Monday, March 22, 2010

Scrap, Scrap, Scrapping Along and Pattern Review -- Butterick 5001

 I'm just loving the Scrap along that Adrienne started. Here's two layouts that I did last week. The wedding scrapbook is really coming along. I'm still just a beginner but what can I say...I've got skills!


And without further ado...Butterick 5001

Pattern Description:
Flared, pullover dress, falls 3" below mid-knee, has mock wrapped bodice with or white sleeves.
Pattern Sizing:
18W-32W. I cut out the 18W at the shoulder height and 24W everywhere else and sewed 1" seams. As I look at the pattern pieces that equates to a size 20W.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
I think so. What do you think?

Were the instructions easy to follow?
The instructions were so easy, even a caveman could understand them...LOL
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I like that it is a mock wrap that requires less fabric but still has the look of a wrap, that it has few pieces, that no cleveage is showing and that I look FAB in it. I also love love 3/4 length sleeves. For warmer weather I can push them up and for cooler weather I can leave them down essentially getting more wear out of. Only dislike is the short bodice but that is easily remedied.
Fabric Used:
Matte Jersey X 3. Two of the fabrics I stalked at Walmart the other came from JoAnns
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I didn't have to make an FBA but I did take about 2 1/2" away from the right front. During tissue fitting I could tell the pattern was going to gap and show lots of cleavage.

What bust cup size are Women's patterns drafted for anyway? Beware that the bodice on this is SHORT. I added 1" to the bodice but probably could have added 2". I added 3" to the skirt length. There is way too much sleeve cap ease for a knit dress. I cut the size 18 sleeve and it was still too much. Make it easy on yourself and take it out. I constructed these dresses differently than the instructions. I assembled the shoulder seams and then added the lower back skirt. Next I sewed the skirt front to the bodice. That left me the opportunity to pin-fit the side seams. The sleeves were added last as I prefer to attach sleeves in the round.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Hey I made three of these one right after the other. Only takes about an hour to sew once you iron out any fit issues. Your darn skippy I'll make it again and advise any plus size women to snap this pattern up ASAP
I'm in love...I'm all shook up over this pattern.


  1. The dresses look great. I find that most faux wrap dress bodices are too short even for my short torso.

  2. You are A-MA-ZING!!! 3 dresses? Wow! And they do look fabulous on you. Love your scrap pages!

  3. Beautiful on you!! I'm so jealous that your Walmart had Matte Jersey!! I'm lucky to find decent quilting cotton at mine.

  4. The interesting thing about this dress is that it looks completely different in each version. I am adding this to my pattern stash. I also wrote down your adjustment suggestions - so thanks for the great review!

  5. You are working it in those photos!! You look amazing! I love the laughing picture. I desperately need to scrapbook for 2 of my grands. I've done the first year of the oldest 3, but I haven't started the ones for the 2 1/2 and the 21 mo. old and with another on the way, I am behind!!!!!

  6. Your dresses turned out pretty and I don't blame you for making multiples!!! You definitely got your money's worth on this pattern:)

  7. Wow, you are really dressing up. Each one looks great on you!

  8. Great dresses and scrapbook layouts!

  9. way to go!. I also find when I like a pattern, I tend to make it again and again♥

  10. Your fabric choices are great, perfect for this dress. I also don't like showing cleavage, so would definitely have taken the front in a bit for myself.
    Very pretty.

  11. WOW! I didn't know you were doing the scrap-a-long with us. *waves* heyyy fellow scrapper! lol
    You are doing great for a new scrapper. And I can't wait till my sewing skills increase. I'm going to be just like you when I grow up (in sewing) lol
    Great work!