Thursday, June 11, 2015

Versatile Dress -- Butterick 6213

Butterick 6213

There's an ease and comfort to this dress 
accentuated by an asymmetrical line
of a zipper or buttons.

Actually the buttons are 
much easier to do than I thought.

In the past I've let myself be intimidated
by a row of small buttons.
And, they were exactly the right thing here
so I put on my 'detail' hat,
pinned the loops in place,
stitched them into the seam
and sewed on the buttons
while I watched a movie one night.
Easy peasy.

If you can find a zipper
that separates on both ends
you can play with the best look
of open or closed
to go with your mood of the day or night.

The left side of the zipper
(or button loops) 
fits easily into the seam allowance.
The zipper's right side
(or your buttons) 
stitches smoothly onto the fabric 
when you have fused on a strip of interfacing
to stabilize the back of fabric.

Fusible tape on right center front piece (pocket on top right).

This photo shows the tape
fused to the seam lines 
on the wrong side of 
one of the red dress's center front pieces.

Fusible web goes behind right side of separating zipper or row of buttons.

You will want to place fusible interfacing
behind the zipper or buttons,
in and out
of the seam lines.

I like to baste the zipper in place
before machine stitching 
so it doesn't move
(which makes me crazy).

Jan asked me straight off if she could
eliminate the zipper 
and the buttons
to keep the dress simple.
Of course.
Simply stitch everything together
where the zipper or buttons would go.
The options are all yours.

Please send me photos 
of your variations.
I love to see what you do!

The line drawing shows how flattering the dress is.

Butterick 6213 zipper version.

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