I really liked the look of Butterick 6388:
,,. and I have a tons of French Terry in my stash. I pulled out a lovely green french terry out of the stash and tossed it into the washer. Unfortunately, it came out with an issue at the fold line. So, this fabric became a definitely muslin fabric. I decided to make View C but changed the front slightly by putting a seam in it. Here's the result:
I actually liked the results enough to pulled another french terry in gray to make the dress. The dress as drafted was a little short for me so I added 6 inches to the length. Here is the results:
The dress is a little wrinkly as I have been in the car for a hour before taking the picture. Originally, I was decided about keeping the pockets. I had made a decision to use a lighter weight white knit as the pockets but they tend to show. So, I have decided to stitch the pockets closed and remove the extra bulk.
Basic pattern review:
I would rate this pattern as a quick and easy. It is a great little pattern with all of the options which could make a wardrobe builder. I made the XL size. Since I was using the french terry, I decided to use the reverse side of the french terry on the back yoke and the side front to add a little of interest to the dress. As previously mentioned, I added 6 inches to the length which I added following the length line on the side front and transferring that line to the front and back.
Will I make this again? Yes, I think I will make a top next spring/summer.
Fit - There was a couple of things with this pattern. I couldn't figure out how to fix a one of issue. An issue that I recently learned about is that I'm shorter between the shoulder and bust point than most patterns. I couldn't figure out how to make this alternation without affecting the sleeve which fit well. You can see that the dress really needs a dart. I chose not to try this alteration.
I did use my new serger for part of the construction on parts of both the top and the dress. It was fun getting to know the new equipment a little bit. I also tried the Maxi-Lock Stretch thread in the bobbin with a double-needle. This actually made a beautiful hem. No tunneling! Of course, some of that could be the sewing machine I was using. I hope that it survives the dryer. The Maxi-Lock stretch thread is nylon. Anyone know how it does in the dryer?
I purchased several cones of the stretch thread before I realized that it was nylon. In the future, I will invest in the polyarn in some basic colors so that I don't have to worry about melting in the dryer and/or ironing.