Saturday, July 27, 2013

Forecast for Today--Sunny (Revisiting Butterick 5450)

Butterick 5450

It has just been a week and a day since I have sewn with this pattern and here I am creating another version. In an effort to reduce my fabric stash, I dug through my pile and found a yard of cotton eyelet in ivory and a European linen in "electric lemon" both purchased last year from I also found enough cotton batiste to line the whole dress.

L-R:  Cotton Blend Batiste, European Linen 4.8 oz, Alix Eyelet.

I decided to use the eyelet for the bodice. However, it was not only lightweight and sheer, the nature of the eyelet holes meant I had to make sure the seams were neatly finished so I opted for French seams.

To achieve this French seam, I sewed the two pieces wrong sides together in a 1/4" seam, ironed the seam flat to one side, folded the sewn pieces right sides together  then sewed the final 3/8" seam.

Here is the bodice and its lining.

In the original pattern, only the bodice is lined. Since the linen was a bit sheer, I opted to add my own lining. I just duplicated the main fabric skirt pieces using the lining fabric and then attached them together at the bodice seam and side seam (where the zipper opening was).

This time, I also didn't use invisible zipper as I decided to recycle a regular zipper from an unfinished project.

I used a lace hem tape for the skirt hem.

I just used narrow hem for the skirt lining. 

Nothing screams summer like ivory, eyelet and linen!

I found this pretty crochet trim in my stash and still deciding on whether to use it or not.

Here is a comparison of the two dresses from the same pattern.

Although I love both these dresses, I can predict the linen will drive me crazy as it wrinkles like mad. 


  1. Really like this dress on you. Love the eyelet fabric used for the bodice, nice combo

  2. Thanks, Linda! I gave the dress a "test drive" yesterday and the linen was really comfy. The wrinkles did not bother me as much as I thought it would!

  3. Beautiful! I love the use of eyelet as the top fabric!

    1. Thanks! That fabric was stashed away for a year waiting for the right pattern:)

  4. I love this dress pattern, and really like your fabric choices with the eyelet and linen combo. I think I have to find this pattern now; it looks like the perfect summer dress to me. Nice work.

    1. Thank you! Hopefully you'll have good luck finding the pattern at Etsy or Ebay.