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Butterick #6446 – Blue Gingham Dress

After a summer of sewing for other people and for our new home, I decided it was time to make a dress for myself.  I love gingham and I thought that Butterick B6446, a dress with a large sash tied in a bow in the front, would be the perfect match for this lovely light blue gingham fabric that I bought recently at the Fabric Outlet in San Francisco.

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I made view B.   I made a muslin first and I am really glad I did because I made some enhancements to the fit.  I shortened the left panel of the bodice, lengthened the bodice and added curve to the bodice sides.  The muslin dress ensured fit before I cut the gingham and began construction.  The result is a dress that fits me really well and is very comfortable.   An added bonus to making a muslin is that I now I have fabric pattern pieces that I can use to make this dress again and they will hold up well for years. Making the muslin took time and thankfully I really enjoyed the process and the end result.

I lined the entire dress with a white cotton, also from the Fabric Outlet.  I followed the instructions to line the bodice.  This skirt is unlined, however it seemed odd to line just the bodice and not the skirt.  So I matched the pattern for the skirt lining exactly to that for gingham skirt.  Other sewists used the skirt pattern for view A (no pleats in the skirt of this version) to cut the skirt lining.  I may try this when I make this dress again.  In order to perfectly match the gingham at back zipper, I sewed in the zipper in by hand using a prickstitch.

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At the same time that I was making this dress, I bought a new camera!   Thanks to Gillian of  Crafting a Rainbow I learned that some sewing bloggers actually take their own pictures!   I don’t know why this was such an “ah ha” moment for me, but it was.  So I decided one day to play around with the camera and take a few pictures of my new dress.  Gillian has tons of great information on photography for sewists.  Visit her blog posts on photography at Better Pictures Project.

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It was a beautiful day yesterday, perfect for visiting a local park.

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This is a great dress pattern and one I will definitely make again.  But now it is time to focus on my next project.

Thank you for visiting my blog!

 

7 thoughts on “Butterick #6446 – Blue Gingham Dress

  1. I’m so happy you enjoyed the Better Pictures Project! It really helped me figure out how to enjoy taking pictures, and I’m glad it helped you too! 🙂

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  2. Hi Caitlyn – thank you so much for visiting my blog and for your kind words! Susan Khalje has a great class on Craftsy on Sewing the Couture Dress which details all aspects of making a dress. I used her method for making a muslin, and I highly recommend her method because you get muslin pattern pieces at the end, plus a well-fitting garment. I’ve also used Melissa Watson’s (McCall’s Palmer Pletsch) tissue-fitting method with good results, but with this method you make changes to the paper pattern. The paper pattern has a limited useful lifetime. I hope this helps! Thanks again for visiting!

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  3. Wow! What a beautiful dress and terrific fit! I really enjoyed your pictures and the information on putting your zipper in by hand so that your plaid matched-up perfectly! Great article!

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