Butterick 6213, View B
What size did you make?
I cut a 20 at the shoulders, grading out to a 22 at the bust, waist, and hips.
What are your measurements, height, and body type?
What adjustments did you make and how long did they take?
I wanted a plain knit dress with no embellishments, so I omitted the buttons/zipper on the right side by folding the center piece down the middle and cutting the “plain” side on the fold. That made assembly a snap – 2 hours max (after cutting the pattern and fabric).
What was the construction process like? Did the instructions make sense to you?
Like most of the Big 4 patterns, the instructions are pretty straightforward, but miss some of the extras (diagrams, sewalongs, and other more explicit step-by-step hand holding) that I like from the indie pattern houses. The one problem I had with construction is the sleeves – the bottom seams don’t line up and I didn’t realize that until I had already sewn on one of the sleeves (which was then terrible skewed). Thankfully, I had some extra room so just trimmed the seam and resewed it on. Just make sure you match your notches and you should be fine.
How do you like the pattern’s fit? Do you think the design works well for your particular body shape?
This is hands-down the most comfortable dress I own. It is very flattering for a pear shape (very forgiving in the butt/hip area), but does accentuate the bust. So if you are boobtastic like me, you’ll want to think about how the bust seams may make you look even more generous. (I found that an artfully placed scarf took this dress from “pretty nice” to “I will never take this off.” Plus, the pockets are AMAZING.
Will you make the pattern again? If so, what fit or design changes will you make?
In the final fitting stages, I ended up taking in about 2 inches on each side to create a closer fitting silhouette. I might reduce that to 1 inch on each side in the future, since I have a little pulling across my butt and an unflattering underwear/tights line at my belly if I don’t stand up straight.
I can’t wait to make more – I can see this being an amazing winter dress in a thicker ponte, or maybe even a stretch tartan (although the idea of matching plaid on those pocket pieces makes my eyes cross). And next time I will make the full-length sleeves. (I only omitted them this time because I didn’t have enough fabric.)
Do you have any advice on this pattern for other curvy sewers? Are there any resources (blog posts, fitting books, tutorials) that helped you sew this piece up?
You can comfortably size down (1 size) when cutting this pattern. You’ll likely find that you can take out some additional ease once the pieces go together, but I suggest that you wait until most of the construction is done, just in case!
Pattern Rating System:
Size Range (1-5): 4
Instructions (1-5): 4
Construction Process (1-5): 4
Final Fit (1-5): 4
Overall Rating (1-5): 4
This dress is a definite keeper, and something that you can dress up or down and adjust for seasonal temperature fluctuations based on fabric choice. I can see myself making more of these down the road, and with some tweaking for a perfect fit this could be a 5!
And here’s a gratuitous kitty outtake from my photoshoot!