Success: Something to Wear to the Opera


Just a quick note of the best kind: I had something to *WEAR*!!!!!!!!! A fun night out with a great friend and it wasn’t preceded by all kinds of stress about what I would wear or dampened by disappointment in whatever I pulled together.

I made this dress last spring to host another friend’s baby shower and I loved it then, too. It is icing on the frosting of the cake that there it is, hanging in my closet, ready when I need it.

Back shot:


These pictures are heavily photo-edited because I didn’t realize until later that one son or the other had blurred the lens with finger prints.

The pattern is Butterick 5602



And here is my original review on posted back in 2012:

Pattern Description: Fitted, lined dresses A, B, C have front and back darts, neckband, back zipper and above mid-knee lengths. A: contrast neckband, hemband and bow. B: short sleeves with sleeveband and bow. C: contrast V-neck band and welts. I added the sleeves from Vogue 8409.

Pattern Sizing:
8-14. I cut a 12, then a 14.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes! Except the sleeves I added.

Were the instructions easy to follow? I think that the instructions had some issues. I had to send an SOS email to marec about the collar and I found the instructions for the zipper confusing. I called my mom and checked out some youtube videos to figure out what how to put in an invisible zipper with a lining.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?

Fabric Used: Cotton twill from Gorgeous Fabrics for the body. A gauzy fabric for the arms and trim with some satin crepe for the flip-back cuffs.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: Oh, my, goodness. I made so many changes to this pattern. Lowered the apex, moved the side darts back, changed the darts in front, took in the hips a bit, made the shoulders narrower, took in a pinch off both back shoulders so it would not gape. I used an invisible zipper. And, as mentioned, I added sleeves from a vogue pattern.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I can’t decided!!! I have worked so hard on perfecting the fit on this pattern. I don’t know if I want to put it away and never make it again or if I’m going to just make it over and over and over again.

I feel like this dress needs an acceptance speech. The dress would like to thank my husband, for taking the kids on several Saturdays and lots of nights after work so I could get the dress done in time for hosting my baby shower high tea. I want to thank my mom for listening to my every thought, mistake, decision. My 9 month old Max for learning to sleep through the sound of my sewing machine. Marec for responding to my email.
The best part about this dress is that after I finished it (two days ahead of the party!!) and wore it out, I came home ready to sew sew sew something else. With other projects, once I got done–usually just in the nick of time–I wasn’t in love with the piece and knew I would never wear it again. I also put my machine away afterwards for a while. But, I came home today eager for somewhere else to wear this dress and hoping to get a few minutes in to sew my next project before my husband got home with the boys.


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