September 8, 2014

Former UFO: Animal Graphic Print Butterick 5916

Instragram is grand for holding me accountable for my UFOs. I posted a WIP pic of this dress 15 weeks ago! The dress had been packed away without a zipper or sleeves constructed  until I was Instragram scrolling and remembered the project. Which in turn led to an unfortunate mystery box of UFOs, I will finish them all... 
Fabric: Crepe de chine (acquired from Hancock Fabrics last year). For this pattern, Butterick 5916, I needed keep the light drape of the fabric for the bouncy peplum and bodice gathers but I also wanted a full lining my solution was to line the dress in a solid grey poly pebble crepe (acquired from Joann Fabrics). The crepe is quite sheer on its own but perfect for lining it has similar weight and drape as the fashion fabric.
Inner Garment View: 
In order to create a smooth lined neckline I made up my own construction steps.
All pieces that joined to form the neckline (bodice back, yoke and bodice front) were first stitched RST to the coordinating lining piece at the neckline seam. Then the SA was trimmed, turned and under-stitched. 
Next the gathering was completed on the upper bodice front and the shoulder was completed on the bodice back. Finally the yoke was stitched to join the front and back enclosing all the neckline seam allowances. 
For an additional construction adaption I also lined my peplum. This allowed me to enclose the SA and also eliminated any visible stitching lines on the garment exterior. 
Pattern alterations: shorten torso, broad back, square shoulder, sway back, and shortened skirt length. 
I have been on a print fabric theme maybe I should add some solids to my fall sewing que or I could actually finish more UFOs?! As I have committed to The Anti-UFO Project from the lovely Adrienne of the blog All Style & All Substance.

UFOs be damned by October 31st


  1. This dress is super! I love the print. I have this pattern too, so thank you for the details of how you did the clean finishing on the bodice and peplum lining.

  2. Beautiful dress, I am so happy you finished it. Just looks fantastic on you.

  3. Looks gorgeous, so good that you finished it! That print was too good for UFO land. Good luck banishing UFOs :)

  4. This is gorgeous! I love the peplum -- very flattering.

  5. This was definitely worth finishing! Wow! I've been taking a look back on all your past projects and I'm loving every single one of your pieces. Very inspiring!!

  6. Stunning! You took animal print to a new level!


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