Butterick  6166 the bird is the word!

Welcome, welcome! This morning I’m here in animal print that may be cheetah, may be bird of paradise- wait- is that just a plant or is it a actual bird? Hmm…Google time….ok: 
Well….I think I’ve made a flame backed woodpecker frock! Top that, fluffy peach bird!
This pattern came together so easily and so fast- it felt like it was supposed to happen! As opposed to my usual sews that feel like I’m wrestling the worst fabric choice and pattern to death.

Time for my usual rant: knit fabric with a back zip? Really? Can someone explain that? Is it a big4/talon company hush hush deal? Look how smug this model looks- grinning the smug grin of the hipless.


I couldn’t delete the center back seam- it curves to fit my lack of fanny. It’s actually so flat back there I was able to skip the fish eye darts over the hips.

This is my first scuba knit dress- I was nervous about using it- will I look like a scuba wrapped bag of clementines? Will it cling like an old boyfriend from high school? These things keep me I my linen tunic zone.

I like a shroudy business about my hips- this dress may end up in the ‘I never wear it, it’s effort full with all that sucking in and crying’ corner of the closet. See how skeptical I look here?  Thats partly due to trying to take dachshundless pictures. I can feel them on the other side of the door- gathering Helmutt up to use as their stooge battering ram. He probably volunteered.


I manipulated the waist sashy business in an attempt to stay out of the girdle zone and well, look, I’m a big girl and it’s alot of print and I’m still not totally sold on this.


It will be a good work dress- for maybe when I am presenting stats and want the distraction of the entire audience thinking, ‘is that a flame backed woodpecker print?’ or maybe they will be thinking, ‘where did she find Dr Martens to match that mess??’


Whatever- if it distracts from my math- its a good thing! **

Now, this dress is very comfortable, but could it be as comfortable as our 1st Jungle January  post from Graca? I think not!

Photo credits: little me, pattern review, google images. All images remain the property of the original owners.

** Don’t worry Father, I don’t really have a Mr Darcy hoof tat.

55 thoughts on “Butterick  6166 the bird is the word!

  1. Darling dress and love the longer curly hair too. You have the confidence to wear such a print and can certainly get away with it no matter whether you are conducting a meeting or just keeping them guessing as to whether what came first, the dress or the shoes!


  2. If you think you need to tone down the print, may I suggest a cream colored cardigan? Whenever I feel overwhelmed by a print, it doesn’t usually go away, and then I don’t wear it. The shape and style are amazing on you though, so definitely keep this one in the make again pile!!


  3. Anne, I love this dress! Great pattern, I like the waist detail and the fabric is SO fun! I think it’s perfect on you, what a great fit. And, your matching shoes….you must tell me where you got those shoes. Or, I send Kitty in to cavort and plot with the dogs to steal them.

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  4. danvillegirl says:

    I think this is lovely! It is a great fitting dress and love the shoes with it. Don’t let this hang in your closet it is too pretty for the world not to see!


  5. It looks great! I love it!

    And Jungle January? It’s January already. Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear. Actually, I already have mine done but getting pictures taken – that’s the challenge.

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  6. idaaidasewing says:

    Wow, this is so beautiful and it suits you perfectly!! You still have doubts about this dress?, I love the fabric you used, so unique, it stands out!!


  7. redsilvia says:

    I’d call the print cheetahpecker and leave it there. I think it looks cute and hope you wear it. FYI, I’d rip those shoes off your body and run. Not ashamed.

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  8. Lynn says:

    Love the colourway on you! I’m new to your blog, and enjoying it so very much! Thank you for sharing, reviewing and entertaining us! 🙂 I’m off to check out the other blogs ladies here have….what fun!!


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