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B5030 Wrap Dress


Butterick B5030 Wrap Dress

I haven’t found as much time to blog recently as I would have liked. I don’t get hung up about it – despite (or perhaps because of) working as a project manager, I prefer to be fairly unorganised in my own time and don’t like to plan ahead very far. However, I do really enjoy blogging and miss it, as with sewing or knitting, when I’m not finding the time. I’ve always enjoyed writing; when I was younger I wrote stories, plays, diaries. Currently I only write this blog, and while writing dressmaking blog posts is pretty far from working on a story or play, I think for me, it satisfies the same urge.

Butterick B5030 Wrap Dress

I did think about starting to keep a diary again, but decided that if Phil kept a diary (not going to happen, but still) I would be seriously, seriously tempted to read it, despite that basically being beyond the pale. I couldn’t keep a diary if I thought there was any chance of anyone else reading it, as I have to feel totally free to express myself in a way that otherwise only takes place inside my own head (I have previously destroyed diaries after finishing with them, as I don’t even want to read them back myself). I decided that if I would be tempted to read Phil’s (imaginary) diary, maybe he would be tempted to read mine – so have decided to abstain. This is despite the fact that I suspect Phil wouldn’t actually have the slightest bit of curiosity, as shown by the fact that he never, ever reads this blog – even though he is mentioned in it.

Butterick B5030 Wrap Dress

Anyhow, that was a very long winded route to informing you that I am only just blogging these photos taken during our holiday to Amsterdam back in July. Sticking with the theme of delayed blog posts, I sewed this wrap dress as part of the Wrap Dress Sewalong McCall’s hosted in February 2015, I actually finished the dress during the sewalong time frame but it’s taken me a year and a half to blog it.

This is Butterick B5030, Version E with collar, long sleeves and cuffs. The size of the collar and cuffs gives this a vintage (70s) vibe.

Butterick B5030 Wrap Dress

I remember practically nothing about the construction of this dress, but can report back on wearability. It’s quite low cut on me, so I typically pin it closed (I have been planning to add a hidden button, but it’s unlikely to ever actually happen). The wrap skirt gives pretty good coverage, although it does need an underskirt on a breezy day – which could also be resolved by a hidden button, if I didn’t find those kind of useful sewing tasks boring. The fit is pretty good on me straight out of the packet and it’s extremely comfy to wear.

Butterick B5030 Wrap Dress

This fabric is a jersey I purchased from Stitch at the Sewing for Pleasure show at the NEC. I used the leftover fabric to make a blouse.

Butterick B5030 Wrap Dress

And now to bed, as I’m off to London early tomorrow morning.

Butterick B5030 Wrap Dress

Butterick B5030 Wrap Dress

Butterick B5030 Wrap Dress

Butterick B5030 Wrap Dress

Butterick B5030 Wrap Dress

Butterick B5030 Wrap Dress

Butterick B5030 Wrap Dress


Author: Charlotte

Sewist, crafter & blogger, based in Birmingham, England. I'm spending the year growing and gathering to create natural dyes and enhance my sewing projects. Find me at www.englishgirlathome.com

5 thoughts on “B5030 Wrap Dress

  1. Omg I’m glad I’m not the only one!!! My fella doesn’t read my blog either! Everyone else in my family does but he’s just says he doesn’t like sewing so why would he?

    Love this dress



  2. You got such an absolutely perfect fit on the dress! And the holiday pictures are gorgeous.

  3. Super dress, the colour looks fab on you.

  4. I love everything about this dress – the fabric, the style, and the fit. You look gorgeous in it.

  5. A lovely dress, so elegant and flattering. I know how you feel about your free time. I’m sure my friends think I’m a very disorganised person, but I just spend too much time bringing order to things at work and try to avoid it at home!

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