sewing for me [butterick B5637]

I love picking up patterns for $1 when Joanns has them on sale.  I picked up Butterick B5637 and was just waiting for some great fabric.
I found this fabric at girlcharlee.com and thought it would be perfect.

Retro Wallpaper Floral Cotton Jersey Blend Knit Fabric

The pattern was pretty straight forward and pretty easy to sew.  I like the neckline, although I didn't like that I had to hand sew it with a slip stitch to finish it.

The big problem with it was that the top section turned out way too big.  I cut out an extra large in the d-cup.  If I make it again, I will still cut a d-cup but probably make a medium.  It was so huge and I had to take a bunch in on the sides, but I couldn't tell that it was too big until it was already pieced together.  The sides turned out a bit weird and bulky.

I also don't know if it's the most flattering fit for me as it seems to make me look extra wide.  I think that's why I'm more of a skirt person and not really a dress person.  Or maybe I just need to find a good belt to go with the outfit.

The fabric was great to work with, easy to cut out and easy to sew.  It ruffled nicely and is so so comfy.

Here's the finished product.  Yes, it's a sleeveless dress, but the interwebs do not need to see my bare arms. 

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  1. I love that print! Love the way you styled it with the jacket and boots. I must say, I am always amazed at the difference a good wide belt can make with how flattering something is. Go belts!

  2. love it, girl! you did a fantastic job!

  3. This is so cute! It would be awesome if you linked this up over at our blog. http://shaffer-sisters.blogspot.com/2013/05/make-for-mom-link-up.html
    Hope to see you there!
    with love,

  4. Hooray for $1 JoAnns patterns! Great dress!

  5. I love the Joann's pattern sales too! I have noticed that simplicity does not always have the most accurate sizing. I try to read reviews before sewing with them so I can anticipate adjustments. I think the dress looks great. I love the way you styled it with the jacket and the boots.