Hello, hello! I’m about to start making a second version of Butterick 7139, but I figured that I should start by showing you my first version:
(I don’t really write about sewing on my own blog, so these pictures are extracted from my various other posts)
I picked up the pattern for Butterick 7139 at my local antiques mall, and I think it’s an ideal housedress for summer and travel. In its natural, unbelted state Butterick 7139 is a muumuu, which makes for lovely pajama wear:
But with the addition of a belt it becomes quite a presentable dress for errands, unexpected guests, and unreasonably early morning trips to the airport.
This is one of those unreasonably pesky patterns that has you use every last scrap of fabric while cutting out your pattern pieces and then asks you for bias facings for the armhole openings. My bias strips were not quite bias-y enough, and have a tendency to try to flip outwards… I’m tacking them down now so they won’t do that anymore, and I plan on drafting properly shaped facings for my next version. I also shortened my first draft considerably… too much, actually. I would prefer it between 2 and 6 inches longer… so perhaps the original length wasn’t so far off! I did find that the neck opening on the pattern was too small for me. I just opted to leave off the top button and buttonhole, and let the collar fall open naturally. I might add those back in on my next version, but I doubt I will actually be able to button it!
Here’s the pattern envelope and the fabric I got (at $2.50 a yard! yay!) for the next version. I’m planning on leaving off the pockets still (I’m not too taken with them) and I think I’l going to just do the capped sleeve version again, but I’m not entirely sure… what do you think of the puffed sleeves? Likely to look weird? The drawing on the envelope isn’t much help there. Also, what would you do for buttons with this fabric? I’m going to take the finished garment to the fabric store to look at buttons again, I guess, since I wasn’t really sold on anything when I bought the fabric. Any other helpful hints or advice before I dive into the Morning Coat, v.2?