Gray Abstract Silk Cape Sleeve Dress

The moment I saw Butterick 5884, it was love at first sight.  And I knew I’d be making View B.  The other version was just too “basic”… like I’ve seen it too many times.   This dress reminds me of the Halston dresses my mother wore in the 70s.  It has that “I’m off to Studio 54” feel and that was also a draw.  And I knew I wanted to make it in a print, but nothing as bold as the one on the pattern envelope.  This design can hold its own.  So I went with another Thakoon silk crepe de chine. 

Thakoon silk crepe de chine dress
See, I’ve never really cared for prints.  And when I do occasionally pick one, a lot of thought goes into it.  Sometimes prints can be awesome and other times, you end up looking like bad upholstery.  This gray abstract print in a silk crepe de chine is subtle and simply perfect.  As with all of the Thakoon prints.  And it behaved fantastically.  No problems cutting, sewing or pressing.  And it wears like a dream.
Thakoon silk crepe de chine dress
The description is:  Lined dress has forward shoulder seams, fitted, blouson bodice, gathered waist, thread loops, invisible back zipper and self belt (cut on crosswise grain). B: single-layer back, pleated and gathered overlay (wrong side shows) extends into sleeves with seam opening, bias binding, and very narrow hem.
Thakoon silk crepe de chine dress
The dress is fully-lined (with the exception of the overlay) with a gray bemberg rayon from my stash.
Thakoon silk crepe de chine dress
The bodice has a deep-v.  I didn’t make any major adjustment.  I just lightly tacked it so there wouldn’t be any wardrobe malfunctions.

Thakoon silk crepe de chine dress
I made my usual alterations: an inch added to the bodice.  And 3 inches to the skirt.  This pattern is not complicated, but I did rely heavily on the instructions for steps like adding the overlay/cape sleeve part.  And if you sew this pattern, you MUST be diligent with your markings.  You’ll need them.
Thakoon silk crepe de chine dress
Even with my abnormally long limbs, I found the sleeves to be really long.  There’s no alteration line, so this is something you’d just have to figure out.  I just pushed mine up and kept it moving.  And I’m sure you noticed that my belt is no where to be seen.  I ran out of fabric and barely had enough to get the dress cut.  Hey, it happens!
Thakoon silk crepe de chine dress
All in all, this is a fabulous dress that I’m sure will be one of my favorites of the year.

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Comments


  • oonaballoona
    May 28, 2013

    gorgeous. those floaty arms have me sighing–and your pics are beautiful!!!

  • Ginger
    May 28, 2013

    Wow! This is a real statement! I love it!

  • Michelle
    May 28, 2013

    When I first saw this pattern go up on the Butterick website, I wasn’t sure about it. But, seeing it made and modeled makes me reconsider. I’m not convinced the proportions are good for someone as short as me, but I LOVE this on you!

    • MaryB
      May 28, 2013

      I’m short too, under 5ft but it was love at first sight when I saw this pattern. I definitely will be making this dress. I’ll just have to make all the necessary alterations.

    • Erica B.
      May 28, 2013

      The proportions can be easily adjusted. Thanks Michelle!

  • MaryB
    May 28, 2013

    Erica you did a FANTASTIC job on this dress. I’m inspired.

  • Roslyn Holcomb
    May 28, 2013

    Fabulous! So graceful and elegant. Your pattern selection is on point. Perfect for that dreamy fabric!

  • Peter
    May 28, 2013

    Wow — it is gorgeous! I love the drape and the sleeves are fabulous.

  • Manju
    May 28, 2013

    Just beautiful. The fabric, the dress, the pics and your styling. Far far nicer than the envelope.

  • Lori
    May 28, 2013

    This dress is stunning and the setting for the pictures a perfect compliment to the dress.

  • Carolyn
    May 28, 2013

    You used a lovely print for this dress!

  • Tracy King
    May 29, 2013

    This dress is gorgeous! You did an amazing job and I want to run out and buy both the pattern and the fabric. It really looks stunning on you.

  • Kay
    May 29, 2013

    It is lovely, and looks fabulous on you.

  • Sarah Gunn
    May 30, 2013

    This is a fabulous dress! Never would I have noticed this pattern before your dress. What a vision you had… good thing you ran out of fabric before making the belt – it would have been too much. What you have is perfect! 🙂

    • Erica B.
      May 31, 2013

      Sarah, I totally agree about the belt! Thanks!

  • Lauren
    May 31, 2013

    This is PERFECT. That is one stunning dress and the pictures are beautiful!

  • Amy
    June 3, 2013

    Wow! What a stunning dress! You look fabulous!