Pattern Description: Butterick 6388 (c 2016). From back: “Tops and dress have side front seams, shaped collar, and back yoke.” I made view D, with long sleeves, omitting the pockets after reading other reviews.
Fabric: Luxe navy french terry in cotton (sold out) from Marcy Tilton.
Pattern Sizing: Size Y XS, S, M. I liked the fit of the small in the sweater I made previously, but knew I would need to add for waist/hips/thighs to preserve proportions. I made a size small, grading to a medium at the waist through to the hem.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, mostly, but longer.
Instructions? fine, I think. Didn’t really follow them this time, except for the order of construction.
What do you like or dislike about the pattern? Clean lines, simple. A basic to accessorize. I used a lovely blue/violet silk scarf the first time, though I felt a little like a flight attendant.
Pattern alterations or design changes? Increased the size to roughly a size 14 through hips/thighs. One of the things I didn’t do on the sweater was an adjustment for my long waist. I always tug at the hem. Since I wanted to maintain proportions, I added 2 inches at the waist fitting line. I also added 1 inch to the hem to make this dress a bit longer (about 1-2 inches above the knee, all told). While I top-stitched the front side seams, I got the ripple effect, even with a walking foot. As a result, I hand hemmed the sleeves and dress.
Would you sew again? Recommend? Sure. This is my second take, though, so probably not for a while.
Conclusions? A lovely dress that looks much better on. I felt amazing, professional and pretty in this simple dress. If you maintain the proportions, it accentuates the figure. I’m not as busty as the dress form, so I don’t get the pulling; adding the width to the lower half kept it from riding over the buttocks to pool in the lower back. It’s plain, so it needs accessories. It has a very different feel in the soft french cotton terry – very luxurious and dressy – than the wool doubleknit. That having been said, the collar needs interfacing in the terry to stand up. And, yes, photos on the dress form are after being worn (and tossed in the closet after a long day at work). I’d love to get photos with me in the garments, but then I’d never get the blog posts done…