Butterick 5707- Cuz it’s a Jolly Holiday with Annie!


You may know this already- I am a Disney dork. or Dorklet, if you prefer. During our annual pilgrimages to the Mouse Mecca, we always love- ok, I always love to eat at the Brown Derby and cruise on the Great Movie Ride. It combines my loves of old hollywood lore and Disney perfectly. I coo at the sight of movie props in the queue- like this carousel horse used in a particular movie I love ….carousel and then of course he MAJOR squealing starts when we get to his part of the ride: maryHad enough hints? This year the touring company of Mary Poppins is coming to Greenville and Mr B got tickets! Isn’t he the ginchiest? I am really blessed, I know. So I needed the perfect outfit that says Mary Poppins Glamour, right? I decided to go 1964 premiere red carpet instead of full-on suffragette…I did end up a little disappointed at the lack of theatre goers who rose to the occasion- Lord, I is tired of cowboy boots and mini skirts together. Sigh. I carried my foolish torch of theme alone.

Butterick 5707:5707Surprise, surprise- I couldn’t leave well enough alone and just follow instructions- I did my first frankenpattern- I like a full skirt (whether or not it likes me is irrelevant, doncha know) I pulled a separate retro pattern for a full crinoline lovin’ skirt. My only other change was that bow thing on the bodice just didn’t work out- so I ended up with the little cleavage mail slot for really no reason- not even the most intrepid pervert with a telescope could catch much flesh thru that porthole. Not even a tiny Indiana Jones could slide thru that opening successfully. I may widen it, or close it. I haven’t had the coin toss yet this morning.pop5Arrgh! My full length shots are a bit limited- my photog and I failed to notice the puppy pad in the corner- now THAT is photo bombing at its most basic! Once I got this all together, it felt like an awful lot of unrelieved color- I was concerned that if I put a doily on each elbow and one on my head, an old lady would try to put me by her fireplace as a divan for company. So I thought a little corsagy business would help. What do you think? I made it a separate piece in case I did want to go as a Davenport next Halloween without it. pop4No photo shoot is complete with out a little dachsie action, right? I mean, really- it is THEIR chair. IMG_2936Then there were two.IMG_2938But three is really best, don’t you think? I must say I love this, but I did have some fitting issues, as you can see- the sleeve style sort of baffled me at fitting time. I did not do the front gathers, as I was adding the full skirt, so I darted the back, but I think I need to go back and pull out a good bit of fullness under the arms- hopefully without ruining the shape. IMG_2918I really should have posed with a refrigerator, I am feeling very Betty Furness here. I read somewhere that she liked to flash her underpinnings at sock monkeys too. IMG_2923

photo credits: pattern review, google images,  meadhawg, allears.net

76 thoughts on “Butterick 5707- Cuz it’s a Jolly Holiday with Annie!

  1. Oh don’t fix anything it’s absolutely gorgeous on you! The colour is perfect and it is so flattering. Beautifully done! Now send it to meeeeeeeeee……

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  2. Oh what fun. I think for a first run through with a franken pattern no less, it looks wonderful and oh so festive. As to the dachsies, isn’t every chair theirs and they just let us use certain ones once in a while…..

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  3. Perfect color, perfect fit and love the corsage…OMG…are you sure you do not do acting or modeling on the side? Where do you find time from your real job to whip up all these great fashions? What fabric did you use?

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  4. Urgh, that sleeve style is always a mystery to me too. How fitted should it be?! However, the dress looks lovely! And you’re very lucky to get to go see Mary Poppins. Ms. Andrews was actually directing a show where I worked this past year and while I didn’t get to meet her, I got to stand a few feet from her and hear her lovely voice!

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  5. The dress looks so pretty on you! Would it be bad if I said that I have never seen Mary Poppins? And that I associate Mary Poppins with Arrested Development? “Do stay for the Poppins”

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  6. I work at a theatre & I love it when our patrons get dressed up – and awesome dress! Such a lovely colour. I’ve got that pattern. So tempted to try the short sleeve version now… must finish Christmas presents first though…

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    • I was a wardobe mistress a million years ago and my friends and I always tried to fit the shows we saw- this town may be too staid for it, perhaps! My husband loves it- he is always looking for the perfect pattern for me to wear to Brian Setzers next show!

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  7. I’ve been thinking about making a dress for an event in February, something dressier than an everyday dress. Your full skirt/taffeta combo is really making me lean toward going with those elements for my dress.

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    • Thank you! I was starting to feel like i was trapped in the Sears and Roebuck Christmas wish book with all those thin velour dresses and faux fur collars around me- I could smell the moth balls!

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  8. Ooh, gorgeous, love that color! I think the corsage was a good call. I love dressing up for stuff. I used to have a cheongsam (not sure it’s spelled right!) that I would wear to the opera…back when I could do that that sorta thing! :)

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  9. oh wow, you look gorgeous! the dress is lovely, and I really like the shoes and corsage paired with it. I’ve never understood the point of that little keyhole opening ;) I think the drapey neckline looks much nicer. And don’t get me started on mini skirts and boots… :)

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  10. Love this with a corsage. Beautiful dress and I like the little cleavage mail slot for really no reason. It all works from where I’m sitting.
    Luckily the puppies let you use their chair. They’re so cute!!!

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  11. A very jolly holiday with Annie looking stunning in that new dress! I saw the stage show of Mary Poppins when it was in Sydney – the dance numbers are spectacular – and it blew me away to discover I knew ALL the words to all of the songs!! A classic vindication of early childhood impact theories – we played the original sound track with the lovely Julie Andrews and chirpy Dick Van Dyke till the needle almost wore through the record! Hope you enjoy the show!

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  12. Loving this dress!
    And, by the by… I hope that you don’t mind, I’ve nominated you for a The One Lovely Blog Award / The Very Inspiring Blogger Award.
    I can’t find out where the idea originated but it seems a lovely way of thanking the creators of the blogs that I find the most enjoyable and inspiring.
    Thanks! My post about the award(s) is here

    http://pennylibrarian.wordpress.com/2012/12/14/a-noise-that-only-bats-and-dogs-can-hear/

    Pennyx

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  13. You were right to make the skirt a full one. It looks really good on you. And I’d go with the corsage it makes the dress even more special. You should be very proud!

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  14. I bought this pattern a while back to make a dress to wear to my mother in law’s wedding. Time’s running out and I’m scared and hesitating due to the large print and pattern repeat / potential for not enough fabric and my somewhat rusty sewing skills so I decided to goole some reviews and lo and behold the first one I find is yours! I don’t intend on altering it much so it should be pretty straight forward right? RIGHT?!

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