Friday, July 11, 2014

Butterick 6049: A Festive Halter Dress

When this pattern was released on the Butterick website, I was instantly smitten. In fact, I loved it so much I made a near-replica of the model garment.

I think the bust detail is so cool. It reminded me immediately of this Tatyana dress from Modcloth. (Warning: those points are a little tricky to sew!)




This is one of the quickest projects I've sewn in recent memory. I was at my parent's house in Arizona and decided to give it a try. I made a muslin and then the rest of the dress in half a day. Super satisfying. I got the fabric at the local quilt shop out there. The white halter is Kona Cotton and the rest is a quilting broadcloth cotton print. It softened up nicely by prewashing.


I would definitely recommend making a bodice muslin of this design. The bodice was significantly too long for me, both in the halter portion and in the midriff. It also was very wide underneath the armpits, so I narrowed it. The size 14 was too big for me overall. I took it in at the side seams, but wish I had taken more out at the waist.

If I were to make it again, I would put a bit of boning in at the side seams and on either side of the zipper for support so the lower back doesn't wrinkle. I didn't have any of that stuff with me in Arizona, so I decided to do without. I did add bra cups, post construction.

The skirt is a full circle (with pockets, yay!). I wore it with a crinoline peeking out for dramatic effect, since I wore it for a 4th of July performance. It looked pretty great on stage (if I do say so myself). The skirt kept blowing up, since it was a windy day, so I was glad to have the crinoline underneath.


Overall, I highly recommend the pattern but do know that you'll probably need to spend some time fitting it--and you may wish to size down altogether. I'll probably be making this again this summer--aqua and white, perhaps?

31 comments:

  1. Oh I love it! I actually thought it was one of your designs at first, because the example dress is just so "you"! Looks wonderful up on stage too!

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  2. Oh that looks terrific! And super flattering as well. :D The crinoline is a great touch and looks fantastic on stage!

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  3. Boning by the zipper?! Brilliant! I'm always fighting with my backs wrinkling and only alterations for sway back and erect back only do so much. Many years of dance have trained me to stand up almost too straight. LOL

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  4. That dress looks super cool with your tattoos. Very flattering!

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  5. Wow! You look gorgeous!

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  6. Love it. What a great dress, you look amazing, Gertie!

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  7. I forgot to look at the dress in action in that last pic because- whadda guitar! You've never been foxier!

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  8. So what about a mod with an elastic back? Shirring, or elastic casings?

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  9. Excellent! Great looking dress, Gerty. I thought about buying it at the last pattern sale. Thanks for the review.

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  10. Just superb! Love the way your tats match the red of your dress ;-)

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  11. I LOVE IT....I TOTALLY LOVE IT....

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  12. Holy Mackeral! This is such a FAB-U-LOUS dress!!
    ~Michelle

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  13. Wow! I love it. Think I'll add this pattern to my wish list. Thanks for sharing, it looks awesome in you :)

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  14. Beautiful! I made a simillar one a while ago with a simpler bodice and I took double the time ihih

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  15. You look so freakin' cute in this Gertie! Well done :)

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  16. Gingham is catching my eye these days. Being a large gal though I'm just not sure. Thankfully it is not overly expensive and I could always wear it only at home if I decide I look too clownish in it. I would like this dress non-halter to cover up back fat.

    Cheers,

    Lyric
    http://www.sewcroandquilt.wordpress.com

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  17. gorgeous! yours is so much cuter than the modcloth dress & i love the crinoline!

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  18. It's fabulous and I'm jealous. I'm not ready to spend the time I need to fit this yet, since I haven't gone back to my pre-baby body -and that wasn't anything to write home about, lol!. I'm definitely putting this on my to-do list, though.

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  19. I literally just cut this pattern out!, I'll keep in mind of your changes, I'm only 5'4 and generally cut out a size 14 as well. I plan on getting a polka dot skirt and doing a completely white top with piping or flat bias where the bodice cups and halter meet with left over skirt fabric and put some bra cups in as well, and i love boning so probably some of that now! I'm glad it was easy for you to put together its an adorable dress.

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  20. You look so put together - just like the ladies of the 40's. Your tatoos are just as impressive as your outfit! I'm a plus size petite and I visit your blog to daydream about what a pattern could look like if I just knew how to make the changes. I love how structured this dress is and I would love the opportunity to turn it inside out, just to see how it's done :)

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  21. It's a good thing you had a crinoline under your skirt; sure saved you from a wardrobe malfunction!

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  22. Wow! The dress is fab and you look amazing on stage :-)

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  23. Wish I could have seen you perform! Does anyone in your audiences recognize you as blogger "Gertie"?

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  24. The skirt part of that dress is fantastic - and it really suits you!

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  25. So spots are "in" this summer (or polka dots.) I nearly bought some cotton like that recently.
    Gertie you are a talented gal!

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  26. What a gorgeous dress! You are so talented to have made it yourself! I really want to learn how to sew my own clothes too. What do you recommend as a beginner? Are there any good books? How did you learn?

    Melissa x

    Vintage fashion and lifestyle blog, Vintage Tea Roses

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  27. I just got this pattern recently too! I love it very much, and I am even more excited about making since seeing yours. It's fantastic. I'm so glad you made it first so you could give us the extra little tips. Thank you.

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Thanks for your comments; I read each and every one! xo Gertie

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