Ah, dresses! I can never get enough of them! I wear a dress most every day and find them to be the easiest article of clothing to wear. You don’t have to match this and that like you do with separates — it’s just put it on and go! Plus, a dress tends to make you look more chic when you’re in a sea of gals dressed in jeans and yoga pants. And ya know what? You’re probably more comfortable wearing your dress than they are in their comfy casuals!
Two of my favorite dress patterns are Simplicity 2444 and Butterick 5982. I had considered writing separate posts for each one, but they are very similar patterns and I’ve traded one for the other, so I figured that I’d combine posts.Before I started blogging my me-mades I was a reader of sewing blogs. I was perusing blogs one day and saw a post about Simplicity 2444 and all of the different ways that this blogger had sewn it. My thoughts were how cute her dresses were and how I loved the retro vibe. I looked up the pattern and noticed it was one I had in my stash but had never made it and so began my love affair with Simplicity 2444.
These are my first versions of 2444. I graded this pattern up to about a Simplicity size 26. The first one I made was in eggplant linen in the basic sleeveless version, paired here with a cotton blend cardi. I sewed it up before a trip to New York and loved how fast and easy it was. I couldn’t wait to make another one! My next version with the 3/4 sleeves was a winter one in a midnight blue silk faille. I lined that one as it was a cold weather dress and wore it to a winter banquet in San Francisco, adding a self fabric belt with a rhinestone buckle and paired it with a fuchsia cashmere cardigan. My next one was crafted of a pink/purple plaid silk dupioni and also has a self fabric belt but with a plain buckle.
This version is a pewter silk taffeta (oh how it wrinkles!!!) with the collar and a self fabric belt that I made to wear to a wedding in New Mexico last year. This one is lined with grey china silk and paired with a me-made cardi (Simplicity 2154) which is now my go-to cardigan pattern.
My last version of 2444 was this red floral rayon challis dress lined with black cotton batiste. After I made this dress I thought perhaps I should start using some other patterns as I didn’t want to get too fixated on this one, so I decided to “retire” it, for no other reason than that there were so many other patterns out there to try!Then of course I found Butterick 5982…. This pattern is similar in shape and style to Simplicity 2444, but has some differences. The bodice has princess seams with two darts rather than four darts. The skirt is pleated and gathered and has one full piece for the front skirt rather than two for Simplicity 2444. I was not impressed by the photos on the pattern envelope (nor do I think that many others are as this is not a popular pattern on Pattern Review), but I could see by the line drawings that it was going to be a great dress and it certainly turned out to be.
My first Butterick 5982 was this red linen version. I didn’t make a muslin and it turned out exactly as I wanted it to be! This is graded up to about a Butterick size 26.
My next one is this mint eyelet underlined with white cotton batiste. This pattern works very well for a fabric with a scalloped edge such as this, a border print or a printed panel.
My most recent version of Butterick 5982 is this one in navy cotton sateen. I went with the super sweet bow belt for this one and it’s definitely a great basic dress. I’m looking forward to making some more versions of this pattern. I especially cannot wait to make version B using some gradient and contrasting colors.
Whilst writing this post, it sure is interesting to see my photographic progression. Good photos really make a difference when showing off your garments! I don’t know about you, but I’m hankering to make another dress! There always seems to be more things to sew than time, but I think another Butterick 5982 needs to move up on my sewing list!
TNT Pattern Details:
Sizing: Simplicity 2444 — 4-20; Butterick 5982 — 8-24
My measurements: 48-41-52
What size did you make? I graded each of these patterns up to about a size 26
What adjustments did you make? Graded the pattern and removed darts from the back bodice on each pattern. I’ve lined each pattern.
Fabrics and notions required: Simplicity 2444 — about 4 yds; Butterick 5982 — about 3 1/2 yds; 22″ zipper for each and a hook & eye
Curvy rating: Simplicity 2444 — 4 — as it does not go into plus sizes; Butterick 5982 — 4.5 for the same reason, but a bit of a higher mark as the sizing does go up higher.