Sunday, August 14, 2011

Butterick 5559 view B done, plus catsitting!

Thanks again for your wishes about my health, esp KID, MD!   I might very well take all the pix of my films and post them on flicker for your review!

Last night I started Butterick 5559 view B.  I spent most of today working on it and I think it's finished!
Butterick 5559

AmandaS also made this dress, but in winter white.   Check out her version here.


Here's the pattern envelope.  Instantly I could tell those sleeves would be too tight for my biceps.  So I made the sleeveless view B.
Butterick 5559


I used navy blue ponte roma knit from Joann's.  It's $12.99 a yard, the buttery soft stuff!

I sewed a 14 grading to a 16 at the hip.  It worked out.  Phew!

Instead of using the facings that are for view B, I used the neck facing for view A, then twin needle stitched the armholes.  I also twin needle stitched the hem.

This dress has a lot of tucks, and some tucks have darts underneath them.  I read reviews on Pattern Review that said to make sure to carefully trace the darts and tucks.  That is true; otherwise they won't line up on the side seams.

Here's my left side; they mostly line up.
Butterick 5559


And my right side; they line up except the top one under the armhole.  That's because I wound up taking a triangle out of  the armhole down to the bust (on both sides, actually).
Butterick 5559

Here' s the back.  This dress actually has a great opportunity for a swayback adjustment as the dress is actually cut as a top and bottom that's then sewn together.  So the horizontal seam is already there in the back for swayback adjustment.  However, by the time I remembered, I had already put the tuck in.   I didn't do a swayback adjustment and it doesn't look too bad.  I don't know, maybe I'll unpick it and fix it later.
Butterick 5559


on emma, front
Butterick 5559 front on Emma

on emma, back.  Actually I sewed down one tuck in the back almost all the way across to see what it would look like.  If you look carefully, you can see it.  I will unpick that.
Butterick 5559 back on Emma

But just as cool are the inside of the tucks, as I realized when I turned the dress inside out last night as I was working on it.   The tucks are supposed to be ironed down but they don't seem to stay down; if that annoys you, sewing the tucks to the inside is a neat effect:
Butterick 5559 in progress

I am catsitting chez moi.  Here's Viktor, also known as Buddy, or my fuzzy therapist: 
Butterick 5559

He has already perused my fabric stash:
perusing my fabric stash

and spent a lot of time looking out the window on this incredibly rainy day
looking at the great outdoors

touch my belly
having a bath

Inspecting the bathroom sink
the bathroom sink is fascinating

and then taking a nap, half on the ironing board and half on the cutting table.  Looks comfy!
this looks comfy

Be well and good night!

23 comments:

  1. Do you love that dress? Because you should. It looks wonderful on you. Hope you have a good week!

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  2. Your dress looks awesome! Great colour and great fit on you. Hope you have a good week

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  3. looks amazing on you! congrats! fantastic job!

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  4. That dress is awesome on you and you did a fantastic job on it!

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  5. Whoah, hot mama! What a dress! Really well done, and looks great on you. I love that photo of the cat pawing through your stash.

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  6. Wow, that dress looks fabulous on you!
    Thanks for the recommendation on the Ponte Roma, I might have to check that stuff out next time they send a 50% off coupon.

    I'm sure the kitty is making you feel better. I feel that they have a calming influence, well, at least until they get near your paper pattern pieces!

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  7. What a great dress! You look awesome in it!

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  8. Kyle the dress looks fantastic on you! The fitting changes you made are perfect.

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  9. First time at your blog, LOVE the dress and it looks fantastic on you. I had to comment though because the cat half on the ironing board just cracked me up! Best wishes on your health issues.

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  10. Wow. You look great in this dress. You've done a fantastic job.
    Angela

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  11. Wow! That is an incredible dress!

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  12. Great dress, you look fabulous.

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  13. I love this on you! Beautiful!

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  14. Yes, beautiful dress on you and WHAT A CAT!! I have to pet that cat. I don't know how it will happen, but I have to pet him!

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  15. Your dress is so stylish and chic, the tucks are beautifully figure flattering. Well done!!

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  16. That dress style was made for you!! You really look amazing in it!

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  17. That dress looks amazing on you and you look lovely in it. Beautiful job.

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  18. Love this dress on you, Kyle! What a great job, and it suits you perfectly!

    Viktor is adorable -- and there's nothing like a fuzzy friend to speed the sewing along. I see he's prepping the work area already . . .

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  19. FABULOUS DRESS! it looks wonderful on you.....

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  20. What a great dress! The color and style are perfect for you. Well done!

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  21. That dress looks amazing on you. Oh the sewing list just keeps on growing!

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  22. Excellent! The dress looks great. It's good to know that this dress is "swayback" friendly.

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  23. Beautiful! Love the color. I just cut this out last night and in the process of (trying to settle the kids) getting to it. Great job.

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