I am getting to the last of my winter sewing now. I bought this soft viscose lycra knit earlier this year and had a hard choice with what to do with it - there were a few patterns I wanted to resew but I finally chose Butterick 5523 . I sewed this a few years ago using an animal print and loved the result but the fabric was not really my thing .
This dress is really comfy . I wore it to work today and it felt like I was wearing nothing !
It is also very easy to sew - in fact the hardest thing about this dress was taking the photos using the self timer . I had returned home from work and wanted to take photos before I ate lunch - a sure fire recipe for disaster with me - eating and wearing my work clothes - guaranteed stains and slops . I took heaps of photos and this is the best one and only because I have the top 1/2 of my cute little dog in it ( Don`t be fooled by his appearance though - he`s a little ratbag but I love him ) .
|tried to show a closer up shot of the pleats and fabric.|
Back to the sewing - as I said it is a very easy pattern - a draped collar , fitted above waist bodice with pleats in the front and back skirt and small pleats in the sleeves where they meet the shoulder seams.
I did make a few changes with this pattern - I raised the neckline by 3cm , lengthened the sleeves by several cms so they would be full length and also lengthened the skirt ( but I could probably shorten it again ) .
The end result is the my kind of clothing - comfortable and relaxed but I think smart enough for my work. Anyway I am now in the home stretch for sewing my winter jacket and then I am dreaming about sewing an easy bright cheerful summer tunic .
PS - I saw this same fabric available on the knitwit website .