Category: Dressmaking

New project – Butterick B5951 pattern

new project leopard print dress

This is the pattern for the first dress I ever made. I was supposed to pick an easy dress to take to a weekend class at a local college (in my defence it says it’s an easy pattern on the back of the pack). I don’t think the tutor was too impressed, but she helped me make it and it turned out ok. I took the pattern into my local Fabricland and asked their help explaining my situation. This was many many years ago, 2013 I think, before I knew anything about sewing and before I went to university. They weren’t particularly helpful in the shop (online they have given great customer service). The member of staff clearly was irritated that I didn’t really know anything, wasn’t sure what fabric to buy for the pattern, etc and it was obvious she just wanted to get rid of me. She ended up selling me a thick cotton twill fabric that was way too heavy for this pattern and my tutor wasn’t too happy, but it kind of ended up working, thanks to my tutor. I have to admit, I’ve never worn the dress, so that probably says everything about it really. It’s just bulky and not the most comfortable to wear. I’ll probably upcycle it into something else at some point.

Anyway, I have decided to give the pattern another go! I love the design and I am comfortable sewing now to a certain extent. I wanted to sew myself a dress in leopard print fabric and thought this design would work well (I’m sewing style C).

I bought the fabric from Pound Fabrics in May last year. I bought 10 metres for £10 (so I should have quite a lot left!) It’s a polyester fabric (which I would probably avoid now, but it was in my stash waiting to be used). It has a copyright printed on it saying ‘Copyright Gerry Weber Art – 70900 Season 2142-K4’ I have googled Gerry Weber and it is a clothing company, so I’m assuming this is left over fabric sold to the retailer to sell on?

I’m excited to get going with it!