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Butterick 2137 the wriggle dress that almost wasn’t

By on November 18, 2015

Butterick 2137…this project sat in my ‘to-sew-to-fix-can’t-deal-with-it’ pile for a long time. I finished it early last summer, loved it. Wore it. But didn’t get around to taking good photos to blog it.

Butterick 2137 neckline2

This neck line is the reason I couldn’t face it. I cut this out of my fabric, which was not really enough for a dress, but I had to make into something wearable as it’s just sew lovely, and was from my nana’s stash. A bit special.

Butterick 2137 neckline

When I cut this out, I was short of fabric for all the facings, and needed to add a false hem, so really short on fabric, but it Would Work. What I was not that prepared for was that when I cut it out, I needed to make a hollow bust/chest adjustment (which is now even more apparent as I am no longer a breastfeeding sewing mama). So I had to deal a bit, with body not working or pattern not working…happily I persevered, I sewed the bias on three times, first attempt the print showed through the white tape (oh no!) so figured I’ll skip the white detail at the neck and make it a bias facing…but then I was not happy with that. So, unpicked the facing, realised that all that sewing, unpicking and fiddling around had stretched the neckline even more. Major neckline gaping…Urgh.

So then, I put it away, despairing a bit, also needed to improve my attitude, and my skills?

In the end I just decided to make two pleats to reduce the gape and add a, um, ‘design feature’….I used two thickness of bias binding to finish, and viola! Happiness.

Butterick 2137 tall again

I had been looking at heaps of lovely patterns, and some really sweet details like gathered bodices, around the bust darts, and some of those really simple pleats or details that are so typical of beautiful vintage sewing patterns. So, lots of inspiration, and a bit more confidence to make the dress work.

Butterick 2137 tall3

I love the print, and the dress is perfect for summer.

Butterick 2137 tall

I’m also wearing my other nana’s earrings!

Butterick 2137 check out my earrings

Here’s the original pattern for those who enjoy them as much as I do…

BUtterick-2137

More on my blog, of course, Mermaid’s Purse, Butterick 2137.

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Butterick 2137

By on February 1, 2013

I had a super quick turn around with this recent dress project:

I chose version A, sans collar, and used a slightly stretchy plaid fabric that I recently inherited, I had just enough width to panel the body pieces.

No major issues, just it just needs perhaps a little more work to fit the back better – I had to fit while I wore this one!

It’s not quite right across the shoulder/upper back area, and a bit close around the waist… but I love it and enjoy wearing it, so will let that slide! ┬áBring on cooler months!

Ps, this is the next version of this dress (hopefully ready for my husbands exhibition opening tomorrow… if I can just get off the computer while he hangs out with the kids!):

Of course, there’s a little more over on my blog, mermaidspurse.org.nz.

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