I finally fished it! If you read my blog regularly you will know I spoke about procrastination and how hard it was for me to push through and make this particular dress. However I wanted to wear it for a special event this past weekend and decided to give myself one last push. This was the result:
Over all I do like the dress, the main thing that drew me to it where the collar and sleeves:
If you notice my sleeve does not stand as up right as the photo, I think this is due to not using a stiff enough interfacing for the cuffs. Although I did use the interfacing recommended, I had to tack the sleeves in place so that they would not droop downward as I moved my arms:
Here is a view of the side:
From the side, you will see the pattern is design so that the front waist sits higher then the back. giving the look of an empire waist in front yet a mid waist dress from behind.
Had I notice this feature I would have been a little more hesitant to make it, seeing this look does not necessarily flatter my particular body shape. Don't get me wrong I will continue to wear it ;-)
I also I noticed it shows the difference in weight by a little as 5 lbs. Losing just that much weight caused the dress to look unfitted on my frame. See below:
5 lbs before
after the 5lbs loss
My overall impression of Butterick 6018 is:
1. Easy sew for Intermediate sewers, if you are an Advanced Beginner just take your time and follow the steps you should be fine.
2. If your waist is your tricky spot I would make a muslin first to see any adjustments you may have to make.
3. Use a coat weight interfacing for the sleeves, or interface all 8 of the cuff pieces with dress weight interfacing (instead of just 4) to give the sleeves a stiffer appearance.
4. Think of adding side ties if you find it hard to get the waist just right.
So let me know what you think, and if you have any suggestions for the sleeves and or waist put them in the comment section below.