October 12, 2013

Pinstripe Denim Fit and Flare Dress with Decorative Stitching - Butterick 5745

Pattern: Butterick 5745
My Frocktober dress started as a doodle on the pattern envelope garment renderings. In my many years of collecting vintage patterns I ran across many notes and names and other useful info about the pattern and on a very rare occasion I have found additional drawings of the intended outcome of the garment. I always wondered how those doodles came about. I have altered and amended many patterns and never doodled on the envelope till this project. Without rhyme or reason I just pulled out the pattern and just started my doodle then I executed it, it was a different method but I might just start implementing it regularly.
My fabric is a mid weight stretch denim with white pinstripes. I chose this pattern because I could adjust the grain lines of  the pattern pieces to create visual interest in the fabric.
I cut the bodice sides and center back on the bias to create a chevron effect. The added sleeve bands were also cut on the bias.

a ribbon tie was added across the upper back for additional interest
To add to the detailing I chose decorative thick zigzag stitching in lieu of basic top stitching as directed by the pattern. 

 Do you doodle on pattern envelopes too? Have you ever came across a pre-loved pattern envelope with garment modifications?  


  1. This looks fabulous. I love your decorative top sritching. I may have to try some soon.

  2. This is beautiful! You should doodle more often because you turned your vision into an awesome dress!

    1. Thank you so much Carolyn, I will have to keep on doodling!

  3. Your dress is great, I love the effect of a simple zig zag stitch as a top stitch.

  4. Okay, this is just too cute. The pattern is sweet, and I love the top-stitching. Great work! Such a perfect dress for fall! =D

    1. Thank you for your kind words. I am so happy to find your blog too!

  5. This is gorgeous! And thankyou for posting it! I have this pattern too, and I love seeing different ways of using them


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