anthropologie Gathered Hemlock Dress
I looked at several dress patterns to try and figure out how I would make a close replica, but about that time Butterick came out with B5674. As soon as I saw it, I knew it was the perfect pattern.
The bodice is different than the original dress, but the wrap skirt is almost dead on. The pattern is rated as "Easy", but I disagree. There are several twists and turns in lining the bodice that I think should give it an "Average" rating. All in all, the pattern was easy enough if you are experienced in sewing. I cut one size smaller than I usually do, because the pattern is for "moderate knits" and my fabric is very stretchy. I was a little nervous since I did not make a muslin and I was working with more expensive fabric than I usually work with, but it turned out well. WHEW!!! I followed the instructions exactly without making any alterations. I have only ever muslined a knit dress once because I am not sure how to do it other than buying double the amount of fabric I am going to use. With a woven, I just use some cheap broadcloth or linen from my stash. Readers, how do you muslin knit dresses? I would love to know because I know my luck with them is going to eventually run out. Here is the finished product.
outfit for work
Cardigan: Old Navy
Belt: Old Navy
Shoes: Anthropologie (Anniversary Gift)