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Strawberry Fields for…….. everyone but me.

This is going to be a short post on here as I made a much more detailed one on my blog about sewing my first official dress! I used this popular retro butterick pattern B5478 , paired it with a lovely polished cotton that I picked up at a second hand store for a bargain (it has these adorable little strawberry plants against navy blue)

The process of sewing this dress went off without a hitch until the very end. I even used tailor’s tacks to make sure my darts would all be even! I was incredibly excited when this was the final result.

It turned out lovely…light weight …fun…swishy and almost perfect! Why almost? Because I got all the way to the end put the zip in …got ready to put it on and realized that I made a huge mistake. I got it to zip up just fine…until it hit the bottom part of my full bust. I had no idea that I would need to do a Full Bust Adjustment …how did I not realize this when I am fairly certain I have read it before? No clue…it just slipped my mind. My bust is 8 inches larger than my upper bust so I am going to re-do this dress using an FBA and see how it goes. Check out more details on my new blog 🙂 as always thank you for reading and being such wonderfully talented individuals!




About the author: I am a 24 year old just learning the in’s and out’s of vintage sewing! I was so excited when i discovered this website and absolutely love the posts that I have found. Currently I am working on a few projects and look forward to posting some of them soon! 🙂

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  • mariebayarea May 29, 2013, 10:53 pm

    Pretty dress

  • Elizabeth May 29, 2013, 11:33 pm

    If you have enough fabric left, you could just redo the bodice and put it on the skirt, but I saw on your blog that you’re giving it to a (lucky lucky) friend.

    I read somewhere (probably a Palmer/Pletsch book) that patterns are sized for a B cup, so if you’re bigger than that, you have to adjust. I even have to tweak them for Cs. With experience, you’ll be able to look at a pattern and know exactly how to adjust it. I also learned the hard way to choose the size by the finished garment measurements on the pattern pieces.

    And when you invest in a dress form, the adjustable ones are the best. They’re sized for B cups too, so what I did was dial mine so the underbust (chest) measurement matched mine, then put an old bra on it and filled the cups with batting. That way, I had a good match to my proportions for fitting.

    The more we sew, the more we learn. Even the projects that don’t turn out teach us and sharpen our skills.

    • Shaysierae May 29, 2013, 11:35 pm

      Thank you for all of those suggestions!! I am hoping to get an adjustable dress form sometime within the next few months to help with fitting. I never would’ve thought to dial it up to my full bust measurement! and If I had more material I definitely would have redone the bodice …I had just enough to make the dress sadly enough.

  • EmSewCrazy June 1, 2013, 12:24 am

    Oh how sad. We live and learn. Good job on not giving up. Just think your next dress will be even better since you already know how to do it!

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