The Hundred Dresses: Day 88

This is dress is 1) Butterick 2344, and 2) wrong:

orange pique Butterick 2344 back

It’s the same pattern as Day 66, and suffers from some of the same problems that were due to my inexperience, plus a few extra that can be attributed to me picking the wrong fabric, like this roly-poly facing here:

orange pique Butterick 2344 bodice

There’s not enough understitching in the WORLD to keep this heavy pique from rolling. I could have superglued it down and it still would have rolled.

orange pique Butterick 2344 facing

It’s ironic that the one thing I love about this dress is it’s fatal flaw — see how gorgeous this fabric is? It’s not its fault that I made it into the wrong thing:

orange pique Butterick 2344 fabric

Trying to put a regular zipper in was rage-inducing — this here is the point where I said “I’ll just wear a sweater over it“:

orange pique Butterick 2344 back zip

And here’s the whole back:

orange pique Butterick 2344 back

I’d like to say that I keep this dress around as an object lesson in not letting your fabric and pattern be star-crossed lovers, but really I keep it around because … I still like it. I think “oh maybe if I …” then I take it out and fondle it for a bit, and then I get distracted by a dress I can actually make/fix/wear and then back it goes into the suspended-animation storage tub. I should really cut up that huge heavy skirt and turn it into dresses for my nieces, who are now just at the age where little shift dresses (which would be GREAT in this fabric) are perfect.

Oh — in The-Hundred-Dresses-the-book news, did everyone see the perfect essay by John Waters on The Sack Dress in this month’s Bazaar? Unfortunately I can’t find it online, but it’s well worth grabbing the physical (US) magazine for.

5 thoughts on “The Hundred Dresses: Day 88

  1. Love the fabric, it’s so pretty…it would match my living room so well! If, y’know, I were going to hang out in a dress in my living room looking pretty.


  2. I have encountered your zipper problem now countless times in my own creations. And the innate ability to pick the wrong fabric for the task – despite always using the recommended fabric type. It’s a real pity that we come across those small problems, as dresses like yours look absolutely stunning.


  3. Hey, I love it. Just pretend that the facing is meant to be a feature and stitch it permanently out that way.

    It may also be possible to put a side zipper in the dress instead of that single lap zipper – or use a self coloured (yellow for example) zipper and make it exposed! A feature.

    I really hope you haven’t cut this one up already, it is beautiful.


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