Simple ‘hot-pink’ dress (Butterick 5032)

Another dress (I should have called this blog ‘another dress’ hehe). I  wanted a bright dress that would go with many different necklaces.


Fact: A pout is not such a good look on me haha

I just came back from a trip out with my mum in which we had lunch and went fabric shopping. The Remnant Warehouse has a buy-one-roll-and get-one free sale on its off-cut fabric rolls and lets just say money was spent and awesome fabric chaos ensued. Most of the fabric I got was as low as $3 per meter, SCORE!

I used Butterick 5032 again (my first Butterick 5032 dress is here), but this time rather than adding the fitted skirt it came with added a gathered dirndl skirt instead.

There comes a time in every sewists life where they are relieved to have completed a flawless invisible zipper installation.

The zip is perfectly encased/between the lining and the fashion fabric and you are ready for to try it on…then the zip gets stuck.

You gently tug a few times until the tugging becomes not-so-gentle and  of the more the anxious variety then BAM the zip goes off it’s tracks, the more you panic the worse it gets till there is a tear in the zipper so it’s back to square one.

The sheer frustration/annoyance! You look up towards sky with your arms up and if there was a camera above you it would be panning out as you scream NOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Time to kill another 40+ minutes and put a new zip in just when you thought you were done.

Ah well…live and learn.

I have a sneaking suspicion it had something to do with the zip itself.

I know what you are thinking ‘a bad tradesman blames his tools’ but this was a brand I don’t normally use and it was pre-packaged (blah so pointless and wasteful) and when you take the zip out of the stupid plastic packaging there were bends/kinks in it.

Of course I was sort of lazy and blasé about the original zipper and thought ‘ironing an invisible zips is for suckers’ well lets just say I was very happy that I ironed the second zip that was also deformed due to unnecessary packaging, because it was hard to zip up and down fresh out of the plastic too!

I am not entirely happy with the fit of this dress for a number of reasons. Especially the back.

Originally I was going to remove 2cms gaping fabric the front neckline from this pattern by putting the excess fabric in the dart which I did a tutorial for here, but I ended up going with 7mm on each side but  now I wish I removed more.

The back is crazy. I thought I could use the same technique I mentioned aboce for removing gaping at the the back, which turned out to be completely ridiculous because the gave me excess fabric in the middle of my back. Why did I think that would work? Happily I don’t have breasts on my back, but that would be the only way that alteration would have worked. I ended up having to lengthen the back darts.

It I ever make this dress again I will change the darts to pannel lines (in the back of the dress) and remove 2cms from each side of the newly created panel lines.

Also its probably wise to remove the same amount from the front and back of the necklines.

You learn so much through error with this fitting business!

I really like the idea of having lots of articles of clothing in strong bright solid colours (no patterns) so I can have fun with my ever expanding collection of accessories.

I usually go above the knee on dresses and skirts put I sort of liked the more demure length. Even the boyfriend said he liked the longer skirt he mentioned that it worked because of my shorter hair. I guess I can always shorten it, but at the moment I like it.

It’s good to get an opinion from a partner. Once I made this very high-waisted skirt with a very big repeating pattern, when I tried it on I thought something was awry and he told me very tactfully that it was not a good look, yay for nice yet honest style advice!

As for the dart positioning on the front of the bodice and the fact that the bust darts are so big due to the pattern alteration…I don’t even want to think about it right now…

I wish I could move past the fit because there is a lot I like about this dress. I just have to tell myself that if I bought it RTW I would not be as fussy and that a little bit of excess fabric is not the end of the world.

34 comments
  1. Trine said:

    Well, for what it’s worth I think you look absolutely amazing in your new, beautiful dress…and your new bob, wow!!!

    Trine

    • Wow thank you! You always make such lovely things so I take it a big compliment :)

  2. A really lovely dress – the colour is striking & suits you. You’ve inspired me to put hot pink fabric on my shopping list.

      • Hello! I’ve nominated you for the Liebster blog award. Please come back! :)

  3. sertyan said:

    You look gorgeous in this dress the colour is so pretty! Wonderful work

  4. The colour’s great on you. You obviously sorted the back out better than you thought because I can’t see anything off about it!

    • Thank you! I sort of cheated because I picked the only picture of the back where the bad fit was not noticeable. Silly really!

  5. This is really, really cute! I love the bright, bold color– it works really well with the sweet, old-fashioned cut of the dress. Well done!

    • Thank you! I’m so glad you like it. I was trying to contrast the demure style with the loud fabric :)

  6. It’s beautiful! I love hot pink and I love full skirts. You look stunninngggg

  7. Ana Cuevas said:

    This is so beautiful and classy at the same time. I love it!!!

  8. Amazing color! Goes so great with your hair now! Sassy!

    • Wow Thank you! Sassy was was what I was going for :)

  9. Matea said:

    amazing dress! wonderfull!

    • Thank you! I am loving the styling of the photos on your blog too. Keep up the good work xo

  10. Hi there. I’ve been reading your blog since I was looking for people who made Simplicity 2444 and found you. You make heaps of the same patterns I am planning to make so I am often popping over to see what you’ve done. I just wanted to let you know that I used your remove front gape tutorial to adjust for a gaping back when I recently made the Colette Peony dress and it totally worked 100% for me. I think it may have something to do with that I was also wanting to narrow the shoulders so I rotated in from the shoulder side not the centre back side. The centre back line stayed straight, I got rid of the gaping back neck and the shoulders fit great, all from your tutorial. So, thanks heaps, you do lovely work and I love reading your blog. Sorry it didn’t work for you (the dress still looks lovely BTW) but I thought you’d be interested to know it did work for me.

    • I saw your version of the Colette Peony and I think is lovely, elegant and classic and the fit is spot on! I am so happy to hear that my tutorial helped! You are so sweet and your comment really did make my day! :)

    • Ah I am so happy to hear that the tutorial was of use to you and thank you for the kind words! :)
      I look forward to see what you are make next!

  11. Love your dress, the color is stunning!

    • Thank you! I just looked at your blog and I had to subscribe right away, you make such cute things!

  12. Lore said:

    Hi, I’ve just found your blog (and subscribed!) after looking for any Mccalls 6011 dresses. Mine is so tight around the midriff that I can’t raise my arms to finish off the top of the zip at the back! But while I found you and found this post, I just had to say that Butterick 5032 is my Tried N True pattern, and I’ve made it 7 times. Just over christmas I made it three times out of quilting cottons on sale from Spotto at Rockdale. I made the last three versions with gathered skirts too and the one with the most fabric in the skirt has completely changed the hang of the bodice.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/sewredhot/8379027090/in/photostream

    Anyway, I hate to write a novel, but I dug out this post from Sherry:
    http://buzzybeesworld.blogspot.com.au/2011/02/which-type-of-zip-do-you-prefer.html
    which addresses invisible zips and she only uses YKK invisible zips – I have had terrible disasters with lincraft and spotlight zips and now I just buy from a New York seller via ebay. I buy a bundle of 12 dress length zips at a time. They are way stronger and good value. I highly recommend them.

    • Sorry about my slow reply. I have been out of action in the blogging world for a while but I am so glad to be back!

      Hey thanks so much for the thoughtful comment! Your butterick dresses are so cute. I think you achieved a much better fit than I did.

      Yes I always try to bulk buy my zips too. I get all of mine from a place called The remanant warehouse. No more nasty lincraft zips!
      Thanks for the recommendation I will have to check them out.

  13. Alice said:

    I wanted to let you know that I have nominated you for the Liebster Award as I love your blog. The purpose of the award is to bring viewers & potential followers to blogs with under 200 followers. Here is the link to the post on my blog: http://smoonbeam.blogspot.co.uk/2013/02/liebster-award.html I hope you’ll take part :).

  14. SewG said:

    I LOVE the new hair!!!
    You and I make the exact same dresses and every time I look up a review for a dress I’m about to start – there you are, one step ahead of me. Thanks for all the posts!!!
    Cute cute dress too :)

  15. surfjewels said:

    Just reading your blog, love reading and seeing other people’s sewing blogs. You make some really lovely well fitted items. I am terrible at getting things just right, I don’t make muslins and always go straight for the actual fabric and try and sort problems later, maybe why I have a few unfinished items hanging around!!

    http://surfjewels.tumblr.com/

    • I know what you mean. I find fitting so tedious and it sort of never ends. A good fit is pretty subjective sometimes I think I got it right but then wear the garment again later and decide I don’t like the alterations I did, so it sort of never ends.

      Aww those mice you made a so cute!!

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