I found myself with some free time yesterday afternoon so I decided to whip up a quick dress to wear to dinner last night. Sure, I had about a bajillion other things that needed to be done but I wanted to sew!
I chose to make Butterick 5313. View B is fun and flirty, goes well with high boots and is quick to make. I selected this knit print because it went so well with my Frye Ava boots! The fabric has been in my collection for at least a year and I don’t remember where it came from. I barely had enough yardage and had to try several different layouts before I could make it work.
I made a straight size 8 with a 1″ FBA and a 5/8″ forward shoulder adjustment. I also shortened the sleeve 1″ as I always do. I left the dress length as it was. I’m just over 5’3″ and wanted it to hit me right at the knee which it does. If you are taller you should definitely check the length before you cut.
This went together in a couple of hours (including pattern alterations and cutting) – I LOVE instant gratification! I decided to leave the bottom of the flounce unfinished. It just hangs so nicely the way it is and I was worried that a hem would change the look so I just cleaned it up with my rotary cutter and a curved ruler.
I like this style so much that I’ll be making it again this weekend in a charcoal Vera Wang knit. I really need a simple basic dress and I think I’d get a lot of mileage out of this one.