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Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Date Night Dress - Butterick B5488

Last week I went on an actual date with my lovely husband, one that didn't just involve drinking wine at home in our pjs. This was all thanks to my Mum and Dad who took the kids for a week during the Easter holidays. As going out (especially together) is such a rare occurrence these days, I felt like I should make a new dress for the occasion! 

I bought some fantastic navy blue georgette with birds printed on it from Abakhan in Manchester the other week (fabric buying ban failed!). I fell in love with the design and justified it as I am making an evening dress in georgette in a few weeks' time and wanted to practice. The pattern I had in mind was Butterick B5488 which came free with issue 38 of Love Sewing Magazine. I really like the loose tunic style and semi-structured neckband on this dress. 

The pattern is relatively straightforward to follow, but I always find that the instructions and diagrams from the big pattern houses aren't as clear as those with indie patterns. Although I managed to make the neckband without any issues, I somehow managed to forget to insert the sleeves before attaching the band to the dress. The soft pleats work really well with this kind of drapey fabric. I was initially concerned that the fabric was a bit see through, but the volume of fabric used and the colour prevent me from flashing inappropriately!!

The neckband doesn't sit 100% straight, even after ironing. But it's not really noticeable and doesn't spoil the garment at all. I do like how loose this dress is, perfect for going out for a big meal!


We went to Chilli Banana Thai restaurant - would definitely recommend!


  1. This is so lovely. I'm a novice sewer and aspire to be doing something like this. Brilliant thanks for sharing kw

  2. This is so lovely. I'm a novice sewer and aspire to be doing something like this. Brilliant thanks for sharing kw

    1. Hi Kate
      Thank you so much for your lovely comments! I have only been sewing for just over 4 years and I have had plenty of disasters along the way. One day it just all sort of clicked and now I made pretty much all my own clothes.
      A x

  3. I love the fabric you used for this dress. Such a beautiful design and a lovely drape. The neckline looks fine in the photos

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