It might be hotter than hot this August and a floaty dress in beautiful floral fabric is THE perfect sew for this month. One that's light to wear for those balmy Summer nights but versatile to wear in the day too. Today I'm sharing the five reasons to make this dreamy feminine wrap dress Butterick B6654.

It's Fast & Easy

Like it says on the packet, it really is a quick make. I made both my dress and a dress for my oldest daughter in three evenings from five meters of fabric. 

The wrap dress pattern by Butterick is for an adult and a little girl. It has a size choice of an adult (S/M/L) and child (age 3-8) dress with gorgeous angel sleeves. It's a classic with two pleats at either shoulder to a front yoke to give you that great fit which Butterick patterns always do.

The neck is faced and fastens with an inner ribbon tie and an outer hook and bar. I chose to add a button instead for extra security due to my toddler liking to unhook them (true)! The hem scoops up with a curve at the wrap front and a tie belt.

The Floral Voile Fabric

If you are looking for a delicate all over floral print for this Summer, this is the fabric. I loved the white background and vintage all over print which reminded me of a Cath Kidston design. Plus at £6.99 for 56” wide fabric I think its brilliant value too. I didn’t pattern match as the design.

The voile is just a little finer than a Liberty tawn lawn and really soft and smooth to touch. It also irons with ease too (hurray!). Actually I didn’t iron our dresses on holiday at all. I stitched both dresses using a size 80 needle and it didn't pull or gather like a lightweight fabric can. This fabric would also look great made in a blouse, floaty top or scarves.

The Fit

This dress has a relaxed fit but still looks dressed up. The wrap makes it easy to fit and adjust. I love it, especially with the statement sleeves which are so on trend this Summer. The skirt fitted perfectly and was a very stylish length.

I made a medium and had just minor adjustments once I'd stitched up the bodice and before I added the neck facing. I took an inch off the top front yoke and back piece to make it fit around the bust. I was in-between a small and a medium so I made adjustments taking in the neckline.

My daughter who is a slim 7-8 size had the sides taken in. But we didn't do any other alternations.

These were easy adjustments to make, which I was expecting to do to get a good fit as the pattern only had three sizes.

Perfect For Any Occasion

This wrap dress was perfect for our beach holiday. I actually really enjoyed wearing the cool cotton fabric for the evenings. I teamed it with pumps and a floral bag but it would great for a Wedding with heels and a fascinator.

I wore mine with a full underskirt underneath but you could line it with a white plain cotton. 

Bonus Mini Twinning Version

Let's talk about the adorable smaller version! Butterick really do great matchy-matchy designs. My eldest daughter swirled and twirled in her dress and loved the sleeves.

Pattern Summary

Pattern - Butterick B6654

Fabric - Floral voile cotton 5m (56” wide)

Time to sew - 3 evenings

Level - Easy

Needle used - Standard 90

Changes to pattern - I altered the bodice at the shoulders to fit

What would I change if I stitched it again? - No, but I would use the bodice for a jumpsuit

We've been wearing these dresses whilst on holiday last week. They are so dressy which is such a great feeling after months of lockdown style. As lockdown slowly eases and we venture out, I'd say that you have just the excuse to create a new dress for you and one for a little one too. Both dresses cost around £35 for the fabric, now I call that incredible value.

I love any Mother and Daughter pattern and I cannot wait to make another. Thank-you Minerva for the beautiful fabric and pattern.

Samantha writes a creative craft blog www.crafternoonteas.com and hosts Crafternoon Tea Parties and Events www.crafternoonteahostess.co.uk in the Midlands and beyond when it’s safe to do so!