Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Review: Butterick 5886 | Gone With The Wind Fabulous!

I could get my twirl on in this!

The moment that Mood posted a photo of this gorgeous fabric on their Instagram account, I immediately found it on the site and pulled the trigger on the purchase.  I was already in the mindset to make summer dresses, but I was still mentally deliberating on fabric choices.  And seeing this fabric at that exact moment... well, it was just serendipitous.  
This beautiful paisley print silk crepe de chine was the perfect marriage of fabric and pattern to Butterick 5886.  This fabric is so lightweight, floaty and luxurious.  It was perfect for a halter-style, high-low hem dress.
As much as I love silk fabrics, they're usually difficult to handle.  But this fabric cut beautifully and was easy to handle.  I  had no trouble keeping it on the grain, nor did it "crawl".  I used French seams and a narrow hem, because the wrong side of the hem shows.
Fashion tip #1 - A good racerback bra with a deep front closure is perfect for this!
Fashion tip #2 - To insure there's no "slippage", pick up Topstick Hairpiece Tape.  I got mine at Sally's Beauty Supply.  In my opinion, it looks a lot neater than using a pin.
The seams are understitch.  And I used a China silk from my stash to line the dress.
For the pattern, I lengthened the bodice by an inch.
And the skirt by three inches. 
And here's a tip:  For silk dresses with zippers, always interface the zipper insertion area.
I absolutely love this silhouette, and I can see myself living in these kind of dresses all summer!

64 comments:

  1. wow. awesome dress! love the length, it's just right.

    happy sewing
    Allison

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  2. How funny, I came to comment and saw Allison's comment above and wondered if I had already posted and forgotten, it's very possible these days! The high-low maxis are working for you this summer, both this one and the striped version look great and also pretty versatile.

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    1. Haha! Thanks AllisonC!

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  3. I just saw this fabric on Mood. It does look spectacular made up as this dress. I am sure you can you can be "gone with the wind fabulous" in this dress. You do look great in this dress. I believe you can wear just about anything!

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    1. Thanks Linda! The pictures do not do this fabric justice. The cobalt, navy and cream look amazing in person.

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  4. This is gorgeous fabric and a perfect pattern to show it off. You look fantastic.

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  5. Stunning. And if you feel the urge to twirl, well then, you MUST twirl. I love the back! I'm a huge fan of a "cut away sleeve" (not sure what it is technically called!).

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  6. This dress just screams SUMMER! You look fabulous. Good marriage of fabric and design.

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  7. Your dress is lovely...I love all paisley prints and you are wearing that dress very well.

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  8. super gorgeous Lady!!!!

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  9. Twirl Ms. Lady, b/c it is gone w/ the wind fabulous.

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  10. I'm glad you shared this pattern...you should have been the one modeling on that pattern cover, because their view does the dress NO justice. I would have never purchased this pattern, it's just not appealing. But, I love the way you worked it. I love how you did the lining ( shorter than the outer layer) so you can't see it at all at the hem. I don't know if the pattern calls for it that way, but that's smart. Beautiful fabric...it looks great on you! I would definitely go out and buy it now, lol!

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    1. Alethia, that's how the lining is drafted. It's genius! Thanks!

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  11. This is beautiful! perfect summer dress!!

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  12. Erica, you wear it well!

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  13. Gorgeous inside and out! You'd better be careful- Ms. K. Moore may have that phrase copy written ; )

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    1. K.Mo better not come for me, unless I send for her! Thanks Noriecreates!

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  14. You are truly gone with the wind fabulous in this dress! Two snaps AND a biscuit, mmkay?!

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  15. Gorgeous!! You matched pattern and fabric perfectly.

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  16. Beautiful dress and fabric and beautifully worn!

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  17. Your certainly are Gone With the Wind Fabulous! I bet you do a mean twirl in that dress too!

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  18. Fabulous on the dress form...drop dead GORGEOUS on you!!! You're screaming summer! Can't wait to see what else you have in store! :)

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  19. Absolutely love this. I thought I posted before with Ohhhhh Myyyyyy Godddddd. Not sure what happened to that comment Lol.

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  20. After seeing you in this dress on your fb I had to come to your blog to get the full details of that lovely dress you made. Awesome job!

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  21. Espectacular vestido, como todos los que haces!
    Un saludo.

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  22. Beautiful!! Well done - yet again! Rachel UK

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  23. OMG you look amazing! That dress is drop dead gorgeous! Your husband is a lucky man. Keep up the amazing inspiration!!!

    Rosa

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  24. This is really great. I so love a gorgeous maxi or midi dress for summer. Any tips on setting invisible zips in the side seam (other than interfacing the seam allowance?

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    1. No, not really. If you have a good fit, they won't look wavy over the curve of your hip. Thanks!

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  25. Now that is just showing off! Absolutely stunning dress..

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  26. There is no more I can ad to what's already been said....I fell in love with it on FB, and it looks just beautiful on you. It's the first time I've coveted an article of clothing in a LONG time. I see something similar in my future.

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  27. I like everything you make (it helps that you're talented *and* beautiful :-) ), but this dress is just gorgeous! I hope you have someplace Fabulous to wear it!
    Patty

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    1. Pbrenner, I wore it on a date night with my husband. Thanks!

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  28. Stunning! Also, thanks for the zipper tip. I've never worked with silk. I'll keep this in mind when I finally take the plunge.

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    1. Vanessa, silk is great to work with. Not scary at all. Thanks!

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  29. It is gorgeous!
    Now I have just ordered the pattern - and I do have some silk - but do I dare start such a project? Silk is very scary stuff.

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    1. Miranne, scary, but so worth it in the end! Thanks!

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  30. Hi,I was checking my morning blogs when I hit a link by mistake and you pop up and I was WOWED BY THIS PICTURE SO I HAD TO INVESTIGATE...LOL You ROCK THIS FABRIC & Pattern I think they were made JUST for YOU !!!!! any hoo I am your new follower now. I am Linda from Texas nice to meet you now I am on my way to see the rest of your blog Have a Great day !!!!!

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    1. Welcome Linda! And thanks for taking the time to drop a few lines!

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