This is going to be my favorite of all patterns in the spring 2013 collections! But getting here was not an easy journey. This is Butterick 5881, a layered, multi-piece dress by Katherine Tilton. I looked everywhere for examples of the dress, because the envelope pics leave much to the imagination. What is up with the hem(s)? What is meant by a split seam? Is that center back really off center or am I looking too hard?
I Googled all over the web, and all I found were pics from the pattern envelope. Not even Tilton has sewn and shared a version with us. So here we go – Butterick 5881!
Butterick has labelled this as an Easy pattern. Ummmm. It has 19 pieces and includes a lapped front placket, underdress with reversed seaming, applied elastic gathers, bound neckline, and pieced overdress. It is not hard…but I really don’t think it’s easy as in a beginner sewist will have an easy time with it!
|Black poly/cotton broadcloth from Holly Lobby – very lightweight and smooth|
|Fuji Afternoon Umbrellas – JoAnn Fabrics Keepsake Calico
Robert Kaufman Spot On Brown Mini Dots – Pink Chalk Fabrics
I used a faux front placket in the contrast fabric, in place of the lapped placket. I’ll continue to do this – I would rather sew a bound buttonhole than do a lapped placket!
I also used the contrast fabric to form a casing for the back elastic, which I elongated by 1/2″ and centered. And I only used 3 pieces of elastic, instead of 4.
All the leaves are from the mahogany trees, which switch out their foliage in April for a new outfit 🙂