Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Florida Party Dress: Butterick 5486

How was your weekend?  We flew down to southern Florida for a quick 3 day weekend trip for my husband's grandmother's 90th birthday party.  The weather was amazing: 85-90 degrees, no humidity.  I actually laid out by the hotel pool for a few hours and swam a bit.  It was pure heaven after departing from a chilly 27 degree Boston Saturday morning.

I wore Butterick 5486 to the party:


I had to wear a jacket (Old Navy) and scarf (Saks) inside because of the AC!  I accessorized the dress with my great-grandmonther's Chinese turquoise necklace, Ann Taylor silver heels of  a few years' vintage, and a Banana Republic clutch.  And a coral pedicure - yay spring colors!

I think this pattern is one of those releases that flies under the radar.  Because of the busy floral print, the main pattern envelope shot doesn't show off the dress's lovely lines.  But look at the drawing: isn't the shape great? 


The fabric is a pink linen (-esque?) material from WinMil Fabrics in Boston, a purchase from last year.  I made the version without the wrap, view A. 


I like that the top isn't too spare, and the full straps provide more support and coverage than spaghetti straps.  The gathered waist skirt is perfect: floaty and girly, but not at all bulky.  The back and front skirt patterns are rectangles, so the skirt isn't A-lined, but hangs straight down.  I think it's a flattering, modern skirt shape.  The bodice is lined, the skirt isn't; I took my time with the interior of this one and finished the linen and pink lining fabric with french seams.

While this is a more casual dress, I think I could get away with wearing it to work by topping it with a long cardi, cinched with a belt and heels.

Try this pattern out!  I think you'll love it, too.

33 comments:

Faye Lewis said...

Oh my goodness I love that dress. I saw that some one else made it too so I already yaked the pattern out. The other dress I saw was done in a floral which I loved, but I love it i the solid just as much. Was this a handkerchief linen that you used? And what kind of lining fabric did you use? I think the way you styled it was just right for that Florida party.

Lori said...

Very pretty dress, the fabric is perfect. You look great, what a fun occassion to celebrate.

Kelli Ward said...

So cute. You're right. I hadn't noticed this pattern at all before. Now I just might need to try it out.

Gail said...

That is very pretty indeed.

Rebecca said...

Such a pretty dress! I love the color. :]

Carolyn said...

Beautiful, it is a lovely shape indeed! And you can certainly "business-ify" it with tights and pumps, and a longline blazer.
It often amazes me how pattern companies choose to style their patterns; the fabrics they choose and the accessories sometimes do absolutely nothing for showing how the garment could fit into current trends whatsoever!

Karin said...

I am jealous all over! I want a pretty pink dress! I want to go to Florida and swim!

Really, it's a fantastic dress, flattering, well fitted, classic, but on trend, something you can dress up or down. Thanks for highlighting the pattern.

Lisa said...

I love your dress and I do actually have this one in my queue. I like the fitted bodice and the the fact you can wear a bra LOL !!!

didyoumakethat said...

I really like it and the fact that you can wear a bra! (Why can so many dress makes be oblivious to the practical needs going on beneath the dress!) Lovely fabric choice and colour.

Vintage Girl said...

Very pretty, love pink! lucky you in Florida!

Eugenia said...

Beautiful! A perfect party dress and I love that shade of pink. I have just returned from Florida and, yes, wasn't the weather wonderful!

Sophia said...

Beautiful dress and I love that you paired it with turquoise, what a great combo.

Alexandra Mason said...

This dress is gorgeous!

Jada said...

Very cute dress! Great job.

Chapstick Fanatic said...

this is a great style! so versatile!

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knottygnome said...

i just bought that pattern. it looks really great on you--i can't wait to try it out.

~L~ of Avid Accents said...

very cute dress. you inspire me to break out the sewing machine.

Trisha said...

Pretty dress! Love the pink color, and it's very flattering on you.

I also prefer dresses that you can wear a regular bra with. Now, does it have pockets? If so, it's a really special pattern! :)

Angela said...

Oh wow... you're totally right about that pattern! Hehe.. may have to pick it up at the next sale. Your dress and whole outfit is super cute!

Sheila said...

Lovely dress and like the idea of wearing it to work with a cardigan, belt and heels.

Clio said...

Such a fun/springy color!

Yeah, the lines are totally hidden by the busay print on the pattern envelope. Too bad since it is the kind of dress that looks good on so many different figures!

MushyWear said...

You are right this dress does have beautiful lines and you look gorgeous in it!

The Slapdash Sewist said...

What a beautiful dress for a Florida night out! So jealous that you got to leave this wretched Northern cold (and DC isn't even that far north).

Darci said...

Super cute and SO flattering! I bet you'll be wearing this a lot this summer.

Lindsay T said...

Really pretty! Maybe it will actually get warm here in the Northeast and you can wear it again.

Faye Lewis said...

The scarf took about an hour, but I'm a slow sewer.

Vanessa said...

Lovely!!

JoanneM said...

So right. This is an excellent pattern. Looks fabulous.

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

You look so lovely in your beautiful pink dress!

Leslie V said...

Really cute dress!!! I like the scarf too!!!

Cecili said...

I love your outfit, the pink colour of the dress makes it extra feminine and goes very well with the scarf and the jacket!

TracyKM said...

I love your dress. I want to move away from the empire waist styling that I've sewn a lot of, but I just don't know if that style would look good on me and my belly...

amber said...

What a great little dress and in a very pretty color. :)