Butterick 5731 Brocade Dress

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While it’s not a big deal to find some natural fabrics for a casual dress, it becomes nearly impossible to pick a non-synthetic material for evening wear. One option is to buy a really expensive silk fabric, but the amount of budget-friendly options are barely noticeable. That’s why as soon as I saw this floral brocade I decided to turn it into an evening dress.
It’s not only a beautiful fabric, but it’s also a very well behaved one too. It survived the pre-wash with no problems at all. And it presses like a dream! The only thing to keep in mind is that you should be careful to not breathe in all of the golden thread particles that are flying around as you cut it.

When I picked the fabric I still wasn’t 100% sure about the final project. I was choosing between a boned strapless one and something more simple. I ended up risking it and choosing the complicated option with a corset. The pattern I picked was a Butterick 5731 which was designed to replicate the Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding dress. I used only the bodice pieces and I must say I’m not going to use them again. It seems like all of the multiple cup options patterns simply don’t work for me and require lots of alterations. And that’s considering that I barely alter any of the Butterick patterns, and it’s never about the actual fit! As for the skirt, I drafted a simple full circle one.

For my corset, I used a regular cotton poplin. It contains 2 layers of cotton, one of which is interfaced with iron on cotton interfacing. The boning cases were made in the simplest possible way - by sewing two rows of stitches on top of all the layers. I used plastic boning of two sizes. And some bra cups, of course! I made the mistake of inserting them first, which made it very difficult to sew around. Keep that in mind and try to attach them as one of the last steps

I used:

Floral Brocade Fabric in Black & Gold
Butterick Wedding Dress Pattern 5731
Hemline Padded Bra Cups

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