Thursday, 19 January 2017

First Make of 2017! B6333

Happy New Year!

Despite the busy past couple of months (turning 40, best friend visiting from New York, Christmas, school holidays etc) I did manage to squeeze in some sewing.

My first make of the year is Butterick 6333, a classic shirt dress.

Overall experience:

The pattern says that it's easy, and it is.  Maybe not for a beginner, but an easy sew for those with some experience and a good way to learn new skills (collar and buttons) for newbies.

My adjustments:

I added 23 cm (9 inches) to the skirt length as I wanted it to hit below the knee.  Based on my measurements I added 1.5cm to the bodice length, however had to remove it.  Then I entered a sizing parallel universe...I cut out the size which corresponded with my measurements but it was huge!  I ended up taking out about 5cm (2 inches) on either side and bringing in the shoulders 2cm (almost an inch) as they hung off my reasonably average shoulders. 

Does this happen to anyone else?  You cut out your size based on the pattern measurements, but then it's huge?  Oh well, better too big than too small I guess!

Fabric used:

I used a gifted cotton lawn.  The fabric is very lightweight so I lined the front of the bodice (not in the instructions).  I possibly would have lined the skirt, but ran out of lining fabric!  After having worn it, I think it's fine without lining.

Would I make it again?:

Yes.  I love the timeless classic style and it has pockets (which, as you know, I add to just about everything but it was nice they were part of the design!).  Despite all the adjustments I had to make it was worth it and will be much smoother sewing next time. 

Happy Sewing!!


  1. Love it and thank you for posting adjustment details. I adore the longer length too. I have found I use Items in my closet to check pattern sizing . Especially in length issues. This makes me want to sew. Now to do it ❤. Oh and pockets yes yes yes ��

    1. Thank you for your kind words my friend! I love this style of dress and will be making another one! x Allison

  2. Another fantastic dress that I can foresee you wearing again and again. And sounds like you've been busy...Happy 40th!

    1. Thank you Beth!! If it wasn't SO HOT at the moment this one would be on high rotation. I'll be making at least one more, perfect for our non-freezing Aussie winters! xox Allison

  3. I love this dress! It looks really classy but very comfortable too. Also totally in love with the raspberry color of the dress! Makes me look even more forward to spring. :-)
    All the best,