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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

My December Garment of the Month - Butterick 5917


Here is my version of the Very Popular Butterick 5917 which I made up as my December Garment of the Month.  I'm sure a lot of you are already know this dress pattern, but if not, here is the pattern envelope:

I decided to make the dress out of midnight navy seersucker cotton, which I purchased at Spotlight for $8.99 a metre.  The bodice is lined and I used a scrap of black voile that was in my leftovers stash.  I did apply interfacing along the neck edges of the self lining, although the pattern did not stipulate this- I thought it would help to stabilize the bias edge of the front neck especially.

I did make a muslin of this dress - if you are interested in fitting, please read these two posts which you will find  here .

This is the front of my finished dress:


The side view (and for once I am using the trick used by actresses - that sort of half way sideways frontways pose  - it always looks good, so it you are a bit photo shy - try it :).  It's a pose that makes everyone look good.


The back - it is years since I have inserted an invisible zip - I had forgotten how easy they were to do.  I often do lap zips, which take a little more effort:


And that is it. The dress is a great success.  I made it in seersucker because that way I can wear it as a day dress or as an evening sort of dress.  I don't really have much occasion for cocktail type dresses, and I also have a personality that is a little more seersucker than satin.

I will wish you all a happy new year now, and thank you all for having the patience to read my blog this year.  It's been lovely to get to know you all:



And thank you to DH who was around to help with the taking of these photos.

Happy New Sewing Year everyone, and I look forward to enjoying your company during 2014.

Sarah Liz :)

54 comments:

  1. Your dress looks great on you and fits you very well! I am glad you made it and like you said this can be a day dress or using different accessories wear it for an evening event.

    I like the sidweways/frontways pose idea, will have to use that. Wishing you a Happy New Year!

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    1. Hi Linda, I agree, it is a great dress - and yes, this pose is a terrific one to use :)

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  2. Ooh la la - that is one lovely dress. Looks fabulous on you and you have created a great fit.

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  3. PS - your link to the new website shows malegarment not makeagarment - and whilst I would love to be able to make a male a month - I don't think I want to blog about it - that didn't come out too well did it??

    Anyway have a wonderful 2014

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    1. Hi Beajay - I'm laughing out loud, I have to admit I do not have any ambition to make a male a month, so I have changed the link to the correct address. Thank you for telling me - usually I make sure to check everything, this must have been one of the rare occasions I didn't :)

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    2. Freudian slip ?!? ~ or as Dr. Seuss said, " I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells" ... J

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    3. Hello J - yes, one wonders - but I think I tend to agree more with Dr Seuss :)

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  4. Sarah, this is so cute! I can't wait to make this as I've seen it on several blogs.

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    1. Yes, this is a really beautiful dress to make up :)

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  5. Sarah, that looks so good on you! The fit is excellent.

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  6. YEAH ~ it looks fantastic! You have just topped off a brilliant sewing year for yourself with this dress ... and here's to more great sewing in 2014 ... J

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    1. Thank you Judith, I agree - and I look forward to sharing a 2014 swing year with you as well :)

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  7. Loud applause, this looks fantastic on you and those muslins definitely paid off and what a lovely way to end 2013. Wishing you and your family a most wonderful New Year and a sewfantastic 2014.

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    1. Thank you very much Sharon - and I wish you and yours a wonder New Year as well :)

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  8. Just cacked myself laughing at BeaJay's comments!

    The dress is a delight, beautiful on you.

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    1. I think we all had a good laugh - and thank you :)

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  9. Beautiful.. I think this is the prettiest garment you have made yet..
    Looks great on you.. Happy New Years to you and your family.

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    1. Thank you Judy, it is a very pretty dress. A Happy New Year to you and yours as well :)

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  10. Beautiful! Great way to cap off a year of sewing - congratulations!

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  11. This looks very, very nice on you -- very pretty, and those muslins paid off because the fit is exquisite. What a lovely make for December!

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    1. Thank you, yes, the work did pay off :)

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  12. Sarah...the dress looks so nice. Right now it is quite cold here in the mountains, so it is nice to see a summer dress this time of year :0) by the way...can I still join the garment a month? let me know... m.b.

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    1. Thank you. And of course you can join - please send me an email - to stylishsarah251@gmail.com. That way I can send you a blogger invite which you can activate. I will leave a comment on your blog as well, so hopefully you will get this reply :)

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  13. Hurrah! Please post pictures in situ. Can't wait to see you in that dress in action !

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    1. I'll try and do that with my sewing (including this dress) during 2014 :)

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  14. Sarah, I fell in love with this dress the first time I seen it and couldn't wait to see it finished . The fit is great and the dress looks fantastic on you! Now you got me wanting to make it even more :)
    Have A Very Happy New Year!

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    1. It is a very lovely dress Sherry, and it seems to suit so many people.

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  15. Your dress is lovely Sarah Liz. And your model pose is so stylish. Happy New Year!

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    1. Thank you Kathy - and Happy New Year to you as well :)

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  16. Lovely fit, lovely dress. All the best for 2014

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    1. Thank you Louise, and all the best for you for 2014 as well :)

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  17. Love your dress, I have the pattern but am still trying to sort my house out so think this will be a 2014 dress for me - Happy New year

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    1. Yes, sorting out a house takes such a lot of energy, to say nothing of disrupting the sewing space - this is such a classic dress it will still look good in 2014 :)

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  18. It is very nice, and looks wonderful on you.

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  19. This is lovely and the fit is superb! Can't wait to try the sideways/front ways pose too. May I join the garment a month challenge also? I will send an email and look forward to hearing from you. Happy New Year and may all our sewing be a successful challenge in 2014!

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    1. Thank you. And yes, of course you can join the challenge:)

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  20. This is super-cute on you...
    Happy New Year!
    :-) Chris

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    1. Thank you Chris, and Happy New Year :)

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  21. Beautiful and love your pictures. The dress is lovely on you.

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  22. Very cute Sarah Liz! Love how this turned out! Congratulations on the good news you shared about your life. Wishing you and your family a healthy and prosperous New Year!

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    1. Thank you very much Virginia - and wishing you and yours a Happy New Year as well :)

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  23. Aww man, Sarah. The fit is FANTASTIC! This is very nice and looks great on you. Well done.

    Happy new year!

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    1. Thank you L - I hate doing muslins but they do pay off :).

      And Happy New Year to you - I look forward to sharing sewing with you again during 2014 :)

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  24. Beautiful! Love the dress on you, all that work on the muslins was very worthwhile. Professional posing too ;)

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    1. Thank you Marianne - yes, I thought the dress needed me to do it justice :)

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