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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Completed Project: FUFO

Sue from Sewin' Steady says it's a FUFO - a finished unfinished object!  Butterick 4355 Dress completed!

It came out well, but retains some deeply set wrinkles from its time in the bag as a UFO.  I've pressed and pressed and they seem to come back.  I'm gonna let it stay on Betsy for a few days and see if then I can steam them out. 

As I mentioned previously, the back vent needed some reinforcement, so I put in a decorative little diamond.

This was not designed by the pattern company to be a fully lined dress, but the fabric was very lightweight, so I made it fully lined.  As I anticipated, it is snug, as I cut it a few years ago when I was a little thinner.  I'm working hard to get back there, so hopefully it will fit well soon.  All in all a success!

My plan is to complete an upcycle or two, do one of my new vintage patterns, and then return to the UFO pile to complete the jacket that I cut to go with this dress.


  1. It looks lovely, such a nice fabric - does it fit well too? Would you use the pattern again?

    1. It is very snug. I cut this a couple of years ago, and had I sewn it then it would have fit. I let myself gain a few pounds, so now I'm trying hard to lose them. Then everything will fit better! I would definitely use the pattern again. It's a great wardrobe builder because it has a jacket and a skirt as well as the dress.