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  • Ruthmarie Tenorio

Gingham Summer Dress | July '22

Updated: Feb 22, 2023

For this post, I am sharing a pattern favorite of mine. It's very versatile and easy to hack!

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Butterick B4669 was designed by Gretchen Hirsch who owns Charmed Patterns. It is a tea-length pinafore-style dress with pockets, pleats, and optional sleeves. I would highly recommend this pattern for sewists who are transitioning from beginner to intermediate sewing. It lends very well to quilting cotton and has some intermediate-level sewing features such as the pleated skirt. However, if you want to simplify the pattern as I have, you can omit the v cutout on the bodice and gather the skirt instead of pleating it.

This is the third time I sew this dress and there are a few adjustments that I made to the original pattern to better fit my body. I tend to make all of these adjustments to patterns with fitted bodices. The adjustments are as follows:

  • Sway back adjustment

  • Lengthened the bodice by 1/2"

  • Lower the armhole by 1"

  • Adjusted the angle of the side bust dart

  • Lengthened the bottom bust dart by 1".

The skirt length is perfect for me. I am 5'4" which is usually the standard height used for the big 4 pattern companies.

For this make, I wanted to play around with embellishments. I hand-stitched a white lace trim with a black velvet trim to the neckline. This was the most time-consuming part of the project. Unlike what I used, I highly suggest using a stretch velvet ribbon to help with curves. I was able to manipulate the curve with the hand stitching, but as you can see in this video, the curve is not as precise to the neckline as I would like it to be.

I hope this post was insightful. If you wish to give this pattern a try, feel free to tag me on IG @The.Vintage.Raven. I would love to see your unique version.

Until the next make, take care | Ruthmarie <3


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