I’m Simona and I am back on Minerva blogger network this month with a fun dress for the office. For a very long time, Butterick 6094 (patterns by Gertie) was on my to do list. Not sure why I waited so long to make it, since I love that back view. View A’s has a vintage feel to me, which I am not too fond of, but view B would accentuate my curves and I prefer a straight skirt anyway as it suits my petite frame like a glove. If I had to pick one style of dress to wear for the rest of my life this would be it.

To make my dress fun, I opted for a geometric print Cotton Twill Fabric for the bodice and skirt and since I knew that matching the print on such a fabric would be a conundrum and very wasteful, I took the easy way out and used plain black Cotton Fabric (of a similar weight to the twill) to break the pattern. The fun continued with the lining fabric, I picked a soft yellow (don’t care if it matches the main fabric or not).

Using the finished garment measurements, I chose to trace a size 12. With Butterick pattens I already reduce the length of the bodice above the bust by 1.5 cm and need to shorten the bottoms. As a personal preference, I like the hems on skirt to be just above my knees (anything lower makes me look even shorten than my 1.57m 5ft2”). For this dress I took out of the length 8 cm and used a 5 cm/2” deep hem.

Not sure what possessed me to check how the midriff pieces fit to the rest of the pattern pieces, but then realised they were off. I re-checked with the tissue, thinking it was my own fault when I traced them, but no both the back and the front were off by 1 cm at the bottom where it joins the skirt and by 2 cm at the top where it joins the bodice.

I thought that was the only issue with the paper pattern. But I was surprised to find out the facing pieces did not match. However, I think this one is down to myself, since I shortened the bodice.

I followed the instruction only for the construction of the bodice considering the bodice has both lining and facings, and wanted to make sure I do not make any mistakes in the construction. Also, this part of the construction is slightly different. Although this is not my preferred method of construction, I think the bodice looks good.

After the bodice was completed, I freestyled it for the rest of the construction. I inserted the invisible zipper using Kenneth D King’s method (Threads video on YouTube).

The finished dress is fun and fits me well. I’m happy with how it turned out. It’s safe enough to be appropriate for the office while being fun. It makes me feel really good and like a grownup while I am wearing it. With this dress I bet I’m the best dressed in my office.

I like all my makes, but this one must be one of my favourites as I keep wanting to wear it all the time, and not only at the office. I  love that back detail so much I want to make this dress again but use a solid for the dress and then some crazy print for the back facing. You know to trick people into thinking I am wearing a plain dress from the front and then when I turn around they go Wow! (hopefully for a good reason).

Although the back detail might make you think that making this dress might be complicated I think an advanced beginner would be able to make it without too much trouble.

Sewing Summary:

Pattern: Butterick B6094 (patterns by Gertie) - Sleeveless dress has close-fitting, lined bodice, wide waistband, bateau neckline, and fold-back contrast facings. A: Flared skirt (cut on crosswise grain of fabric) and petticoat. B: Straight skirt. I made view B.

Sizing: US A5 (6-14) and E5 (14-22)

Fabric: 1m geometric print twill, 1m black cotton similar weight to the twill, 1m soft yellow lining fabric

Notions: 14-16” invisible zipper, 2 buttons, the pattern called for fabric covered ones, I used some from my stash with 2.5cm (1”) diagonal.

Modifications: using the finished garment measurements I cut a size 12. I shortened the bodice above the bust by 1.5 cm and shortened the skirt by 8 cm as well as using a 5 cm deep hem. I shortened the skirt because I don’t like how I look in skirts/dresses that cover my knees (over the knee styles make my short legs look even shorter).

Fit: is perfect for me.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?: yes, if you take into account that for personal styling I shortened the skirt so that the hem sits above my knees. (styles with hems over my knees make me feel shorter than I am. (note that I am 1.57 m/ 5ft2 tall)

Watch out for: check that your pattern pieces are trued up correctly. I found out that the midriff pieces for size 12 did not match the pieces around them and I had to modify them.

Make Again?: yes, love that back detail way too much not to make it again. I’m thinking of making the skirt using a different fabric than for the bodice and midriff.

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog post. And please do share your makes on Instagram/Twitter by tagging @MinervaCrafts and/or using the hashtag #MinervaMakes. I’d love to see what you create.

Simona @ Sewing Adventures in the Attick