completed – B6168
hello fellow stitchers!
my post title looks a little strange today doesn’t it? a code instead of a pattern name! that’s because this is the first time i’ve made anything for myself using a “big four” pattern! i’m using this as the first post where i’ve got pictures wearing my glasses, i’ve embraced them and decided just to get over myself. it makes a big difference being able to see the self timer, haha!
i got this pattern when there was a sale on butterick patterns on sew essential. it’s butterick B6168, i believe designed by the lady who does the oliver & s patterns. google it to find out more, i don’t want to give you false info haha.
i was drawn to the pattern as it’s got some unusal design details and thought it might test me a bit more than my ususal stuff. it’s got a wrap bodice with pleats, plus that little tab across the top to keep it together.
i love a gathered skirt, and this one has got a cute amount of it. just what i like.
i read the back of the packet and was miffed when i read through the sizing. i bought the smaller pattern size, but it was only my bust size that fit into the measurements when i had looked properly! i decided to make a toile in a 14 all over (that was the biggest size) after i measured the pattern pieces and thought it could be okay. turns out, the 14 all over was perfect and i didn’t make any adjustments at all, other than shortening the skirt by 4 inches. 4 INCHES!!! who’s legs are that long?!
the fabric i used was from john lewis, in the sale from £12 down to £6p/m. i used just over two metres for this dress, and would have used less if i hadn’t had to recut one side of the bodice & facing. that came about after i tried to unpick something and just ripped a hole in the front! oops. turns out that wasn’t the first hole i’d put in this dress..!
i put the zip in perfectly the first time but forgot to overlock my seams. i thought i’d be okay to whiz it through afterwards but my skirt got caught up in the blade and i put a hole in the back skirt! gah. i patched it up so i hope it’s okay now. i’ll still wear the dress anyway because i really like it! just don’t look too closely at my back lol!
i really love this dress and can’t wait to wear it out somewhere!