B6312 Dress & Jumpsuit Sewing Pattern Review – with Nikki from Stitch Sisters
Nikki is part of the fabulous vlogger duo Stitch Sisters. www.youtube.com/stitchsisters She shares her version of this issue’s Butterick pattern gift which comes with Issue 61 of Love Sewing – you can order a copy online (scroll to the end of this post to buy a copy from us now through our online shop) or buy it on the newstands while stocks last.
Nikki’s Review of B6312
When Editor Amy from Love Sewing asked if I would review Butterick 6312, its newest pattern gift, I couldn’t have been happier! I love a jumpsuit and had planned to make a special one for the Christmas party season, so this fitted in with my sewing plans beautifully.
I chose this stunning teal satin backed crêpe from Minerva Fabrics, which is ex-Prada stock. (Available in 28 colours, £13.99 per metre www.minervacrafts.com).The quality of this fabric was beyond even my wildest dreams and the colour is so vivid. The satin back means that it is as nice on the inside to wear as it looks on the outside.
I decided to go down a size as there is a lot of ease built into the pattern and I preferred a slightly slimmer fit. It is just two pattern pieces and the construction couldn’t have been simpler. You do need to add a zip in the centre back but this is well explained in the pattern.
I saw online that someone had altered the back into a V-neckline as well, which meant they could shimmy in and out of the jumpsuit without the zip, so that might be something to try.
I also added 4” of length to the leg as I am quite tall and I wanted it to fall a few inches above my ankles, it is winter after all! If you are long in the body I would advise lengthening through the bodice too. All in all, its a quick, simple pattern, ideal for a beginner or someone short on sewing time.
I chose to add some quirky detail with a leopard print belt (and shoes!) but you could also make a matching belt from your fabric. It makes a perfect base to show off some fun accessories, or as tunning fabric. You should ideally look for fabric with a lovely drape to it so your dress or jumpsuit will be just fabulous and party ready. Time to hit the dance floor!
Say hello to Nikki and see more of her solo sewing adventures at Sodbury Sewing!
More B6312 Reviews!
More great reviews of this easy-to-sew versatile dress and jumpsuit pattern!
What Katie Sews – we love it in polka dots! And Katie has a tutorial for how to omit the zip by altering the back neckline. GENIUS!
Frivolous at Last – sinching in the waist with a feature belt works really well.
Nore Poka Dots! This pattern looks great on plus size figures too. The dressmaking pattern size range is from 4 through to 26 – when you buy a copy of the magazine you get the exclusive double stuffed pattern allowing us to have this amazing wide range in sizes in just one envelope.