Tuesday, November 17, 2015

B6284 in Jacks Print Sateen


My quest to make something in each and every one of my fall fabrics continues! This time it's my new dress pattern B6284 in black and white jacks print sateen.

First, a little about the dress. I really wanted to design something that was meant for a variety of occasions, and could be dressed up or down with different fabrics. Sleeves were important, since this is an everyday winter dress. 



There are gathered front darts, which provides some visual interest and can also be very flattering. 


Plus underarm gussets so the kimono sleeves have a nice close fit. Here's a tutorial on this type of gusset. You can use organza or scrap fabric to stabilize the point of the gusset.






There's a back lapped zipper.



The skirt has six gathered sections and is slightly flared. I'm wearing a chiffon petticoat underneath for a little fullness.


I made a size 12 but ended up taking it in, so I will probably make a 10 next time. Even though I design these patterns and the original sample garment, I still sometimes have to make adjustments to the final published pattern. There's some editing that's done in between stages which means the commercial pattern is a little different from the original paper pattern I sent in to Butterick.

The fabric is an apparel sateen that's easy to sew but has a nice drape. I punched it up with some pink suede heels and a little pink brooch.


And a pink faux fur stole, just because. 



Oh! A second pair of new glasses. These are Kate Spade and I got them at BJs for a good deal. 


Next up in the fall fabric frenzy: the B6285 box pleat skirt in this grey floral sateen. And of course the wrap top sew-along


18 comments:

  1. The dress is a classic and it fits you so well. The jacks print was made for this pattern. When I took a dressmaking class many years ago, I learned that kimono sleeves need gussets, otherwise the underarm seam will pull out. Your pink shoes, brooch, and stole really set the dress off. I often wear contrasting shoes to set off an outfit, and I love pink shoes, although I don't have any at the moment.

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    1. Thank you, Cynthia! I love bright shoes too. :)

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  2. I love everything about these new fabrics! (And the patterns ain bad either ;-) Such nice lines and classic grace, I am following along and want to prettttty much duplicate every garment you are making. I think these are perfect for Thanksgiving and upcoming parties, thank you for the inspiration and pretty new stuff!

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  3. Why does this dress look better on you than the dress on the butterick website? A closer fit? The chiffon petticoat? Better fabric choice? The smaller print fits better in the style lines of the dress?

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    1. That is a difficult question to answer. The fit is pretty much the same and I was wearing a petticoat in both. I feel like maybe the pose on the others added some horizontal width to the photo, giving a heavy effect. Of course, black is also slimming so the color could help here. I don't know, it's hard to be objective when you're the model!

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  5. Oh, the fabric choice here is so much more attractive than the Butterick sample! Love it.

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    1. Edited to add: I like the pattern and both fabrics but this one looks like a better combination. :)

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    2. It looks so different in the two fabrics, right? That's why I was so excited to make it in a second fabric, to show the possibilities. I'd love to make it in a rayon challis next. :)

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  6. This is right up my street! A frock that makes a well dressed statement!
    Lovely fabric.

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  7. You look so lovely and feminine! I haven't dropped by th blog in a while and I LOVE your hair. The dress style with the slim sleeves and the full skirt just suits you. Perfect!

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    1. Thank you so much! That's so sweet!

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  8. Amazing dress. I like this fashion. You look beautiful

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  9. OK. So I just 'swang' by to recall the name of that lovely designer you blogged about (Susanne Bisovsky) only to see this! I'm in love with those gathered front darts! Do I have enough patterns? Obviously not!! x

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  10. Love the dress, Gertie! I have pre-ordered your next book and am excitedly waiting until spring. I want to make this dress for a house dress and was wondering about the flexibility of the pattern for doing house work in. Or is it better for a dress just to be pretty in?
    Thanks

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  11. Hi Gertie, I was wondering if it would be appropriate to put boning in this dress? It's a technique I'm keen to try and a pattern I'm keen to try, and id like to know if I can combine the two!
    I also don't remember if you have tips for adding boning to patterns that don't include it?

    Thanks!

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  12. You probably don't need anyone glasses since you just bought two, but... BonLook's deal today is 30% cateye glasses, so, I thought I'd let you know just in case :).

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

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