If you need a break from difficult sewing projects, I encourage you to grab the Butterick 6453 dress pattern. It was a easy and fun to sew! The only timely adjustment I needed to make was an FBA. After that was sorted out, it was all downhill.
This dress is fluffy and full, no need for a crinoline underneath. The princess seams are flattering. The straps are perfectly positioned. And, the back zip is a cinch. What are you waiting for? Grab the pattern and let's get started!
Trace and cut out all your pattern pieces. Make sure to transfer the markings and notches. I didn't trace the pocket or skirt pieces onto new paper. Sometimes I get lazy and use the actual pattern tissue. Please don't tell the sewing Gods on me.
Staystitch your neckline, don't skip this step.
Sew the darts.
Then, sew the princess seams to the front bodice piece. I find it easiest to clip the front piece a little to help with the curve if needed. Also, it's easier to sew with the flat piece on the bottom. Go slow and adjust as needed; you'll have a pucker-free seam in the first go.
After the princess seams are sewn, match the side seams with the back pieces. Sew from the waist up.
Here's a Tip:
If you have an old bra lying around that no longer fits, cut it up. Use the metal hardware for your dress straps. I save all my metal hardware from old bras.
Notice my blue fingers? I've washed this linen three times and it still makes my skin blue. Ack!
Pin your straps into place and try the bodice on before stitching the straps on. I waited until the dress was fully sewn before I did this. The linen weighs a ton and I knew the skirt would pull it down. Yay gravity! My fabric was too thick to make adjustable straps so I ended up sewing the strap ends onto the bodice. But, I actually love adjustable straps, even though the dress will only get worn by me. :)
Here's a bra hack post if you're interested in DIYing your bra.
Gather and sew the skirt front and back pieces together. I didn't take any photos of this because it's pretty easy.
Zippity doo-dah! This pattern calls for a lapped zipper. I'm still on the fence about whether I like doing lapped zippers or not.
Press the right side under 1/2" and press the left (lapped) side 5/8" under.
Pin the right side and sew down from the top, using a zipper foot. Go slow to avoid any mother puckers. ;)
Pin the left side starting at the waistband. You want that area to match up. Then, pin upwards and downwards making sure the raw edge will be hidden after its sewn. Go slowly starting from the top and sew down. Swivel and sew a few stitches across to seal the end of the zipper.
Ta-da! Your zipper is complete. A white one was used because that's all I had on hand. I was doing a "no buy" sewing challenge. I normally would have used a navy blue one but, the white still matches. Sorta. Ha!
I eventually lost the challenge after a fabric cutting mistake though. Insert eye roll.
All that's left to do is sew the hem. Choose an easy hem, turn up the raw edge 2" and then turn it up again.
So, that's it. This is the easiest dress pattern I've ever come across. Are you going to make one? Do you know of an even easier vintage-style dress pattern? Heck, my caftan was more involved than this was. I assumed a caftan would be easy. Nay-nay!
Thanks for hanging out today. If you are looking for a few other pattern reviews, click here for the Ginger Jeans review. Or, here for a Cheongsam sew-a-long.
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Hi there, I'm Annette and I love eating and sewing. I usually have a cup of coffee or tea with me, but not next to my machine because I'd probably spill it. I am the reason we can't have nice things.
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