Monday, September 5, 2016

DIY Maxi Dress: Butterick 5206 Pattern Review

Ok, I clearly never blog anymore as more than two years has passed since a post!!! But I now have four little kiddos from age 6 down to 5 months and sewing/blogging is definitely low on the priority list. However, I still look at blogs for inspiration and pattern reviews before I sew a new pattern, so maybe this will help someone looking for a new maxi dress :)

Pattern Description: Dress with mock wrap bodice
Pattern Sizing: I cut the 8 for the top and graded to a 10 in the skirt
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? kind of, but I changed it to a maxi
Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes, this pattern was easy to follow.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I liked that it was a mock wrap dress and the skirt would just be a front and back rather than an actual wrap. The weight of this fabric drapes beautifully with this style of fabric. Although the dress is a little heavy with this much fabric it is still very comfortable to wear.
Fabric Used: I used this clearance poly spandex that I found at Hobby Lobby for around $3 a yard! 
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:  I added length to the skirt to make it a maxi length and left the bottom edge unfinished. I took in the bodice and arms a bit for a more fitted look. The arms were rather loose so that took quite a bit of restitching. I did not do the belt as instructed because I did not have enough fabric. I simply cut as long of a sash as I could squeeze out. Put it right sides together, stitched around and left an opening to turn it right sides out. Pressed it flat and slip stitched the opening closed. 

Would you sew it again? YES Would you recommend it to others? Yes and yes

Happy Sewing,