B4389: Gunmetal blue and white party dress

Here’s the party dress I’ve been working on for the past two nights:

It’s Butterick B4389, made out of textured, printed white chiffon and gunmetal blue-grey stretch satin from a Hancock’s clearance rack. Total cost of materials, thread, and pattern = $12.75-$15.00. I only used materials, thread, pattern, and notions from my current stash and bought nothing new for this project.

I cut it out in pattern size 12, but had to take it in by 1.25″ because it was WAY too loose on me now that I am shrinking down to a 34A again. I just need to hem the skirt, slipstitch the bodice lining, and sew in a second hook and eye above the zipper since my 1″ increase in the back-waist length made the 12″ zipper too short.

As a bonus, I discovered that I needed to dial myself a smaller bust and booty on my Singer dressform when I compared its measurements (set around August 2007) to my current ones. Hurray for the shrinking backside!

My full review of B4389 is up at Patternreview.com for the curious.

I still covet this Jalie running skirt pattern! I think that a workout skirt with attached shorts would be so cute, not to mention a hell of a lot cheaper to make myself than the $40-$50 these things are going for online.

Wah! (Counts the weeks until June 6 when she can spend money on clothing, fabric, patterns, and other related stuff again.)

5 thoughts on “B4389: Gunmetal blue and white party dress

  1. Lovelines – Thanks! The 1-year break from buying clothes has been surprisingly easy to stick to, and I know it’s saved me a few hundred bucks of impulse spending. AND I’m really enjoying making my own clothes again. :em02:

  2. Amyella – Cruises, weddings…I’m just glad to have something besides the same 3 dresses to put into my special occasion rotation. Besides, as you’ve probably noticed when you go shopping, it’s sort of hard to find off the rack clothing that fits a more athletic female body type. Stuff that fits your waist is too tight in the thighs, and tops that fit your shoulders are flapping away around your chest and waist! :em16:

  3. The dress is beeeautiful! I’m amazed you had the materials on-hand. All I have is some hot-pink dragon-print and a tweed. Hard to make that into something cohesive, unless I go at it, Project Runway style (okay, so maybe the ones who kicked off).

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