Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Butterick 5316

I’m not a follower of the bodycon dress trend.  My confidence level will not allow me to be comfortable in one without a girdle.  And I haven’t been in the mood to wear a girdle(s) in a very long time.  But I do like a fit that is flattering and shows off a little curvature.

So I turned to this Butterick 5316 dress.  I used a beautiful wine colored satin-backed shantung (shiny side inside) because I love the sophistication this fabric gives a garment.  It’s easy to work with, doesn’t stretch, and does wonders for that tailored look.  And the texture of the fabric is similar to raw silk without being as delicate/fragile.

This was a simple pattern, and who doesn’t love a simple pattern.  And who doesn’t love POCKETS in their dress!!!   This dress opened my eyes to pockets years ago (yea, I’ve had this pattern for a while).  I swear I have been putting pockets in every dress I’ve made since this pattern was published.  

There are several darts on the dress to create the waistline.  Two on each side in the front, and one on each side in the back.  I love what the four front darts do for the dress front.  It adds a bit of a "coutured" look in my opinion.

I chose to finish/hem the dress with a lace bias tape from Wright’s for those peek-a-boo moments.  I also used Wright’s bias tape for the vent in the back, neck and arm holes. 

The fabric and design of this dress join forces to create a very cool and comfortable dress!  I wore this to a wedding and reception and I did not experience the “Hurry up so I can get out of these clothes” feeling.  

I love when I can be cute AND comfortable!  That’s why I like to…..

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