Black and White Striped wrap bodice dress – Butterick 5950

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Ever since I sewed up my leopard print version of this dress I knew I would sew it again and again. This is a pattern I desperately searched for as it was OOP by the time I “discovered” it. Thankfully one of my amazing sewsistas had this pattern in her stash and gifted me with it. I was so thrilled when I truly ended up loving this pattern as much as I thought I would.

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This go around I decided to go for a sleeveless version of View C. I was inspired by none other than Mimi G to make this copycat B&W Striped version. I went for sleeveless because it’s hot here in the south and I really hate sleeves in the summer. I lined the bodice whole dress for two reasons. One, my ITY was a little thin and I was concerned about it being see thru. And two I find it gives the whole dress a clean look. I could almost wear this dress inside out, well if I hadn’t used mitch-matched afraid for the lining. I was lazy and didn’t hand stitch the lining bodice to the skirt but other than the seam at the waistline there are no visible seams from the inside.

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The only thing I was disappointed about was I could not for the life of me get the stripes to line up properly. My excuse is that this ITY was rather slippery and no matter how many pins I used I could get the fabric to stop shifting. I wish I had omitted the back seam since I knew I wasn’t going to install the zipper. Sadly while I was cutting my fabric I was following the pattern piece instructions rather than my notes on this pattern. In the end it’s not TERRIBLE and I will still wear it (I already have) but I will think of it each time I wear it.

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Pattern: Butterick 5950 (OOP) View C minus sleeves

Pattern Description: Close-fitting dress has neckline and pleat variations, elasticized (seamed) waist, and invisible back zipper. A&B:drape neck and side bodice pleats C:bias front wrap bodice.

Sizing: I cut a 12 bodice/ 14 skirt. B5(8-10-12-14-16), F5(16-18-20-22-24)

Difficulty:  2/easy

Fabric Used: B&W stripe ITY from Hancocks Flat Fold table

Does it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope? Yes

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes, they were straightforward.

Likes: wrapped bodice, pleated skirt

Dislikes: None

Pattern alterations or any design changes made: I omitted the zipper because I used a stretchy ITY knit. Next time I will likely add an inch to the bodice and subtract an inch from the skirt to lower the waist. I also added a lining to the bodice and skirt because I was concerned my ITY was thin.

Would I sew it again? Definitely. I still want to try View A.

Would I recommend it to others? Yes although this pattern is out-of-print

Conclusion: Very easy and quick dress to sew up (especially if your fabric is stretchy enough to omit the zipper)

Total Cost: $7.43

1.5 yds B&W striped ITY  @ 4.95/yd = $7.43

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