Thursday 8 October 2015

I See Red

Yes, it's a whole lotta red! This is Gertie's Butterick 5953. I wasn't overly keen on this pattern at first, the cover photo on the packet didn't really do it justice but when I saw Amy's version (from Sew Amy) I knew I had to make one for myself.

Both the main red fabric and the black are a stretch cotton drill which I was a little afraid might be too thick for this dress but it's actually fine and with a bit of pressing everything seems to sit quite nicely.

I was a bit nervous about the front bands and the godet as I've never sewn one before but the instructions were very clear and it was quite simple in the end. The sleeves were a bit fiddly and I ended up with a bit of puckering but after a few too many attempts I decided to live with it.

I cut a size 8 and graded the hips out to just between size 10 and 12. Having worn it the other night though, I decided to take it in at the hips and the fit is way better now. Overall it didn't require many fitting changes and was a fairly straight forward make - I'm really happy with the end result.

And now I shall leave you with a link to one of my favourite songs from the past - "I See Red" by Split Enz - I'm not sure how far their popularity spread but for those who don't know this is what Crowded Houses' Finn brothers were doing before they grew up!


  1. Your dress is gorgeous! I love the black godet and buttons, and the fit looks fab. I seem to have a weakness for anything with buttons to one side!

    1. Thanks Lynne! Yay for garments with buttons on the side - I need more!

  2. I'm a Kiwi living in the UK and just stumbled across your blog today. I was browsing your posts and found one called "I See Red" which I just had to click on as it's one of my favourite songs and I was curious . . . Needless to say I laughed when I saw you'd posted a video of that song!

    Love your dress and all the other things I've seen on your blog so far :-) Excuse me, I must go now as I have to check out more of your makes!

  3. Hi Amarantha. That's so cool - it's such a brilliant song! I love the way music (and sewing!) can connect people. Thanks for checking out my blog.