Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness - with Alexander Henry lovelies! What a way to celebrate. This dress was meant to be my July garment of the month, but I was out of commission until mid-month. No problem - it'll be great for any of our patriotic holidays.
Obviously I love Butterick 5881, the Katherine Tilton layered dress. This is my third dress version (one and two), and I've done a tunic from the top layer as well.
Waiting in the loft is another version for fall, done in a knit. It's already sewn and is really different.
None of mine look quite like the original pattern! I've never done one with the pieced top layer. I spent hours redrafting a one-piece top layer when I first got the pattern - I just like it better.
The trick with this version was figuring out where to put the print. Ummm. I think I did pretty well!
Little details: I've not used the placket on the front or shirring on the back. To replace the latter, I've centered a contrast patch with 3 lines of inserted elastic.
The underdress is white poly/cotton broadcloth, with the attached skirt in contrast fabric. I'm so sorry I don't have a pic of the underdress, but it's cut just like the leopard spot dress (version two referenced above). These opposing hems are so interesting and kind of sassy.
This pattern really is such fun to wear!
Hoping everyone enjoys a nice weekend - Bye for now! Coco