was I had only one yard of fabric. What could I
possibly do with just one yard? So, I had to make something
So I started
with the idea of a wrapped bodice, and found
Butterick 4918. It is designed to be long, full skirt,
bodice to the waist, and can be a bridal dress.
look anything like that!
and lined, strapless, floor length dress, has close-fitting
boned bodice, fully gathered skirt, princess seams and back
Pattern Sizing: Sizes 6-20
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern
envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, except
Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the
pattern? I love the overlapping wrap bodice top and the
over-one-shoulder drape. A very interesting design.
Fabric Used: Some sort of multi-colored polyester
Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made:
To begin, I had only 1 yard of fabric, so the challenge was
on. My daughter was going to the Miss Georgia America
pageant, and needed some after-five or short formalwear. So,
I began the alteration thought process: not enough fabric
for a large gathered skirt, not enough for the fitted
bodice, nor the long drape, and how do you hem a crinkly
So, I shortened the bodice to make it an empire waist,
rather than fitted to the waist. I made a skirt a slim
A-line, then decided to bubble the hem, rather than trying
to touch the hem with a machine.
And the drape was fun, but I shortened
it, and added some clear
elastic to hold it to the upper back of the bodice, so it
wouldn't just fly off.
I added some bling to the front of the drape where it
begins. And the whole drape is pieced here and there.
you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? If I
can remember how. And this is one of my daughter's favorite
dresses. She wears it often, and everyone loves it!
Conclusion: The dress I made vaguely resembles this
pattern, but it was a great design, showed me how to put it
all together, and I love the drape and wrapped bodice.