Every year since this pattern has been released, it's been in my "to sew" pile. And I'm just now getting around to it. And I want to kick myself because I absolutely LOVE this dress! I can't believe I foolishly kept pushing this one to the side year-after-year.
This is Butterick 4974 which is OOP, but currently available on the website (well, temporarily unavailable right now). The description is: Close-fitting, above knee, lined halter dress has straps attached to back with purchased rings, side seam zipper and back slit.
I cut the size 14 and graded to the 16 at the hip. But since I used a jersey, I could've stayed with the 14 all of the way. I lengthened at the waist 1 inch and 2 inches at the hem. And I omitted the zipper and the back vent. But I did fully line the dress.
The back was the biggest draw to this pattern. That's what made it different and why it was a "I must sew this right now" make.
I got my rings from the jewelry making section at Joanns. And I had to tweak the fit of the underarm by taking it in to prevent gaping. I also had to pull the neck straps a lot tighter than suggested. And yes, this dress is (strapless) bra-friendly.
Once again, I used another color of the ponte nylon knit from Hancock Fabrics in Bali. I love this fabric! According to the website, it's available in white. If I can't find it in my store, I just may have to order! It's the perfect weight to prevent see-through. And I'll probably be making this dress again. I have to make up for lost time you know!