Well, today was supposed to be another omnibus day of multiple images but I overslept so we’ll just do this one, okay?
This is a new Butterick 7513; while I was posting the photos for Day 17 and Day 41, I thought, hey, why don’t I make another one of these? So I did:
The stuntiness of this dress is slightly more subtle, but I’m sure you’ll see it. The fabric is Moda Comma Commas (also comes in orange!). It’s not a fantastic fabric for this dress … it doesn’t quite drape right (as you can see above). But it’s certainly good enough.
I am probably never going to wear it buttoned to the neck like this, but it looks better in the pictures. Except huh, looking at it in photos now I can see that the third button down is slightly out of alignment. Oh well. This is what I get for sewing them on while watching a movie.
And here’s the back!
I also made this in FULL ON CAMO and I haven’t even been able to wear it yet. I might have finally made a dress that’s even too obnoxious for me to wear. We’ll see …
Today’s dress is another Butterick 7513, and as I was looking at these pictures I was thinking “why haven’t I made *this* dress a hundred times?” It has all the lines I really like, including soft side pleats in the skirt:
Plus a roundish collar and kimono sleeves:
Here’s a better look at the collar and buttons. The buttons are vintage. This is before I started my trick of interfacing all collars and facings with silk organza, so this dress is a little under-stiffened in the placket department.
(Here’s my trick for silk organza interfacing: 1. buy silk organza from Dharma Trading. 2. Buy this Odif 505 Spray and Fix Temporary Fabric Adhesive. 3. Cut out your pattern pieces in the dress fabric. 4. Spray wrong side of cut pieces with 505. 5. Press pieces to organza (make sure they’re nice and smooth). 6. Cut around edges. 7. Treat the stuck-together pieces & organza as one. 8. Live happily ever after.)
Here’s the side zip. The dress is hung up on my dressform a bit weirdly.
And the back:
I can’t remember when I made this dress; I bought this fabric (Liberty Schlesinger) in 2007, so it had to have been after that. It’s also a little on the tight side, so I probably made it at the perigee of my normal weight fluctuation, and I know I redid the side zip and added a deeper side-seam pocket at some point, too.
Careful readers of A Dress A Day (are there any other kind? I think not) will have seen this dress twice before; it’s definitely one of my favorites:
The buttons are probably my favorite part — they’re covered with another black&white alphabet fabric at a different scale:
There are a lot of things I’ll do differently when I make this pattern again. For instance, I don’t think the placket edges need to be edgestitched:
And when I first put in the zipper, I started the top too low and the fabric ripped at the stress point — you can see the repair below (I also replaced the zipper):
Here’s the back, it’s off-center on my dress form but not in real life, really.
This is from Butterick 7513:
Honestly, I don’t know why I don’t make this all the time, it’s super-comfortable and not very demanding. It might be because I tend to shy away from center-front skirt seams, but I’m getting over that. Maybe I’ll give this one another shot soon …
And in Hundred-Dresses-The-Book news, did I already link to this nice HuffPo slideshow? Check it out!