Narwhals… Causing a commotion :-/

Hi!

Today I want to post about Butterick 5919.  It is a 50’s era – to me – dress, with front and back bodice gathers and a fun peek-a-boo back.  There was supposed to be a bow in the back, but I only had 2 yds of  fabric and I didn’t find it necessary to have a huge bow at my bum.


While this dress was fairly simple to sew, I must have been incredibly distracted, because after reading the instructions about 10 times, I STILL managed to sew parts of the lining wrong -_-.  I realized my errors and sewed the fabric correctly.  Even after all that, the dress was surprisingly not as complicated as it looked.

It is sewn in a pink cotton narwhal print fabric that I think is just adorable!  The dress is fully lined in a white cotton fabric.

 

Initially, I was nervous of the front gathers not gathering enough, but it was the back that did it for me.  I did not have time to go get a button that was small enough for the back, so I used a broach to close it. I have a very narrow back, so the part under the “peek-a-boo” section was gaping.  That can be easily fixed by adding darts the next time I make this dress.  Also, this dress will not work with a regular bra, unless it is drafted to be higher before you cut.  On me, a regular bra sat right above the peek-a-boo.

See my review here!

-Z

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