Monday, January 24, 2011

Butterick 7451 - The Client Dress

I've been working on a dress for over a week now. It still needs buttons and a better collar (the one it has on now I messed up on.) I don't know if I want to put pockets on the boobs or not. I tend to avoid boob pockets because I'm a DD and I don't like more attention drawn to them :(

This was made in gray gabardine from a 1930s Nurse's uniform pattern (Butterick 7451, given to me by Miss Andrea Kamikat!), but I wanted to give it a more militaristic look. My main inspiration are the dresses worn by the women in the electronic band Client:

I'm going to change mine up a little. I'm leaving the whole front open because I like that. I still don't know if I want hip pockets (instead of boob pockets!)

One thing about this dress is that I actually took my time with it. Andrea traced the pattern on interfacing so I could pin it together, put it around me, and then determine how much fabric I needed to cut. The original pattern was a size 33 bust -- LOL! After I cut the fabric to the proper size I then pinned the pieces together and put the dress on -- pinning in where needed! Perfect fit!

My downfall is alterations. As you can see by what I just said, I have a ghetto way of doing them! I was never very good at resizing, especially DOWNsizing (taking things in). UPsizing always seemed much easier, but I had to be careful not to leave too much bagginess in the shoulders (from the bust alteration). Yup, alterations were never my thing. The funny part -- I could probably do them on someone else. Haha.

1 comment:

  1. Oh no that's not Ghetto! Have you read Fit for Real People? I bought it on amazon and it does exactly that. They call it "fit as you sew." many ppl (me too) think that all the fitting is done on the pattern piece, but really you can fit as you sew by truing on and pinning. So you are doing great!


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