I haven’t sewn anything from a pattern since 2012. I felt a bit guilty about the all the patterns I bought (back in 2012 when I was naively optimistic about my sewing skillz) and never used, ergo I dragged out the sewing machine and gave it another go with Butterick B5030.
I will not tell a lie, I feel like a bad bitch in this dress.
B5030 is a wrap dress that’s rated Easy. I think that’s an egregious falsehood, but sewing is not my strong suit.
It’s not entirely finished yet – I still have to put in another hook and eye closure (the bane of my existence) and put in a few stitches to hold the collar down, lest it pops up and I start to resemble Maleficent.
I chose leopard print fabric because why would I not choose leopard print fabric.
Overall, I’m very pleased with how it turned out, but there are a few issues. I always have to choose a pattern one size too large so that it fits over the bust, which leads to fit problems elsewhere. This dress is no exception, it gapes open at the top because I have to pull in the waist so much to get it to fit correctly. If I went a size down it would fit perfectly on the waist but my chest would look like a stuffed sausage. It’s the never-ending problem. I’m not experienced enough to modify the patterns yet to fix this problem, so for the time being double-sided tape (and possibly more hooks and eyes) shall be my best friends.
But, overall, I’m pretty pleased with myself on this one.
See you later!