I was sooo excited when Butterick released this pattern, that must have been ages ago since it is out of print. What would Claire Underwood wear? This dress. Olivia Pope, her too. My only problem is finding somewhere to go. Being in construction my office is mostly business casual and when I walk in looking killer sometime I feel a fool. So, the next time we go to our fancy all white feel like you need to wear operating room booties lawyers office I will wear this and pretend I just walked off the set of Suits.
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Dress with an interesting princess cut bodice to neck band fold.
Cut the size 6.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Were the instructions easy to follow?
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
This was pretty simple to put together for a very tailored and structured look. The bodice is lined and if you properly finished all the seams this would take a couple hours. Given the fabric I just cut the pieces sewed/serged to whole thing together without going over raw edges. Never look inside my garments.
Thick knit with double layer lacey look from Levine Loft.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
Zippers are not my friends, mostly because I am lazy, and since the fabric was a stiff, thick and stretchy knit I omitted the zipper. The dress is definitely easy enough to pull on even after I look about .5″ out of each side all the way down the dress.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Not sure how many dresses I need that fit in at expensive lawyers offices, especially since I don’t work in one. I will probably make the top with a thinner knit so it is not so razor sharp on the shoulders.
If you work in an office where people dress business formal then this is the dress for you. If you regularly attend weddings, charity events, funerals or the opera then this dress is definitely for you. If your idea of comfort on the weekends is jeans with a tee, Netflix and Trader Joe’s movie theater popcorn find a less structured pattern and in an hour you can grab your remote.