The WSBN are possibly the worst-best enablers I have ever come across. There's a pattern sale? We're all over it. There's fabric? We're egging each other on. Buttons? So there! Yum Cha? We're eating it. I tell you, these ladies are amazing. So, imagine the giggle that ensued when the WSBN travelled North to see me in Palmerston North and, who would have thought, we ended up buying fabric. Mel found this lovely dark grey suiting with pink stripey-dots through it, I saw it and wanted it. Then Nikki saw it and wanted it too, and before we knew it all three owned a length. The challenge now is to see how each of us use it!
The pattern was another WSBN-enabled purchase, from a BMV sale. It was only $1.50, which is astoundingly cheap, given that you pay at least $20 for a really basic, uninspiring big 4 pattern in a brick and mortar shop here in New Zealand. Ouch. And I wonder why I spent so long not amassing a pattern collection as a baby sewist?
I swear that the dress and the pattern were a match made in heaven. The garment went together so easily I was almost spooked. I cut a 14, imagining that I'd need to take it in a bit, but aside from adjusting the back yokes, taking up the bodice a bit at the back, and taking it in a bit at the underarm, no other alterations were needed.
I love the back yoke. It shows less skin than any other dress with back straps would, but in a way that looks much more daring and sophisticated than others.
My favourite part though? Watermelon lining! My local had a 50% sale and I bought this divine watermelon pink cotton silk blend to line the dress with. I adore this stuff so much that when it came to cutting I decided to not line the front and back straps/ yokes so that I would have enough left over to make a simple blouse. Instead, the straps are finished with some matching bias tape.
Would I recommend this pattern? Absolutely! It goes together like a dream and I have a hunch that while this is very much a work dress, I think it would make a very fun casual dress as well.
Fabric: Shell: dark grey and pink suiting. I never checked the fibre content. Lining: Silk cotton blend
Pattern: Butterick 5601
Wear again? Often!
Make again? I think so!