You know how it goes. One minute you’re soaring on cloud 9 with your sewing machine, totally into your current project and taking such great care to make sure it comes out as you had hoped. Then, once you’re well into it, you notice some things have gone awry. “No worries, I’ll just tweak it a bit here and there!” you think to yourself. “That should do it!”
Then you’re almost finished, everything is looking immaculate and you put it on for one last fitting. Oh no. All of your hopes and dreams have been crushed by a pattern that started out way too big and no amount of tweaking and taking in can help. You shrug and finish the project anyway, determined to at least finish something even if it’s a huge disappointment.
That’s the story of my time with Butterick 5601. It’s such an easy dress AND so cute…
…but my failure started with choosing the wrong size. According to the charts, I fell between a size 12 and 14. The pattern doesn’t have those two sizes in the same package. So, erring on the side of caution (and defeat… I’ll probably gain weight rather than lose it), I went with the larger sizing, 14+.
It wasn’t a problem with the badunkadunk, it was everything else.
I cut the size 14 and graded to a 16 at the hip. I added 2 1/2″ to the hem, thinking I could pull this off at work. The side seams were taken in 3/4″ each and another 1 3/4″ was taken in at the zipper, which caused all kinds of weird bunching. If I didn’t take in that much at the zipper, it would have been all loose and floppy around the chest and back. Sigh.
Not to mention I had to sew the button closure wayyyyy over from where it’s supposed to be. The points are supposed to barely be touching at the top, but I have a good few inches of overlap. That only helps a little with back yoke sagginess.
I even took the care to line the whole dress!
And just look at that awesome zipper job!
Although I am bummed about wasting all of that lining fabric, I’m not so sad about losing the shell fabric. Don’t get me wrong… I absolutely love the print, but I have a ton left and it was about $1.50/yard at a store closing sale. It’s a quilting cotton but it feels like it’s decent quality. Maybe I can make a third Cambie out of the rest… hmmmm…
Come to think of it, the pictures don’t make the dress look devastatingly bad, but believe me it looks a lot worse in real life. Maybe I can get away with wearing a blazer over it? But then it defeats the whole cute back yoke purpose. Arrrghh!!
I’ll leave you with some out-takes showing my wide range of emotions of varying disappointment:
Tell me, have you made any busts lately? Aren’t they a bummer?!