What I have learned today about Butterick B4790:
• For a modern aesthetic or women shorter than 5’6″, you’ll probably want to make the skirt shorter. By 4″ if you’re as short as me!
• It really is easy and quick to make (though I’d already done the mock ups previously and the cutting/marking last night).
• The reviews are right – this dress does pull down at the back from the weight of the skirt. When fastening the front temporarily, I tried pinning the wrapover front through the underskirt layer and this seemed to help. I’m therefore going to have poppers attaching the bottom wrapover to the centre front as well as the two wrapovers together. (Sorry for poor explanation, I’m v tired!)
• The royal blue cotton poplin I’m using makes a very satisfying rustling sound -taffeta, eat your heart out!
And THE most important lesson when it comes to B4790:
• Tightening the wrapover front is the difference between frumpy and fabulous.
(So, please scrap my last, hasty post, which was made after a fitting where the wrap was only just crossing over – frump-o-Rama! I have since tried it on again with the fronts cinched in a comfortably tight way and it looks several billion times better! This has left me considering what to do with the closure – I’m tempted to use a tie front as it would be adjustable… It would also allow me to introduce white to the colour scheme, which I’d like to do to go for the whole nautical vibe – something I fall back in love with every spring.)
And something I learned about me today:
• I love the way freshly sewn and pressed darts look.