Summer Garden Party Dress
Posted on Tuesday the 18th August 2020 by Pretty Handsome Everyday
I’m slowly sewing my way through all of Gertie’s designs and this month I chose to make her dress Butterick 6380, which is an elegant tea dress style with shaped midriff piece, detail gathers near the collarbone and knee length skirt. I had put off making this dress up until now because I wasn’t sure I would like the low/open neckline but I wanted to try a different style for this project so I decided to go for it!
The fabric I chose to use for this dress was a super soft cotton lawn. It has a white background with a multitude of flowers in all colours covering it. I love how vibrant the flowers are against the background, while the white keeps it very chic rather than garish. I was sewing the dress during a heatwave and this fabric was so refreshing to work with, it’s soft but cool and light and a perfect choice for any warm weather clothes!
The dress is lined too (my favourite!) and I used a white, anti static lining. I didn’t have tights on to test if the lining stuck but I can confirm it was very comfortable against my skin while I took photos, even in the scorching weather.
I was prepared for some difficult and fiddly sewing for the construction of the bodice but actually it has really straightforward instructions and came together without any major issues! I think I could have clipped the top point of the midriff piece slightly more as I noticed that my lining piece came out really sharp, whereas my main fabric piece was slightly rounded. This was only a minor thing and easy to rectify.
I love the drama of the puffed sleeve, although it does seem slightly larger than life so if you wanted to tone it down I’m sure you could steam out some of the fullness.
When making the skirt the instructions advise to ease stitch around the top edge before attaching the top. It looks initially as though the waist of the skirt is way too big, but continue pinning in place and magically it all fits together perfectly with no puckers!
For my vintage inspired dresses I usually hand stitch the hem in place but even Gertie said it was ok to machine stitch this one, so I did what I was told! I do love being able to finish a project quickly because I often get so excited at the end when it’s nearly finished that I want to rush through the last stages. The length is perfect, just under the knee on me, but it might be worth bearing in mind that because the hem is so small there isn’t any leeway if you want to make it longer - so check before you cut your fabric!
I’m just waiting for the summer soirée invitations to arrive so I can wear this little number out!
Thanks for reading and happy sewing!