Pattern Review: Retro Butterick 6582 (The Roses Dress)

I have had the most astoundingly good time of late, and every time I take out the memories of it all, I feel so lucky and blessed to have such amazing people in my life.

It all started two weeks ago, when I had the best coffee date ever with the fabulous Julia Bobbin and a very special lady who we both have since admitted we have major crushes on, the brilliantly clever and talented Kristiann from Victory Patterns. The time flew as we sat and nattered with Kris and her partner Simon - as we left there were multiple hugs and cuddles all around, and many promises to meet up again as soon as geography allows us. Seriously, it was AWESOME!

But then lightning struck twice, in a totally good way when last weekend I got to have another coffee date with the inspiring and wonderful Carolyn, who was in town. It was such a pleasure to meet somebody whose blog I have admired and loved for a long time, and she is even more lovely in person than you can imagine. Now I have two girl crushes!

And just to make things a trifecta of fabulousness, I attended the very special and heart-warming wedding of Lara from Ink & Spindle to her husband Dave. I have been to a few weddings in my time, but this one will forever stand out for it's true and pure love. I got a wee bit teary during the ceremony because it was such an honour to watch the blossoming of love between two pretty brilliant people.

Well! When you are lucky enough to be invited to such a brilliant wedding, you've gotta make sure you have a good frock to wear! I had planned to wear my pink knitted dress, but time was against me, so I decided to go with Butterick 6582, aka the Roses Dress. And I am glad I did - with a petticoat borrowed from Miss Bobbin and my hair done nice, I felt perfectly glamorously attired!

Roses Dress #2

Roses Dress #4

Roses Dress #7

Roses Dress #6

This was a fun and easy dress to make. The bodice has facings, rather than bodice lining, but it wasn't too hard at all to put in. With 8 darts around the bodice, you are guaranteed a pretty nice fit, and I love the super full skirt!

The only change I made was to use an invisible zipper, rather than a dress one, which wasn't exactly a monumental alteration. I quite like the crossed over bodice - good for us girls with not much going on in the bust department! And this dress is so comfortable to wear than I am seriously thinking of making another, with the straight skirt.

Yup, very happy with this one. I think I can chalk it up on the winner's board!

Project Details
Pattern - Butterick 6582 (Retro Butterick)
Fabric - 2.2m stretch cotton sateen from Rathdowne Fabrics and Remnants
Notions - 45cm invisible zipper, interfacing for bodice facings

Claire  – (2:35 pm)  

This is beeeeautiful! The rose print is amazing, and I love the neckline. And your hair is equally awesome!

lisa g.  – (2:51 pm)  

gorgeous all around! i love a giant floral print, and these roses are just fab.

Neeno  – (2:56 pm)  

OMG this dress is fantastic! I am dying over the floral cotton sateen <3<3<3
I just used the 6582 bodice as well, mine needs to go up a size.
Love the hair!!

Seamstress Erin  – (2:58 pm)  

How striking! Love it! And I love the way you styled your hair. How do you do that?

Jorth!  – (3:04 pm)  

Thanks Erin!

I have pretty long hair now, so I put it in a super high pony tail, right on the top of my head. I then teased it until it was full and crazy fluffy, then sort of wrapped it around itself, stuck in a billion bobby pins to make it stay on my head, and sprayed a heck of a lot of hairspray on it. Voila – big hair!

Sona  – (3:06 pm)  

the neckline is looking really good. and your hair looks fab. :-)

Jane  – (3:39 pm)  

Smashing frock! (I don't normally say 'smashing' but it seems to fit the bill for this fabulousness!)

Anna  – (4:03 pm)  

An absolutely stunning dress. Perfect for a wedding.

kgirlknits  – (4:09 pm)  

love it! and your hair looks fab-oh!!

Fabric Tragic  – (9:28 pm)  

Fab outfit and hair! Glad life is good!

Fabric Tragic  – (9:29 pm)  

Fab outfit and hair! Glad life is good!

mokosha  – (9:31 pm)  

that dress is beautiful! and suits you so well, too

Virginie  – (10:57 pm)  

Just fantastic, you look so great and that dress is wonderful!

Alice  – (11:34 pm)  

Such a beautiful dress. Very elegant (but not boring!) You look fabulous!

We have matching hair (at least we did at the weekend). I was bumping my hair on things all day, it was so tall! I keep thinking I'll cut it short again, as it suits me better, but then I couldn't do all my interesting hairstyles. Your hair really suits you.

Summer Flies  – (11:51 pm)  

I have been waiting to see this dress after the teaser... it does not disappoint. Beautiful.

sallie oleta barbee  – (12:59 am)  

gorgeous!! love the print & pattern combo! And your styling with your hair is just superb! the icing on the cake!

Gingham Ginger  – (4:58 am)  

You look amazing! Great job on the dress. Are you still going to finish the other dress or will it be an undone project?

Julia Bobbin  – (8:50 am)  

GASP! You and the dress look stunning! You would have stolen the show at the wedding in that number, and your hair and make up look incredible!

You are awesome lady!

sewmanju  – (10:34 am)  

You look gorgeous! Love the whole look.

Sew Hopeful  – (12:19 pm)  

Oh Wow! Love love love - the fabric and the pattern and well everything. I always really love your fabric choices and this one is just beautiful.

AlmondRock  – (8:13 pm)  

Sounds like a wonderful week! The dress is magnificent. I'm glad to see (and hear you say) the dress doesn't make you feel flat chested as that was putting me off from the envelope line drawings. You've renewed my interest!

poppykettle  – (10:14 pm)  

Leisl you look Amazing!!! I love the feeling a full skirted dress gives... and I can definitely see it in you :) A gorgeous floral print too - perfect for a wedding!

Balles Bazaar  – (6:50 am)  

You look amazing. Beautiful dress. I also really like the cross over bodice. Just beautiful.

Carolyn  – (7:01 pm)  

Oh!! your dress looks completely and utterly fabulous!! I love it over a gloriously big petticoat like that. And your hair looks beautiful too.
It was so nice to meet you and Julia too, thanks for those kind words. We'll have to be sure to meet up again, I enjoyed our morning tea together so much!

Erin i-heart-fabric  – (9:14 pm)  

Wow this dress is just gorgeous the style is amazing and perfect for a wedding. You would have looked beautiful as in these photos!! It's so nice to hear you have been catching up with fellow bloggers and enjoying yourself. xoxo

Gail  – (8:02 am)  

My, my that is lovely. Watch out that you don't outshine the bride!

Jodi Wade  – (11:09 am)  

Ahhhh! So beautiful!! I love this dress! That fabric is WONDERFUL.

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