Monday, March 28, 2016

Butterick 5850: Resurrection Sunday Dress.

This dress makes me smile.  I had something totally different to wear for Easter, a white linen trapeze style dress that I will share later.  I ordered a pair of orange suede pumps to wear with my white dress, but when I received them they didn't fit and I didn't have time to find an alternate pair so I decided to wear this dress that was working on anyway.  It turned out to be an awesome backup plan. 

The fabric is from Fine Fabrics in Atlanta, I picked it up in February for a client piece, but my client decided to back out and go buy a dress.  It's a Wax African Print, a little heavy, but draped well. 

I have mad this pattern several times, but mostly out of Taffeta or special occasion fabric. 

Quick Review:

  • I did not like the instructions when it got to the neck section.  I really didn't need the instructions as I have made this particular dress before and a few others like it. 

  • I didn't line my dress because the fabric was heavy and double sided and not see through.  

  • I used store bought binding for my arms and did a sewing machine hem after serging edges.    

  • I added 4 inches to the side ties for length.  

  • For the neck portion of the pattern I just gathered it so it would sit nicely on my neck without riding up.  

  • There is a side sipper, and I extended right into the arm hole and used an invisible zipper.  

  • There is four panels for the skirt portion of the dress and I added two inches to each panel for fullness. 

Happy Sewing!


  1. Nice color and print. The drape is nice for it to be wax print. The length makes the difference.

  2. Melanie this is adorable! Client backed out - bummer, left over fabric - SCORE!!

  3. I loved this on Instagram and I'm thrilled I got to read a little about it's creation here. That is one stunning dress!

  4. Beautiful dress. Perfect for Resurrection Sunday. I have had that pattern since it was released and have no idea why I have not made it. Great styling as well.

  5. I cannot tell you how much I love this on you! the fabric is so perfect with this pattern.

  6. OMG.... You look so gorgeous sis.... This dress is a bomb. I really love the fabric ...gorgeous

  7. Beautiful dress and looks fabulous on you.


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