Butterfly dress

Hello! Its been a while since I’ve last updated. The blog update had been slow lately, but my sewing has not stopped. I am about 10 garments behind! Its just so darn hard to get out there for a decent photoshoot with two kids.

This dress is a pretty recent make and I’ve been wearing it a lot. I have a yellow silk-cotton blend dress in the same shape from goodwill that Ive worn to death (about 4-5 rips I’ve repaired, i think the fabric is about to die completely). So I wanted to make up a pattern that would capture the same cut.

This is my second attempt on my drafted pattern,which is actually based on Mccal 3571. I simply extended the 6-gore top to a 6-gore dress, with aggressive flaring at the waist (my first attempt didnt have enough flare). At first, the neckline felt too big – but I decided to go with it anyways. After washing it shrunk down to the perfect size. But with my next attempt I may make the neckline more fitted.

I made the back pretty high – which is atypical of my recent dress makes. I realized a higher back actually makes me look taller from the back. Also, I used a tutorial similar to this for the zipper insertion. I cant believe I’ve never done this before – its absolutely the best way I’ve inserted a not invisible zipper! (It wont work for invisible zippers).

The flare from waist really helps hiding my pooch. I still have a pooch >_< it is much harder getting back in shape with the second pregnancy. I did get comments from my friends on how flattering this dress looks on me!

When I first finished this dress, I was :meh: about it. It felt… plain and uninteresting. But after wearing it out once, I was in love!! the fabric is very light, and it would catch wind and sway in the most romantic way (without expose too much… i think). It really makes me feel like a butterfly fluttering in the wind. Sometimes, its more about how the dress makes you feel than how it looks, right? 🙂

5 thoughts on “Butterfly dress

    1. agreed! but i actually exercised more this time around – still cant lose it. oh well, its good that we know how to sew! hiding pooch is easy when you can tailor!

  1. Your dress looks so amazing! Did you mention you are hiding a pooch somewhere underneath that dress?! I didn’t notice until you mention it! I love the cloth you used for the dress. It looks absolutely perfect for summer. Where did you get it?

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