Review: Butterick 5884 | The Cape Sleeve Dress!

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The moment I saw Butterick 5884, it was love at first sight.  And I knew I'd be making View B.  The other version was just too "basic"... like I've seen it too many times.   This dress reminds me of the Halston dresses my mother wore in the 70s.  It has that "I'm off to Studio 54" feel and that was also a draw.  And I knew I wanted to make it in a print, but nothing as bold as the one on the pattern envelope.  This design can hold its on.  So I went with another Mood Fabrics Thakoon silk crepe de chine. 
See, I've never really cared for prints.  And when I do occasionally pick one, a lot of thought goes into it.  Sometimes prints can be awesome and other times, you end up looking like bad upholstery.  This gray abstract print is subtle and simply perfect.  As with all of the Thakoon prints.  And it behaved fantastic.  No problems cutting, sewing or pressing.  And it wears like a dream.
The description is:  Lined dress has forward shoulder seams, fitted, blouson bodice, gathered waist, thread loops, invisible back zipper and self belt (cut on crosswise grain). B: single-layer back, pleated and gathered overlay (wrong side shows) extends into sleeves with seam opening, bias binding, and very narrow hem.
The dress is fully-lined (with the exception of the overlay) with a gray bemberg rayon from my stash.
The bodice has a deep-v.  I didn't make any major adjustment.  I just lightly tacked it so there wouldn't be any wardrobe malfunctions.
I made my usual alterations: an inch added to the bodice.  And 3 inches to the skirt.  This pattern is not complicated, but I did rely heavily on the instructions for steps like adding the overlay/cape sleeve part.  And if you sew this pattern, you MUST be diligent with your markings.  You'll need them. 
Even with my abnormally long limbs, I found the sleeves to be really long.  There's no alteration line, so this is something you'd just have to figure out.  I just pushed mine up and kept it moving.  And I'm sure you noticed that my belt is no where to be seen.  I ran out of fabric and barely had enough to get the dress cut.  Hey, it happens!
All in all, this is a fabulous dress that I'm sure will be one of my favorites of the year.

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67 comments

  1. I always want to buy patterns after I've seen your versions of them. I'm sure I have said this before but Vogue & Co really should hire you as a stylist and model.

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    1. Thanks AllisonC!

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    2. I ditto with AllisonC...This is a fab dress and looks fantastic on you. I need to consider this one now. It is really cool!

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    3. Thanks Laurie Lou!

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  2. Awesome! Your dress is gorgeous and you look stunning in it. The backdrop for this review is breathtaking and so very fitting for this dress. Marvelous!

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  3. I totally agree with Allison's comment. I would not have looked twice at this pattern had I not seen yours. I love it! It looks beautiful - perfect style and fabric combo. I too am very picky about prints, but this is gorgeous. Thanks for posting. Rachel UK

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  4. Great looking dress! You definitely make the pattern look much better with the subtle print.

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  5. Beautiful dress and, as always, I love how you've styled it.

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  6. Love the butterfly dress! :-)

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  7. You could grace the cover of Vogue Magazine in this dress. As always you have done an outstanding job. Happy stitching Erica!

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  8. Beautiful and unexpected! Love the backdrop for the photo shoot too.

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  9. Awesome photoshoot. You look amazing and that necklace is dope.

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  10. You are such a classy lady!! I love your style. BTW, how tall are you? I always need to make adjustments to my garments in length because of my "abnormally long limbs" as well. I sometimes find myself over compensating for my length at times. I noticed that you have a "usual" length adjustment. Do you not find that it seems to be different depending on the type of garment and pattern company? I know this is a lot, but just wanted to know from a pro with a similiar body type.

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    1. I don't know how tall Erica is, but I make about the same adjustments (depending on the pattern, 1.5-2 inches on the bodice, 2-4 inches on the skirt), and I'm 5'10".

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    2. Natalea, I'm officially 5'9 3/4", but I just say 5'9"! All of the Big 4 companies (Butterick, McCall's, Vogue & Simplicity) cut for the height of 5'6" and a B cup. I already know that the waist is going to be an inch too short and skirts and dresses are going to need to be lengthened by 3". And on jackets, they always need about an inch added to the sleeve length. And if pants are wide-leg, then they need about 6-7 inches so they'll cover my shoes and hit the floor. I do flat pattern measurements, but it's really experience and how I like my clothes to fit. Thanks!

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    3. Denise, I'm a smidgen under 5'10", so I'm right there with you.

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  11. As a sewist well old enough to be your mom, I want to say that you look exactly like a young woman should look! Your husband and children must be so proud of you!

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  12. I actually prefer it without the belt. I think adding a self belt with those billowing sleeves (don't get me wrong, I love them!) would have been a little too much. You look lovely :)

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    1. I agree Denise. I put on a RTW belt and took it off immediately! Thanks!

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  13. Oh My Gosh! This dress is fantastic !! I've been looking at this pattern since it came out and now thanks to you, I might have found my new project. I love your blog, you have so much talent, it's just crazy. Good job :)

    Maude
    www.mpbymaude.blogspot.ca

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  14. Divine! You look so stunning, Erica! Like others have mentioned in the comments, I totally didn't feel the glamorous vibe from this dress at first glance. Your print selection is perfect! Are you going to wear this as a day dress or is this a night out on the town?

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    1. I'll wear it when the mood strikes! Thanks Rosanne!

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  15. Omg Erika, this is beautiful! Your print is perfect for this silhouette too! No resemblance to upholstery here! Now, I must have this pattern!

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  16. LOVE! LOVE! LOVE! the dress and shoes!!!! :-)

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  17. That is a beautiful dress; the entire outfit is gorgeous. I can see it being worn at a wedding.

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  18. Great Grecian look among those columns.

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  19. Love the dress. It's perfect for a June wedding. I have not sewed in 20 years. Maybe I should pick up my Singer!!! LOL.
    I am following you via bloglovin.

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    1. My Kurves, it's just like riding a bike! Thanks!

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  20. FANTASTIC dress!! I love the flowing sleeves!

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  21. As usual Gorgeous!!!

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  22. Really Ms. Erica? You just gonna hurt 'em like that huh? Lol

    Too hot!

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  23. Love this dress. Is it as breezy and cool as it looks?

    And... LOL at Kim Karadashian's dress - that is horrible! Her dress looks like has gloves... she is completely ungulfed in that awful thing.

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    1. It is meli88a! Thanks!

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  24. very cool dress! So unique. Love it.

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  25. Another stunner! Love this dress.

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  26. Hey dear I really like your blog! What about following each other on bloglovin and Google + ? ...just let me know :3 <3


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  27. I am in absolute love!

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  28. Wow, gorgeous dress. Love the cape detail, makes the look so special (in a good way).

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  30. To answer your deleted question: Yes, I am just that good. That's why it's called an INVISIBLE zipper. It's not supposed to be seen.

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