Butterick Sewing Pattern 6872- a lightweight, summer dress pattern with flounce sleeves and a full, gathered skirt.
Embracing the carefree spirit of summer, this dress promises a perfect blend of comfort and style.
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Butterick Sewing Pattern 6872
This sewing pattern recommended Challis, Crepe, Double Georgette, Cotton Blends, or Lightweight Linen fabric. I used this poly/cotton blend from Fabric Wholesale Direct.
This high waist dress has a square neckline with tucks and sleeve variations, and a gathered full skirt has flounced hem options. I chose to make variation “A” which has a flounce sleeve and a below-knee hem. The dress has a 20 inch invisible zipper in the back.
I bought this pattern online and I didn’t read it carefully. I assumed the bodice was lined and I was disappointed to find out that it wasn’t. The fabric I chose was slightly sheer so I wanted the extra coverage of a lining so I made my own. Since I changed the bodice pattern, the flounce sleeves were tricker to add.
The skirt was very easy to sew. The bottom flounce was made of 3 separate pieces. When sewn to the skirt there are extra seams that don’t line up with the side seams. This is a minor issue, but it always bothers me when seams don’t line up. Fortunately, it’s not too noticeable because the skirt is so full.
Tips for Sewing Women’s Dresses
- Choose the Right Pattern: Select a dress pattern that matches your skill level and desired style. Beginners should start with simpler patterns and gradually progress to more complex designs as they gain confidence.
- Pre-wash and Iron the Fabric: Always pre-wash and iron your fabric before cutting to prevent shrinkage and ensure accurate measurements.
- Take Accurate Measurements: Proper fitting is crucial for a well-made dress. Take accurate body measurements and choose the pattern size that corresponds to your measurements. Adjust the pattern if needed to achieve a custom fit.
- Practice with Muslin: If you’re uncertain about the fit or design, consider making a test version of the dress with inexpensive muslin fabric. This allows you to refine the fit and make any necessary adjustments before cutting into your main fabric.
- Invest in Quality Sewing Tools: Good-quality sewing tools, such as sharp scissors, pins, and a reliable sewing machine, can make a significant difference in the sewing process and final outcome.
- Press as You Go: Press your seams and darts as you sew to achieve a professional finish. Proper pressing helps the garment lie flat and gives it a polished look.
- Finish Seams: Use appropriate seam finishes to prevent fraying and ensure the dress’s durability. Options include serging, zig-zag stitching, or using French seams.
- Choose the Right Fabric: Select fabrics that suit the dress pattern and style. Different fabrics drape and behave differently, so consider the garment’s design and purpose when choosing the fabric.
- Test Stitch Length and Tension: Before sewing your dress, test different stitch lengths and tensions on a fabric scrap to ensure you have the best settings for your chosen fabric.
- Practice Hemming Techniques: Hems can be tricky, especially if your fabric is slippery or lightweight. Practice hemming techniques on scrap fabric to perfect your skills before working on the actual dress.
- Be Patient and Persistent: Sewing takes time and practice. Don’t be discouraged by mistakes; instead, view them as learning opportunities to improve your sewing skills.
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