Man. This dress took forever to sew and finish. Not even entirely because I’ve got a mere few weeks left til my thesis needs to be sent to my committee to review before I defend, though that has been a large factor. No, this dress turned into a monster project that never wanted to end. First, there’s just a lot of fabric so it’s kindof a heavy dress (also it’s made of denim…), there are a ton of seams and corners to fit in just right (they didn’t all fit in just right) and top stitching on almost everything.
I was doing really good sewing this up just a little at a time to relieve some school related stress, I even got it totally hemmed. Then I went looking for buttons and the trouble started. I found the most awesomely perfect purple buttons ever! But dumb old Hancocks only had 8 buttons, I needed 12… I asked one of the worker-ladies (knowing the answer already) if they had more. No, they don’t keep inventory stock, but they do get new shipments every week. So I went back twice hoping they’d gotten more. No. I finally searched and found Pacific Trims (in New York, why is it called Pacific Trims when it’s next to the Atlantic?) had the same buttons. Then my pile of buttons sat on my desk for several more weeks before I finally got back to it.
But I finally finished it! And I think I look pretty damn good in it too, if I may say so myself!
Pattern: Butterick 5598 by Suzi Chin Maggy Boutique
Pattern Description: Close-fitting, lined, above mid-knee length dresses A, B have double-breasted front button opening, raglan cap sleeves, upper front and back seams, front and back pleats, side pockets, collar variations, carriers and belt, topstitch trim.
Pattern Sizing: 8-14 (or 16-24), I made a 10
Fabric Used: Purple stretch denim for the exterior and facings, quilting cotton and acrylic lining for the lining. All the top stitching and buttons holes probably would have worked better without the stretch, but nothing is ruined.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes
Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes, I tried my best to follow them too because I’m not used to making trench coats or dresses. I messed up on clipping the collar area, but I fudged it to look ok. This is definitely not a beginner pattern though.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I like that it’s a classic trench dress design and all the top stitching really makes it feel like a real trench. The collar is a little big for me. The sleeves and arm holes bother me a little – the sleeves stick out (but there’s no way I’m unpicking all that top stitching to take them in!) and the arm holes feel low. I can live with it.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: None
Would you sew it again? Probably not because it’s kindof an involved make, not difficult, it just took a while. Maybe in a few years if I feel the need for another trench dress (because I doubt it will go out of style anytime soon) in a different color.
Would you recommend it to others? Yes!