Today I completed Butterick 4838, a reversible summer shift or cover-up with only two pattern pieces. It’s still winter here, but after prolonged illness and also a huge house move I just felt like sewing something – anything – to get back into sewing. I’d always wanted to make this well-known 1960s pattern, because it looks cute, easy to wear, and would be a great summer dress (I suffer terribly with the heat). I’ve also recently grown out of much of my wardrobe, ahem, so can justify the make because I NEED new clothes. Really. Especially because my daughter has started stealing all my old ones because she has grown INTO them.
I didn’t bother doing a test run, as it’s such a simple pattern (please keep tsking and chuckles to a minimum). Contrary to the envelope illustration, where the waist seems somewhat raised and as if the cut-out ends at the back waist, it turns out that the cut-out is quite wide AND low, and not only that, is also quite open and revealing due to the generous cut of the mod, shift-like shape. I think if I were standing in a queue and there was someone right behind me and they bothered to look down, they’d probably be able to see right down to my undies! Whoops. I think I’ll only be wearing this over my swimmers to go down the road to the pool. You could say the clue was in the pattern description, which used the word ‘cover-up’.
Still, I’m happy with it – and I used up some original 1960s psychedelic fabric I thrifted years ago: a sheer synthetic, light as air, with a faint crepey texture to it. I have the perfect buttons for the dress – huge lime green plastic ones – but haven’t added them yet as I still havent unpacked my haberdashery stash (I can’t even find the box!). I won’t be making them functional buttons, because it’s loose enough to just be pulled over my head.
I will make this again and make it truly reversible (not just lined like this one) and will adjust the cut-out to be more wearable. I really recommend this fun mod pattern!