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?
Butterick 5486, View A
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.