My first clothing project this year was creating this fun, flowey, summery dress. I got in just in time to wear it to Valentines / my mums Bday lunch this past weekend. My amazing boyfriend also got me a bunch of roses! Very spoilt! I’m sure he’s loving me saying that too.
Description: Very loose-fitting, pullover dress which has elastic at the neckline and waist. It also has a number of variations for the sleeve and hem. In long and short versions.
Pattern: Butterick 6451
Material: Rayon material from Spotlight
This blue dress was my first attempt at sewing this dress. I cut out a muslin but I didn’t go as far as adding the elastic. So once I had it all finished there were a few alterations I wanted to make for the second dress.
In the photo below I have the back pattern overlaying the front pattern so that I could match it up at the sleeves. The first alteration was simply taking 5cm off the top of the front and back of the dress. I also then brought up the sleeves about 5cm on both the front and back because once it was sitting off my shoulders it left a large gap. This is shown in the photos below where you can see my bra.
It’s not a huge issue because the only time you would notice this is if I lift my arms but obviously I wanted to perfect it for the next dress.
This is the second version of this dress and thankfully you can’t see my bra on any angle, even if I lift my arms. I absolutely love the dress style and the extra gathered panel at the bottom. It’s perfect for summer and being lightweight rayon material means I can wear this in the humid Brisbane heat.
If you have time to sneak this dress in before Summer ends I highly recommend giving it a go. There is also a shorter version available on this dress pattern that would be great to make too. Also, if you like the fabric I think it’s still available at Spotlight 🙂
Erin & the Puggies