Sunday, May 15, 2011

Butterick 5600-- A Dress for Shoes...

 As I blogged about a few posts ago, this dress was supposed to be my Mother's Day dress until my sewing machine went down for a few days and needed repair. Well it was nice to finally finish this dress up. Again, I was inspired to make this dress in order to wear a cute pair of shoes I had in my closet. I think it turned out well and I absolutely love the pattern. Well here's the review.....


Butterick 5600

Pattern Description:
Semi-fitted, straight, above mid-knee dresses A, B, C have front darts, back pleats, self-faced yoke front and neckbands, side seam pockets, outside casing with elastic, self ties and stitched hem. A: sleeveless with self ruffle. B: short, gathered sleeves with elastic casing. C: short sleeves with stitched hem and self tab with nonfunctioning button.

Pattern Sizing:
I cut a size 10 for the bodice and size 12 for the skirt. I wanted this to have some fit and didn't want to look like I was wearing a bag with a waist tie.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, Yes, Yes!!!

Were the instructions easy to follow?
They were!

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I loved the pattern design, the ruffled front and the elasticized sleeve. I didn't like that the pattern instructs you to hem the skirt before adding the front band. As a result, due to some error on my part, my hem on the front right and left sides aren't exactly equal. Since it was finished early I can't easily correct it. It's not really noticeable but I'm really annoyed by it.
(Such a crazy close-up but my Hubby/Camera Man was determined to get a better shot of the ruffle details. I'm beginning to think he's taking his job too seriously!!! LOL!!!)

Fabric Used:
Gray cotton sateen

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
1. I left off the pockets.
2. I didn't slipstitch the yoke but instead could flip it inside out and sew it.
3. I didn't slipstitch the facing (step 44) instead I serged 3/8" off the facing edge and stitched in the ditch on right side of facing to catch facing underneath.
4. I finished the sleeves by serging the edges and sewing them up. I didn't create a narrow hem for the elastic casing.
5. I forgot to mention that I made view B and added the ruffles from view A to it.
6. I lengthened the dress 3". I'm so glad I did this because it would've bee really short.

(The inspiration for this dress was indeed the shoes!!!)

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes, I really would like one in denim or a bright color!

Conclusion:
Great dress! Simple to make and oh so stylish!!!

47 comments:

  1. Go hubby! I was thinking that I really liked that picture of you and how well I could see the dress details. It made me laugh after reading your post.

    I bought this pattern and just need to pick out my material.

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  2. I love the dress and the shoes!

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  3. Your dress is fab , I've been looking for a nice versatile day dress pattern and this one fits the bill . Loving the shoes !!

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  4. An adorable dress! As for your uneven hem (which I certainly couldn't tell), my mom has a saying that "if you can't see it from a galloping pony, ignore it." :D

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  5. Great dress and I love your shoes.

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  6. Cute dress! The ruffle down the front is great and definitely "on trend."

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  7. Adorable dress! I love it! I certainly don't notice the hem but usually, there is something about every project I make than irritates me (slightly!). . .

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  8. Your dress turned out very nicely! Those shoes are too cute! :]

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  9. Great dress, really well put-together. Love the idea of a different size up top than on bottom; must try that. It looks like something one can get off of net-a-porter.

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  10. Cute. Looks like your hair is getting long...

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  11. I love this dress! I have this pattern in my lineup to sew, so the timing of you review is impeccable!!! Cotton Sateen appears to be a perfect fabric for this pattern based on the way yours looks! The color is seems to be a perfect match for your shoes too!! Beautiful job!!

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  12. I love this dress on you! Very stylish but still comfortable to wear!

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  13. I have this pattern. Hope mine looks as good as your does.

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  14. Your dress looks great. I love the silvery grey color.

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  15. Yes, I will be pulling the out of the stash very soon! I love your version.

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  16. Super cute, love your fabric choice

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  17. Love your dress and the shoes certainly did make it pop.

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  18. Lovely dress... and the shoes... they are so cute! You are a very beautiful lady Victoria!

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  19. That dress IS stylish. It looks so nice on you. You did a fabulous job. I chuckled regarding your hubby's close-up pic comment. That was too cute.

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  20. Cute dress and I like that fabric color.And yes those shoe are a great inspiration.

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  21. Ok, I like your husband's close-up shot. it really shows the front detail. Yay for him!

    I like the ruffled detail! It's a great way to feminize a shirtwaist dress.

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  22. This is such a great dress, i have no idea how I missed this pattern when it came out. It was the detailed close up shot that sold it to me!!

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  23. Very pretty dress! I didn't notice any unevenness in the hem. The outside casing is really neat. Does the tie come out of the casing if you want to wear a regular belt? Or is it sewn in anywhere?

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  24. Alexandra, the belt is indeed removable!

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  25. Great looking dress on you, and yeah for you that hubby is willing to be your camera man! LOL!

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  26. LOVE the ruffle at the front. Great color.

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  27. The dress is fab!--and so are the shoes.

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  28. Very cute dress, and the shoes are fabulous :-). So let's hope this one escapes the Curse of the Special Dress. Are you going to wear it every week this month at least?

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  29. I really do love your version of this dress, it worked out so well and I can tell you are very happy with it

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  30. Great dress - and it looks great slightly fitted as you have done it. And gorgeous shoes!

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  31. I. Want. That. Dress. And I want those shoes too! Your dress is fabulous and very flattering. I have this pattern - I hope mine turns out as wonderful as yours has. The close-up showcases the lovely details perfectly - Hubby is doing an excellent job as photographer!

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  32. I love this dress! The cute little cap sleeves, the ruffles, the elastic waist AND the color. This turned out really cute and it looks great on you. The shoes are perfect for it too!

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  33. This dress is so cute, and is on short list! I appreciated the close-up to see the ruffles,nice job by your DH :-)
    Please tell me that you'll wear this dress more than once!!

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  34. So Cute!! The pics really do it justice :) I have to pull this pattern out for a closer look now. Love the whole look you put together!

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  35. Você ficou mais jovem com esse vestido! Está muito bonito!

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  36. This is lovely. I have some similar fabric that I didn't know what to do with. That last picture is really sweet. This is a really versatile pattern. I'd like one in a print. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  37. Those awesome shoes needed a pretty dress! Great dress, great shoes!

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  38. Way too cute and the shoes are fab!!

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  39. Girl, This is a cute little number. The shoes, you know are, super cute. I have this one too. I guess I need to bump it up the BIG list of things to make.

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  40. Great job. This looks really nice on you. Very nice details.

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  41. What a great dress..well executed and the colour looks good on you. Nice fit too. I just got this pattern and was researching it and is pleasantly brought to your blog. Nice work!

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