Pattern Review: Butterick 5707 Misses’ Dress and Belt
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This slender 1958 design was a precursor to the sleeker styles of the early ’60s. The front yoke is cut on the bias. In front, the sleeve is cut in one with the yoke; in back, it is cut with the bodice. The two views offer interesting details, including front shoulder pleats, a yoke seam opening for a bow to cinch the neckline, short sleeves, or three-quarter sleeves with elbow darts. The dress also has bust darts, and waist-shaping tucks and darts in the bodice and skirt, respectively. It is finished with a side zipper and a selffabric belt. The fit is ample though the bust and slim through the hips. The instructions are clear and accurate. Fabrics with body, strength, and drape are recommended, such as medium-weight crepe, stable knits with stretch, and wool crepe with spandex. The sample was sewn in a drapable cotton, underlined with cotton voile.
(Sized Misses’ 6-22 for busts 30.5-44 in. and hips 32.5-46 in.)
Sewing Tip: Line the neckline bow so that the fabric’s wrong side does not show when finished.
-Tested by Leslie Ashcraft, Tijeras, New Mexico
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Sewing tip: Line the neckline bow so that the fabric's wrong side does not show when finished.