Okay, since the grey thread was still on the machine, I figure "why not"? I had reservations about making two grey dresses somewhat back to back but am glad to see that they are just different enough! Butterick 5640 is one of those patterns that I could only vaguely recall why I had purchased it in the first place.
Enter this corduroy: timeless, warm, functional. A fabric that is so easy to love...okay, I speak for myself. I purposely caught the "50% off of clearance fabric" sale at the end of last year at Jo Ann Fabrics vowing that it would be my last major fabric purchase...for a while. In addition to a few other great finds, I found two (really more but limited my selections to just two) bolts of corduroy fabric that I really liked. This grey and a navy blue.
The dress pattern is categorized as "Fast & Easy" AND "Very Easy" - it's true. Perhaps I should have spent more time on the fit? First off I think that the gathers are a little awkward. Especially the set on the right front...almost completely covered by the left front. Should I have adjusted somehow for
no a small bust?
Next, there is something "baggy" about the arm (pit - IKR) area. The shape of the sleeve has no...for lack of a better word - flow. The pattern describes this design as "extended overarms". Hmmm...the proportions are off somehow. Could this too have been corrected by adjusting for a small bust?...I wonder.
The self-faced midriff bulk (in the back) is a bit unsightly. Although my preference would have been to insert an invisible zipper, I did not have one on hand so I went with this centered zip. Too bulky at the midriff! In retrospect, I should have "self-faced" with a different, less weighty, maybe even lining type, fabric.
In spite of all of the "little things" I named "wrong" with this dress (oh, by the way, I wish I had added in seam pockets - don't know how I missed that) there's a lot that's right with it. It's comfortable, easy to style, kind of cute and even a little sexy. Besides, if I really wanted to make another, with a better fit, I could "Fast, Easy" and "Very Eas(il)y" enough.
Oh yeah, and it's Corduroy! Thanks for poppin' in! Until next time...PEACE AND BLESSINGS!