My 16 year old daughter had her Presentation Ball on Saturday night. This is a special ball the school has for the girls to be officially presented as seniors for the following year. It has all the pomp and drama that a formal has.
Pattern Sizing: AA 6 - 12 I cut the 10. View B
Fabric: Of course the colour is not a true representation in the pic, it is a steel grey bluish colour. I am not sure of the actual fabric make up as I had metres of this in my stash.
Description: Retro Butterick Misses' Dress, Evening. This is a retro 1950's pattern and my daughter fell in love with it months ago. It looks like a halter neck but actually had a full back. The skirt is full ( hemming all 6 metres of it required a whole movie)
Did it look like the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Absolutely.
Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes they were very easy to follow.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I did find it a bit annoying the way the sash that wraps around the finished gown is designed. The front and back bodice pieces are separate and the sash brings it together once tied. So when the dress is on the hanger, where the sash is attached to the gown it is a abit messy in my opinion.
Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made: On the pattern, the sash is a single layer of fabric that requires a narrow hem. In our trial dress this looked very cheap as when you wrap the sash there was the risk of this showing. Especially as we tied a knot at the back and the two ends formed a bow like finish. I cut two pieces, flipped inside out and pressed like mad to get a crisp edge. This looked much better when wrapped around the waist. I also added a waist stay and an invisible zipper instead of a dress zip. The bodice needed some fabric taken out, similar to a SBA but not really as my daughter is amply endowed.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I would not sew it again as it will not be worn again. I do highly recommend it though as it is a beautiful dress.