Gettin’ My Preppy On
Finding this multicolored cotton patchwork on the Mood Fabrics website was almost as refreshing as a dip in the pool!
I looked forward to putting a feminine twist on this classic preppy fabric and paired it with Butterick’s dress pattern 5917.
Perhaps I’m a child at heart loving those madras children’s clothes filled with ruffles, but I thought this pattern had just the right feminine touch without the fussiness for the busy fabric. Actually, I’ve seen lots of RTW seersucker dresses sewn in this pattern.
Since there was only one review on the Pattern Review website I wasn’t sure what to expect, and was pleasantly surprised when I only needed to do a little tweaking in the upper bodice muslin to get the fit I wanted.
Obviously the visual interest is in the upper bodice with the ruffle. The tab prevents any gaping, which I lowered it by ½ inch to avoid a matronly look – still providing plenty of coverage. I constantly read the most flattering dress style is one with a raised waistline and must say I love the fit of this dress.
I’ll probably eat my words for that comment, but we sewists deserve a break every now and then, and now I know where to turn for a little instant gratification.