I was excited to see that the the July project for the Sew-Along Dinner Date Dresses group on FaceBook was Butterick 5456... this pattern was in my pattern stash just waiting to get noticed!
And so was the fabric.....the white textured knit had been ordered from Fabric.com in 2011, and the blue ITY print purchased around the same time, I think. LOL!
What a fun summer dress. Love the keyhole opening in the back, with those sweet ties.
I chose not to add the band at the bottom hem as the skirt ITY fabric was quite a bit
lighter than the more beefy white textured knit. Actually, I initially cut this out with the longer
maxi dress length, but I liked it better short.
As always, I altered the bodice with a 1 inch FBA, and added 1 inch to the bodice length.
The pattern calls for a lined bodice, so I used the same bodice fabric as lining, which worked well.....except for the fact that the FBA resulted in a gaping armhole, which I took care of with a small dart coming out of the armsyce. I'll be sure to add this correction to the pattern itself for next time.
Also, I did not add elastic to the waist as the pattern called for.
Not sure how I feel about the cut on "cap" sleeve.