Sunday, December 15, 2013

Butterick 5454- The ZigZag Wrap Dress

 Well I first laid eyes on this fabric and LOVED it! I'm a sucker for a bold print. I knew it would be wrap dress worthy. I thought I'd give Butterick 5454 a try. I'm not a fan of waist line pleats (they tend to make me look boxy) but figured they'd be pretty disguised in this print. Anyhow I like the results. I was rushing for church this morning so I didn't "dress it up" as much as I wanted. A chunky necklace and some tights and boots would've made this outfit much cuter. But I loved it just the same. The Hubby couldn't see what I made all the fuss about. I guess he wasn't spellbound by the print! LOL! But I got a thumbs up from the "Wee-One", my 6 year old and biggest critic, so I know I made a wise choice LOL! Anyhow, here's the review....

Time to Sew:
About 5 or 6 hours

Sewing Ease (scale 1 easy to 10 difficult):
About a 3, nothing hard about it.

Pattern Description:
Knit Wrap dress, View B

Pattern Sizing:
I used a very stretchy knit so I cut a size 10 for the bust and graded up to a size 12 for the waist and hips.

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

Were the instructions easy to follow?

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
It's a wrap dress! I could own hundreds and be happy. I'm not a fan of pleats but I could live with the one's in this dress.

Fabric Used:
Very stretchy rayon knit. I fell immediately in love with it at the fabric store!

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I added about 3" I believe to the length. I did my usual short back length alteration by taking out 1" in center back bodice and grading to nothing at side seams. I sewed the pleats at the seam allowance edge but didn't sew any of them down. I also used my coverstitch machine to hem my skirt and dress neck/front edge. To stabilize the neck/front edge I used seams great in the seam allowance to inhibit stretching.

What would you do differently next time?:

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?

Wardrobe Versatility:
This can be worn with a cardigan or jacket, bare legged with pumps or with tights and boots:)

Cute wrap dress!


  1. Pretty dress. . Love the print.

  2. Beautiful dress, and lovely style on you

  3. Cute! I love wrap dresses. And this fabric is so pretty.

  4. So slimming and it must be so comfortable! Now you need a couple more!!! Great job of combining fabric with the pattern!

  5. Very nice wrap dress and great fabric. The colors look wonderful on you. Great job!

  6. I love the fabric! Where did you get it please?
    The dress is so flattering. Very DVF (now that you are interested in fashion designers). :)

  7. Beautiful dress. I love the colors on you. I just looked at my bookmark to that fabric design from the item number was 26450. It's listed on their site as an ITY jersey knit.

  8. How long (from start to finish, including laying the pattern, cutting, etc) does it normally take you to sew a dress or top?


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