company in NYC. We would love to post your photos on our Butterick Facebook page Fb.butterick.com with your permission, of course! In turn, we will post a link to your blog. Please let me know at your convenience via my email address at email@example.com Have a great weekend!