Butterick 5147 Thrice

Magenta Linen DressI made two really involved dresses during the sewcation.  I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that my garments are taking more time now because I do own a lot of clothing so I can take more time with my pieces.  However, I needed a palette cleanser. Something that worked well with the transitional garments I’ve already made.  So I guess I really am thinking about fall…just not ready to go all out wool sewing yet!

As the title of the post states, this will be my third version of this dress.  I’ve worn the other two dresses a couple of times this summer and I thought that I really need another one, two, or three of these in my wardrobe.  This dress is perfect for work because it’s comfortable, easy to accessorize and fits my bodacious body well.  Now after working with fallish shades for the last two sewcation dresses, I wanted a bright, pretty color for this dress.  Something that will be cheerful to wear but still work in my corporate atmosphere…so I went with this bright magenta!  Okay I have a lot of black, brown and gray dresses…every once in awhile a woman needs a little bright, room bending color in her life!

Some stats ~
Butterick 5147

Magenta linen purchased from Mood.com

red bemberg lining
black satin piping
22″ magenta invisible zipper
Hug snug rayon hem tape

Construction Details ~
Since this pattern is now heading into TNT territory…I don’t claim TNT status until a garment has been made 5 or 6 times…a bit much I know but there is always something new that the pattern and fabric can cough up for you to learn.  

Magenta Linen Dress

I didn’t make a lot of changes to the construction process just added a lining (the red because it made the magenta fashion fabric look so robust) to the dress and some piping at the neckline and armholes to break up the great expanse of fabric.  

A great simple colorful dress for work…a few more pics…

Magenta Linen Dress


Magenta Linen Dress

The temps have been cooler this week here in my corner of the world, so all of the sewcation dresses have been worn, as well as, the Valentino Dress was finally revealed to the outside world.  Tomorrow will see me wearing the Coldwater Creek knock-off dress also a first time wearing.  I’m really thrilled that this was a week of all new wears, somehow that makes my low sewcation output, bearable!

…as always more later!



  • Mood Sewing Network
    September 17, 2012

    Carolyn, I love this color on you!

  • Wanett
    September 20, 2012

    You are gorgeous is fuschia!! And I LOVE the piping detail!

  • Cennetta
    September 22, 2012

    Congratulations, Carolyn!

  • Betsy
    September 30, 2012

    Your dress is beautiful. I have trouble with zippers. Can you recommend a tutorial?

  • Bonnie Brannon
    October 2, 2012

    Your writing style is as elegant as your work. Beautiful!

  • Marc
    October 2, 2012

    Thank you for being you. Sometmes I feel that our world thinks that the only ones who deserve pretty fashions are the skinny young things. I love how you sew and how you present yourself.

  • Candice R
    October 4, 2012

    A simple but elegant dress, made special with the piping! Very pretty!!

  • Mary
    October 14, 2012

    You go girl. That dress looks great on you!! You did a great job with fit. Just love how the bust does not smash you. Keep up the good work. I’m being inspired to sew up some stuff myself. Mary