In the sewing community, October is also known as Frocktober, thanks to The Monthly Stitch, who hosts a month-long sew-a-thon of dresses. My entry this month is Butterick 6163. I wanted to make a dress that could transition with me from summer to fall and that I could wear to work. For those of you who have read about my fabric hauls in the past, you probably have noticed that I do not buy many solids. I love colorful prints. But I wanted this dress to be made in a solid color so I headed over to Joann’s. I found this pretty olive microsuede fabric. The fabric and notions totaled $34. To learn more about this budget-friendly dress, read on.
I made View B. I decided not to make a muslin but instead to just forge ahead. I’ve gotten pretty good lately at cutting out my correct size. The trick is to pay particular attention to the finished garment measurements printed on the pattern pieces themselves. Also, don’t be afraid to “blend” the pattern lines when cutting out. For example, I’m a size 6 at the bust but a size 12 at the waist. Therefore, I did not cut my bodice a straight “6”. Instead, I widened out when I reached the waistline to the 12. I also widened out the to the 14 at the hips. Doing so, I ended up with a fairly spot-on fit with my finished dress. The only fit issue I’ve run into, which I’d love to hear your advice, has to do with the sleeves. Since I’m small at the bust, the armholes on the pattern are small, too. Thus, my sleeves end up being too tight and constricting, as you can see in this photo.
How should I be cutting out my sleeves and the armholes on the bodice to remedy this issue? It drives me nuts how it causes the fabric to pull across my chest like that. If you can point me toward any online resources or good books on how to correct fit issues, I’d be very grateful!
My closet does not have much in the color green. It’s not usually a color I graviate toward, but after making this olive colored dress I’m starting to appreciate the color green. Also, I’ve been listening to Gone with the Wind on audiobook as I sew and the color green comes up a lot. Scarlett O’Hara has pretty green eyes and she loves the color green because they accentuate her eyes.
With the story in mind as I was shopping at Joann’s I’m not at all surprised I went with an olive colored fabric even though it was an unlikely choice for me otherwise.
The directions on this dress call for a centered zip. On my fabric, the topstitching resulted in a lot of puckering. I decided to take out my zipper and replace it with an invisible zip. This resulted in a much cleaner zipper finish. If something doesn’t look right, don’t be afraid to undo it and try something else. The directions also call for you to make a thread loop and button in the back. That seemed like too much trouble for me so I went with a hook and eye instead.
The dress and skirt overlay are lined with a no-frills apparel lining from Joann’s in a champagne color.
I love how this dress ended up with a sort of vintage quality even though that was not my intent. The color of the fabric compliments the fall leaves that have fallen in the yard.
Even my nails match my new dress in a vintage floral nail wrap!
Have you heard of Jamberry before? My friend Rachel is a consultant and she recently introduced me to these fun nail wraps. We had a brunch party at my house and my friends and I tried out some of the new products.
It’s a fun alternative to a traditional manicure at an expensive salon.
The Jamberry nail wraps can easily be applied at home and each sheet is only $15, way more economical than a salon manicure. Each sheet contains enough wraps for two manicures and two pedicures. Don’t live your life with boring nails anymore!
Anyway, I’m looking forward to seeing your dresses over at The Monthly Stitch and I’d love to hear your feedback regarding my fit issue described above. Also, I’d love to know how you felt about Gone with the Wind! I’m so freaking hooked right now. But 77 chapters? I’m only on chapter 18 so it’s going to be awhile before I’m finished. But I’m totally nuts for Scarlett O’Hara. She’s such a hilarious character.