BUTTERICK 4918: Evening or Formal wear or Bridal


The challenge was I had only one yard of fabric. What could I possibly do with just one yard? So, I had to make something FUN!


So I started with the idea of a wrapped bodice, and foundB4918 Butterick 4918. It is designed to be long, full skirt, bodice to the waist, and can be a bridal dress.


This doesn't look anything like that!





Pattern Description: Underlined and lined, strapless, floor length dress, has close-fitting boned bodice, fully gathered skirt, princess seams and back zipper.

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 where altered.

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 crinkly fabric.

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 fabric?
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.


Would 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.


















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