Pink Pleated Dress Cowgirl Style

 

Mood Fabrics' poly-cotton jacquard for a dress using Butterick 5781

 

You know when you just see fabric and you have to have it?  That is the case with Paradise Pink and Rosewater Geometric Cotton-Polyester Jacquard (now say that three times fast!).  This fabric just kept saying “buy me, buy me” and so I did.  Initially, I was thinking some kind of pants or shorts for me but the fabric was a bit too bright for me.  I knew this gorgeous fabric would find its way to the perfect garment.  I had purchased Butterick 5781 with Meredith (daughter #3) in mind, as I knew it  was the perfect style for her, just needed the fabric and the occasion.

Mood Fabrics' poly-cotton jacquard for a dress using Butterick 5781

 

The perfect occasion appeared in our mailbox, an invitation to a wedding, which states “this is a cowboy wedding so bring your boots.”  Well, we have lots of boots at our house, just needed a dress to wear with those boots.  That pink jacquard sitting on the shelf was just the perfect fabric and Butterick 5781 was just the pattern.  One of the best things about this pattern is it is an A/B, C, D cup pattern.  I measured Meredith before she headed back to college and went to work on the bodice and skirt.  I had these two parts all finished before she came back this weekend.  A few adjustments to the bodice and the dress was ready to finish.

Mood Fabrics' poly-cotton jacquard for a dress using Butterick 5781Mood Fabrics' poly-cotton jacquard for a dress using Butterick 5781

 

I am sure you have experienced a fabric layout with very little fabric left.  This dress was just that way, I was able to lay out all 4 bodice pieces across the width of fabric, making it very easy to match these pieces.  I did add 1″ to the bodice, for Meredith’s longer waist.  I added length to the skirt but that wasn’t necessary.  I literally had 1″ of extra fabric, boy was I getting nervous if I could pull this off!

Mood Fabrics' poly-cotton jacquard for a dress using Butterick 5781

 

 

This fabric is very stretchy and heavy, so take special care with staystitching and handling the fabric.  I added seam tape after I attached the bodice and skirt together.  The bodice lining (from stash)  also helped to stabilize the waist after it was hand stitched.  The pattern and fabric was wonderful to sew, it goes together beautifully.

I used an invisible zipper for the dress and tacked down the lining for the finishing touches. Here is my tip for invisible zippers where matching is important.  Sew one side of the zipper, then mark on the unsewn part of the zipper the matching point.  For instance, on this dress, I wanted to match the waistline.  I used a pencil and marked the location of the waistline on the zipper.  Matching this mark with the other side of the dress, I pinned this precisely and only sew about 1″ above the waistline and 1″ below the waistline.  After stitching this bit, I close the zipper and check out how the waistline matches.  If the match is good, then sew the rest of the zipper.  If not so good, then you have just a bit to unsew instead of the entire zipper.

Mood Fabrics' poly-cotton jacquard for a dress using Butterick 5781

 

 

If the night is a bit cool, Meredith’s jean jacket looks great with this dress.

Mood Fabrics' poly-cotton jacquard for a dress using Butterick 5781

I think she looks perfect for a cowboy wedding….

Mood Fabrics' poly-cotton jacquard for a dress using Butterick 5781

 

And if you like this fabric, hurry over to get it and there is not much left!

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Comments


  • Sallie
    September 9, 2014

    Oooh I love it!! That fabric is so bright and cheerful, and you got a great fit even though your daughter wasn’t there to do fittings – no mean feat, I know!! Thanks for that zipper tip – I hate having to unpick the entire zipper!! Love this paired with her boots. Sounds like a fun wedding!

    • Lori
      September 15, 2014

      Thanks, Sallie, I was so pleased how the dress turned out. Yes, the couple of inches of seams is so much easier than unsewing the entire zipper.

  • Teri
    September 9, 2014

    So Cute! Thanks for the zip tip. I will for sure implement that for my next zip insert.

    • Lori
      September 15, 2014

      Thank you so much, Teri.

  • Eileen
    September 9, 2014

    Love it, Lori…….especially with the jeans jacket. What a lucky girl to have such a talented and caring Mom.

    • Lori
      September 15, 2014

      Thanks, Eileen, I think it is a darling outfit.

  • Ginger
    September 9, 2014

    How cute! This really is perfect for a cowboy wedding!

    • Lori
      September 15, 2014

      Thanks, Ginger, I think it is perfect, too!

  • Cissie
    September 10, 2014

    Perfect dress for a “cowboy wedding”. Meredith looks fabulous in it — jeans jacket and all.

    • Lori
      September 15, 2014

      Thanks, Cissie, it is such a cute style of dress and the fabric is perfect.

  • Rosie
    September 10, 2014

    Great tip about zipper matching! I never thought of sewing partially! Clever you, this will really make a difference to my zipper experiences, thanks! And, great dress

    • Lori
      September 15, 2014

      Thanks Rosie, enjoy the zipper tip, it makes it easy.

  • DebB
    September 10, 2014

    Cute dress! Beautiful daughter! I bet that outfit is a hit at the wedding. Thanks for the great tip on matching the invisible zipper!

    • Lori
      September 15, 2014

      I think it will be a great outfit for the wedding, we just need to hope for a beautiful October day, as the wedding is outside!

  • Goodbye Valentino
    September 14, 2014

    How much fun would a cowboy wedding be?!!! Meredith looks great in her new dress :)

    • Lori
      September 15, 2014

      I think the guests will have the best time at this wedding. Thanks so much, Sarah.

  • Cennetta
    September 18, 2014

    Lucky Meredith! The dress is very pretty. The color is a great complement to her hair and eyes. Pretty lady.

  • Fiona
    September 20, 2014

    This is awesome Lori! I love those times when you see a fabric and just know that you are supposed to buy it, without any kind of plan for what it might turn into. This fab print print has definitely turned into what it was meant to. It sounds really interesting to work with too, being both stretchy and heavy