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Wrapping up my Summer Makes – Butterick 6453

Happy Wednesday LOVES!!

Can’t believe we are in August, my birthday month!  Am I excited, HELL NO!! I guess I have NOT been feeling the birthday vibes this year.  It seems the older I get, the less I care about birthdays. On a positive NOTE, I am learning more and more about FIT with each make and I am seeing what works and what does NOT!!  I have two of Gertie’s Butterick patterns 6556 and 6453 but was always hesitant to sew them up. Now that I am understanding how to interpret patterns, I am going all in, NO MORE FEAR!

I love this Butterick 6453 pattern except there are a couple of things that I will change for the next time I sew it.  I had the larger size and realized it too late (14-22) so I could NOT grade it at all.  I know a 12 would have given me a better fit for a woven with no stretch but I definitely will be making some changes even if I cut a different size.  I had to take this in quite a bit on the side seams after inserting the zipper and definitely will work on a few other changes to the bodice.

Here are the changes I plan to make next time to the BODICE: 1. Cut a size 10 for sure and slightly grade it to the 12 waist if I use a sateen fabric (stretch). 2. Raise the arm-hole by 1/2 inch. (Remember to always modify the facing as well.) 3. Pinch in the princess seam by 1/4 of an inch for no gaping at the side if need be.  For a WOVEN with NO stretch, possibly do a small (1/2 inch) FBA.  It is NOT as noticeable but I personal feel the fit would be a little better around the bust area. 4. NO TIE STRAPS! 5. LINE the bodice entirely if I use a woven fabric!

I definitely will make a muslin for a SATEEN Fabric for sure.

I DID NOT MATCH THE FLOWER on the side seam SO THAT THE PRINT was balanced all around. The layout of the flower was angled and this really tried my patience. CUTTING THE SKIRT GAVE ME A HEADACHE more than the bodice

ROCKING a petticoat  found on amazon (here).

Since this is my first time making this pattern, I created a wearable muslin as I do  NOT like to waste my time and make muslins.  I will be rocking this to work with a cardigan over it and will get much wear this fall. In addition, I plan to use a sateen fabric and make the pencil skirt version so for sure I will have to make a MUSLIN.

Thanks so much for stopping by. I will be taking a few days off to sew up a few projects for work before planning my fall makes.  Can’t believe I only have 2 more weeks left!



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