A Spring Dress in Winter – Butterick 5317 Pattern Review

This dress has been on my mind for quite some time.  Last spring, I bought this floral border print fabric as a floor cut from Promenade Fabrics in New Orleans. I didn’t have the full yardage because it had a piece cut from it.  None ofb5317 the patterns I had suited this border print, so after some perusing, I bought Butterick 5317 specifically for it.  However, when I initially tried to fit the pattern pieces on the fabric in my idea to have the bodice and skirt go from white to black, I couldn’t.  I didn’t have enough fabric to make it happen, so I folded the fabric up and decided to see if another pattern would catch my eye.  Months passed, and every time I looked in my stash, it stared back at me, desperate to me sewn and worn.  Last month, (I know I’m behind on posting, but it’s been cold and raining) I decided to try again.  When I laid the pieces of this time, I figured out a way to make it work.  Not the look I initially wanted, but as close as I could get it. 🙂

As a pattern review, I made View A, in a size 6.  The floral print is a stretch cotton sateen,  and I used a lightweight white satin from my stash to line the bodice.  The deviations from the pattern that I made were, I did not add the contrast band at the bottom and I used a narrow hem due to fabric constraints.  As a note, the instructions for the side seam pocket and side zipper are interesting.

I like this dress and am glad that I finally got to sew and wear it.  When I went to take pictures, a lady came over to tell me it looked like I was in a garden 🙂 Wouldn’t you know it, I was in a printed garden in a botanical garden LOL.


What’s a Kitchen Without an Apron – Butterick 5474 Sewing Pattern Review


I’ve started cooking  regularly again, and immediately realized I needed an apron.  My burner covers have a wine motif, so I thought it would be cute to make an apron out of wine motif fabric.  Then maybe my kitchen will have a theme eventually. 🙂 The thought and need had been on my mind for a couple weeks, when a co-worker told b5474me  that she was moving and when she was cleaning out her craft closet she found a bag of fabric.  She said she doesn’t sew and she though of me so she brought it to work to give it to me. 🙂 Yay!  I happily accepted, of course.  Lo and behold, the bag included scraps of two different wine motif cottons.  Double Yay!  I hurried to the fabric store on pattern sale day and bought Butterick 5474 with View C in mind (pictured to the right).

As a pattern review, I made View C in a size Small.  I didn’t like the use of three different contrast fabrics, however, I didn’t have enough to do it all in one of the wine motifs.  I used both, and a coordinating beige100_3406_Fotor scrap of what appeared to be home decor satin to line the bust pieces.

Since I had limited fabric, I had to omit the ruffle around the bottom of the apron.  It looks similar to the envelope but not the same  because of my fabric choices and limitations.  The instructions were easy to follow.  The ruffles took a while, but I think it was worth it.  When I make it again, I will probably put matching pockets on the left side as well.  They are a good height, and depth, and therefore they are totally functional! This is a cute and functional apron and I love it!




If Katharine Can Wear Fur, Then So Can I – Butterick Pattern 5966 Review

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To quote Katharine Hepburn, “I wear my kind of clothes to save me the trouble of deciding which clothes to wear.”   See the jacket below?  it’s from the movie “Desk Set” starring Katharine and Spencer Tracy.  It’s a gorgeous fur coat that crosses over in the front, and flows beautifully as she walks.

Of course this movie was playing on TCM (one of the best channels ever lol) during Christmas.  Not that I need to wait for it to come on TV, my mom and I each own the DVD.  I was inspired to make my own from the fur I stashed away this summer.

One of the things I love about Katharine is her body type is similar to mine, in that she’s tall and slim.  So, she’s more of a silhouette ideal for me than shorter or more buxom actresses.

For this fur coat I decided to use Butterick pattern B5966.  This pattern has a choice of cup size, which is nice for a more custom fitting jacket.  It wasn’t designed for fur, but that hasn’t stopped me before, remember the green fur one?  I used View B for the length and the tie from View C.  I made the muslin out of an lightweight satin print that will never see the light of day and although the fly instructions seemed easy to follow, I decided to omit that entirely, since the fur is already bulky and i would use fur hooks if necessary.

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Now, when I made my first fur coat (the green one), I didn’t underline it.  My thinking was that the crepe back satin lining in conjunction with the fur would be enough.  On windy days I felt the wind more than I wanted to, so I decided to underline this one in fleece to help with that.  The lining that you catch glimpses of is hot pink crepe back satin.

I love this black and grey fur, but that long pile plus underlining was definitely a beast to work with when it got time to set the sleeves in.  I attempted to machine stitch one initially, fought with trying to get all the layers under the presser foot and then gave up and attempted hand stitching.  A note to the world, I hate hand sewing and avoid it whenever possible.  My hand sewing stitches are tiny and close together (think Cinderella’s mice stitching her gown for the ball small) and take forever because I like invisible seams. Any pattern with instructions that include the directions SLIPSTITCH or CATCHSTITCH for long seams gets put back in the cabinet, and I wait until someone comes out with an easier version.

I did half a sleeve, but got frustrated and decided to sleep on it.  I awoke with a new plan on how to machine stitch them, tested it on the other sleeve and it worked!  I ripped out the hand stitching and restitched the first sleeve with the machine.  So another note, don’t sew tired, sleepy, or frustrated.  Take a break, trust me, it’ll go faster after you come back to it fresh with a new plan of attack.

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I love this coat. It’s heavy, thick, and feels sumptuously luxurious!  It reminds me of the women’s coats in movies from the ’40s and ’50s. Where ever shall I wear it?  There is always Saturday Night Ballroom 🙂 I’d say I need an excuse to wear it, but I have no shame.  If the weather channel says the high for the day is anything below 45 degrees, you will see me in this coat. 🙂  I’ll close with a final picture from “Desk Set” of Katharine and my fur coat inspiration.