Butterick 5748, a classic pattern from the early 1960s that is still very much influenced by the dress shapes of the 1950s. If the measure of success for a sewn garment lies in how often it gets worn, this dress is already a proven winner. I have worn it to two weddings and to a Parliamentary reception at the House of Lords:
Wearing the dress on the Terrace at the House of Lords
I used a stunning multi-coloured watercolour cotton sateen from Ditto Fabrics (no longer available, I purchased it earlier in the year). This was the first time I had shopped there, and the owner Gill was really helpful when I phoned up for advice on lining. The pattern calls for full lining but I only lined the bodice. I decided to leave the skirt un-lined to give a softer silhouette than the classic 60s one.
I made a bodice muslin to check fit, and made some adjustments to the darts as well as taking a tiny amount of material out of the upper chest - this is a usual adjustment for me. I also added a pocket, of course, because all dresses need pockets. As I was going for a softer and more modern look, I hemmed it to hit above the knee.
This pattern is classic party dress material, and is ideal for showcasing a print. The circle skirt falls absolutely beautifully. I will definitely make this pattern again, and might use a different skirt shape as I am really happy with the bodice fit. I know it is a dress I will wear again and again.
Check out that skirt!
Thanks to The Foldline and McCalls for inviting me to be part of the #bvsewalong. As I received my pattern for free and an allowance for my fabric, I have made a donation to the Eve Appeal.