Wednesday, May 26, 2010

3. Jumper Dress - Butterick 4948

Pattern Description: Butterick 4948 - Loose-fitting dress has all-in-one pointed collar and band, front neckline slit, front and back yokes, extended shoulders, in-seam pockets, and top-stitched trim.
Pattern Sizing: Size 12 (bust=34, waist=26.5, hips=36) I made a straight 12, no alterations!

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, very much!

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yup.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I love the idea of a dress that fits like an artist smock. However, the neckline is almost too short to get the dress over my head since they have you stitch the opening an inch above the yoke seam. I might have to take that stitching out or it will probably rip itself out eventually.

Fabric Used: 16-wale, 42 inch wide Blackberry Sew Classics corduroy from Jo-Ann Fabrics on sale for $6.99 per yard; Wrights Flexi-Lace Hem Tape.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I made two alterations: I redrew the collar to eliminate the curve and squared it off. I also reshaped the pockets to make them bigger because I value pockets that I can really use. Then I shortened the shorter View A, which originally was supposed to be 41.25 inches by eliminating 2.5 inches. However, I will not be wearing this dress with a belt so I may shorten it by a few more inches.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I will probably sew it again in a more flowing fabric. Hopefully the corduroy will release a bit more after washing, the skirt tends to stick out tent-like. I would use a better fusible interfacing on the yoke or no interfacing at all. Anything that was not sewn over stopped adhering after a few days and I'm not sure if it was really needed there.

Topstitching on the yoke and lavender lace trim on the hem

Conclusion: I like it, though now I realize I could have gone down a size. It's a bit maternity... However, if I did make it smaller I would have to lengthen the yoke, because I can barely work this dress over my head getting dressed. Any less wiggle-room and I could see some ripped seams.

So the count is 3 out of 4 mini-wardrobe items. There is only one more to go. Can I finish it this month? Stay tuned.


Elaray said...

You dress looks very comfortable. And the color is great, too.

Tasia said...

Fun colour! If you wanted to make it less tenty, you could always belt, it like on the cover photo.
Thanks for your suggestion today about piping on my Vogue 9668 dress, I'm definitely going to try it!

Sarah said...

Cute! I love the color. I see what you mean about the neck opening -- maybe you could leave it open further next time and use a hook and eye? or very short zip?

Anyway, I saw on your sew retro post that you were looking for striped knits, I just bought some knits from this ebay seller and she had several stripes, a couple of them definitely multi-colored!

Nathalie said...

Having left a comment on Sew Retro, I'll leave another here as I really like the shape as is. Much prefer it without a belt and the choice of fabric gives it the structure it needs. It didn't strike me at all as tenty, but really cool and comfortable and perfect for the summer. It's a winner in my book!

lsaspacey said...

Tasia, I did wear it two days ago with a belt, but it seems really wrong to put a waist belt on a dress with an empire-waist. Like a crime against design or something. ;)

Ali said...

How fun! It turned out wonderfully. Look forward to seeing your next incarnation of this pattern. :)