Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Wool Dress

I used Butterick See & Sew 5168 for my two piece wool dress.  The pattern is out of print but I have had it in my stash for quite some time.  It does have a vintage look to it but I have not had it that long.  This style was very quick and easy to make.  A shift style dress and a swing style jacket with raglan sleeves. 

I used a charcoal grey lightweight wool for my outfit.  I added some vintage lace trim to the hemline of the jacket as well as the dress.  I think that kept this rather boring grey from being to frumpy.  And since the fabric was a bit sheer looking I decided to add a lining to the dress because I didn't want to wear a slip with it.  Also a lining helps to keep the wool from being itchy against the skin.  I didn't put a lining in the jacket,  with it's swing style a lining was just not needed.

I looked through my stash of vintage buttons and had many that I was considering and ended up with these fairly plain cream colored buttons.  I had some lacy looking buttons that I thought would look good  but they seemed to fragile.  My other options either I didn't have enough of them or they were just a bit to small or to large or just a bit to white to go with the ecru vintage lace.  I have so many buttons I didn't want to go out and buy some just for this jacket.
I tried wearing the jacket with pants and it was only OK.  The jacket really needs to be about 2 inches longer to look right with pants.  But I wanted to wear it to work and I don't like wearing dresses to work.   I think I need to take in the sides of the dress a little but other than that I like how everything fits.  The shift dress is a good basic dress pattern the goes together fast so I may use that pattern again.  I like the jacket but I probably will not make another one.  I have several other jacket patterns in my stash I want to try.  All in all this is a good project that I am happy with the results.

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