Thursday, December 2, 2010

Butterick 5397: Easy tunic dress

While it feels like all I've sewn this fall is baby clothes, I have managed to squeeze in a few things for me. I've tired to focus on softball projects that would go together quickly so I could get back to gift sewing. I'm in dire need of dresses for fall/winter, so this Fast & Easy tunic pattern was a no-brainer.


I had originally wanted to make it in a remnant of grey doubleknit in my stash, but there wasn't enough to make it work. Instead, I copied the pattern photos and used a deep red doubleknit - so original. Ha! The construction was a breeze though I did have to alter the pattern a bit to fit my pear-shaped body, cutting an XS on top and tapering to a M in the hips. I had added a few inches to the length, then cut off too much when I went to hem it, so it's a bit shorter than I would have like. Not a huge issue since it will always be worn with tights or leggings.

I wore it to work a few times this fall, but after picking up a classic leopard print scarf, it made a perfect Thanksgiving outfit. Comfy and cute - my kind of holiday dress!

22 comments:

Gail said...

It might be simple, but it is still stylish. Love the red.

Nanette said...

Cute!

jane said...

i imagine that's what's awesome about making your own clothes: being able to tailor stuff to fit correctly! fabulous!!

Karin said...

Super cute! It really suits you and looks so comfy too. Tempting to make it in other colours.

KID, MD said...

Very cute, and that is a great color!

The Lazy Housewife said...

Very cute! Seeing all your cute things makes me wish I could sew...and that I had more time!

Amanda S. said...

Really cute! I think the length looks perfect. I love the entire ensemble!

Vanessa said...

How gratifying to be able to quickly sew such a pretty garment! A perfect complement to your wardrobe for the holidays!

kenpen said...

Looks great. I think the length is perfect on you.

Rosie said...

You look fantastic (as always)!

Tasia said...

Cute! Like a tee-shirt, comfort-wise, but way more stylish!

A Sewn Wardrobe said...

I think the shorter-length was a good mistake! It's really flattering.

Anita (Summer Gypsy) said...

That dress looks fabulous on you and you've coordinated it so nicely with the animal print scarf and turtleneck... Very nice outfit.

p.s. I just happened upon your blog, and it's always fun to find new inspiration to follow.

Winnie said...

I think the shorter length looks very flattering on you! The red is super cute.

Handmade said...

Another great outfit - perfect!

Sherry said...

What a great wardrobe item you've made, it looks so chic with boots and a touch of leopard!

Feminist Gold Digger said...

Oh poor you...extra small! Ha!

Cennetta said...

What a cute little dress. Happy New Year!
C

MushyWear said...

Oh what a great looking dress with the tights and leopard print scarf. Red is a great color on you. PS Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving your thoughtful comments. So funny, the picture of my DH and I on our anniversary was taken at the restaurant Tommy Bahama's in Wailea!

Sheila said...

Hi Amber and Thanks for the lovely compliment on my dress.

Your dress looks great on you. I have that pattern and need to push it up on my to sewing list.

The baby gifts you've made are so adorable.

Susan said...

I would have never thought to pair that dress with the animal print scarf. I absolutely LOVE it!

What a great time you all had with family. How fabulous!

caterpillar said...

wow....very cute...