Saturday, February 20, 2016

My favorite dress

Have you ever had that feeling when you first starting sewing something that it was going to be a winner?  That's what happened with this dress.  I have made it before here, and loved it, but this version is much classier I think.  This is Butterick 5353 on top with New Look 6224 on the bottom and once again, it is a winner!!

All fabrics were again from my stash.  From left to right: black and white polka dot cotton for the lining of the bodice portion, crazy swirl cotton I used for piping, lightweight cotton for the skirt lining and black linen for the public side of the dress.

The piping was fun to make and it just kept getting better and better the more I sewed.  Here is the neckband and the waistline band with their piping sewn on.

Then I started sewing the bodice together and that little pop of color sandwiched between the black was fabulous!

Close-up - yes!!  Look at that!!  Ooh-la-la!

Close up of the finished neck band.

And finished waistband.

The inside bodice polka dots ads a bit of fun too.

I wanted to nice transition between the bodice and the skirt lining so I decided to edge it with a bit of rick rack.

Here are the fronts inside and out....

And the backs inside and out....

 Me again....

Left side inside and out....

And right side inside and out...

Winner, winner, chicken dinner!  Now I just need the weather to warm up just a bit so I can wear it out in the wild...

Stashbustin continues!  Here are the totals for this dress:

Linen = 2 yards
Lining cottons = 2 yards
Piping = .5 yards
Total = 4.5 yards
YTD Total = 11.875

Happy sewing everyone!


  1. Wow! You're right, this is one fantastic dress. The piping is absolutely perfect!

  2. Very pretty dress. I love the piping and the fit is fantastic.

  3. I think this is my favourite of all your makes I seen so far. And its as good as reversible!! Great choice of fabric for the piping, it totally makes this dress x

  4. Hi, Star,
    I just started following your blog and I'm so impressed at how the inside of your makes looks as good as the outside! I read some of your earlier posts and I use TapForms to catalog my patterns too. Love it! Question: have you figured out how to search by more than one field, such as "Vogue, tunic?" It seems like such a sophisticated app would have that function.
    Thanks, Kathy

    1. Thanks so much Kat Z. In regards to the Tap forms app, I haven't tried to search for one than one word. It actually didn't even occur to me until I read your comment! I'll poke around in the app to see if I can figure anything out.

    2. Hi Kat. I did some searching on-line in regards to the Tap Forms question but from what I could determine, it looks like you can only search on one word.

    3. That's what I was afraid of! Thanks for checking.

  5. It really is smart. The colour on the piping is just enough to lift this classic dress. And a fun inside - that must make you smile everytime you put the dress on.

  6. Well done! The fit is perfect and the construction a thing of beauty!

  7. Definitely a beautiful and flattering dress!