Monday, December 28, 2015

Butterick 6244 - Graphic print dress

It's been a few years since I made myself a new "Christmas" dress. This one qualifies with even a couple of hours to spare.

Butterick 6244

This is Butterick 6244. Most of the people that have used/reviewed this pattern have made the coat. I really liked the dress even though it is hard to see any details in the pattern photo. (I wish there was a way to just scroll through tech drawings on pattern sites). I liked the high neck, princess seams, and gentle A-line of the skirt.

Butterick 6244

The fabric is a black/ivory ponte knit that I bought online more than a year ago. I was a little disappointed that the ivory part wasn't brighter, but thought I could make it work for winter rather than summer. The print is a bit bolder than I usually wear (okay, any print at all is more print than I usually wear).

The pattern calls for woven fabrics, so I sized down for the muslin and then took it in a bit more all around before cutting the real thing. I also raised the bottom of the armholes. They seemed rather low to me. Perhaps I should have just gone down another size overall.

I liked the suggestion of using faux leather for the contrast pieces and used leftovers from these pants. It was very easy to sew and a good match in weight and stretch for the ponte. It adds just a bit of edge and texture.  I increased the length of the sleeves to elbow length. Long sleeves would be warmer, but I thought that would just be too much of the print.

Butterick 6244

Overall, I'm very happy with this dress and the process of making it. I was drawn to the high neck, even though in reality I don't think it is the most flattering on me. In winter, it feels better to be more covered up. The skirt has the ideal amount of flare. It was easy to fit and is well-drafted. The instructions are solid. The only thing I would like to change is the front yoke. To me it seems like it should either be wider so that it wraps around to the back shoulder, or be moved to the top of the shoulder, something like an epaulet.

Generally, my sewing is very practical and I only make things for myself that I know I'll wear regularly. This means that I haven't made many dresses for me in the last couple of years. I did really enjoy this and will be looking to make more in the coming year!