Comfy Womfy: Butterick 6210

Of course, the best laid plans of mice and men often go awry by ooh shiny! That’s the quote right?

Directly after I made my plans for the remainder of the summer, I started making a muslin of M6754. It’s okay. It has an issue with the raglan sleeve so there are a few more adjustments to do. Frustrating for an easy knit dress, but par for the course with my chest. I’ve never done raglan sleeve adjustments before, though, so I haven’t tackled the issue, but I did get tons of advice from fellow sewcialists.

I decided I just wanted to make something and not really worry about fit. Purely comfort. Enter B6210:

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The dress has a loose fitting blousey top with elastic waist and straight skirt. There’s also a faux drawstring on it. I’m really not pleased that thing is a faux drawstring. I guess I didn’t read the pattern description right to see it was just attached on the front. I want a real drawstring dammit! Next time I make this, I will figure out how to add that. Shouldn’t be too difficult. It’s just a matter of making two buttonholes and a long string and putting it in when I do the elastic. This time, though, I decided not to add work.

Fabric requirements are challis, jersey, and rayon for this. Basically fabrics with a nice drape. I chose a  rayon knit fabric I got during my adventures in Hamilton. Gillian pointed the fabric out and said she made something for her sister with it. The minute I touched the fabric, I knew I had to have it for secret pajamas. This fabric is so soft. I just want to wrap myself in it and cocoon.

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I used the top from view D and the bottom from view C for this dress. Or, at least, the bottom started as view C. It ended up being really really long. I cut out a size 28W and the old plus sized means giant amazon rule of patterns and fashion came into play. It was supposed to be knee length, but ended up mid-calf length. I guess I am short…

I chopped off several inches from the bottom to make it a little bit above the knee and then I serged the hem instead of bothering folding it under. It did end up a little bit shorter than I wanted, but it’s good for leggings.

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Because I was using a knit fabric, I chose to make knit binding for the sleeves and the neckline rather than use bias tape. I used the same method for both sleeves and neckline and serged the binding on and then top stitched with my machine.

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I am surprised with this pattern that the armholes aren’t horribly oversized. They are big, but not hilariously so as is my experience when I choose my “size” based on my full bust measurement instead of high bust and then do a full bust adjustment. I was prepared to wear a camisole underneath this and have it show, but I don’t need to worry about that. The armholes provide enough coverage for me.

I didn’t have an issue with my serger loving this fabric. Rochester did his part in no time, but Jane Eyre, my sewing machine, freaked the hell out with the fabric. The elastic waistband is incredibly messy inside. It’s messy outside, too, but hidden by the fabric gathering. Although, the messiness and some rolling of the elastic makes that gathering a little odd looking. If I could have figured out how to do this entirely on my serger I would have. It doesn’t so coverstitch so I had no clue what to do. If I ever work with fabric like this again, I will try out the walking foot to hopefully keep Jane from eating the fabric.

I also will be getting better elastic next time. I used some stuff from my stash and it rolls like crazy. It works fine for pj pants, but for some reason really doesn’t work for this dress. Maybe a bad package… I need to get the good stuff for the boxer shorts I am making for my husband, too. I don’t want them to roll on him and be uncomfortable.

Because of the drapiness of the fabric, the pockets also drape a little oddly. I decided not to both caring about this for a comfy dress. I didn’t spend a lot of time at all thinking about the fit, which was nice for a comfy dress. It’s honestly just lovely to wear. So comfy and soft.

That’s about all to say for the dress. Here’s the photoshoot:

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In other news, I am slowing getting set up in my new sewing space. Once the space is all done, I will take you on a tour of it and show you how I organized things and made the smaller space work for me. 🙂 I’m excited to see the result.

TL:DR Review

  • Pattern: B6210
  • Pros: It’s a fast & easy pattern just like the envelop claims. Armholes are actually not oversized like most Butterick patterns for me.
  • Cons: In the plus sizes, this is a very tall pattern and will require major shortening. If you are tall, this is not a con!
  • Make again?: Absolutely! I would love to find a nice woven rayon fabric for the next one and the striped duvet fabric in my plans would also work well as it has a nice drape. I want a real drawstring next time, though!
  • Rating: pink-star-black-md pink-star-black-mdpink-star-black-mdpink-star-black-mdpink-star-black-md5/5 stars

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32 thoughts on “Comfy Womfy: Butterick 6210

  1. I’ve been looking for blog posts where I show what I made with this fabric, but I can’t find them anywhere! Oh well. Your tunic looks great!

  2. I love this fabric! I’m very into purple right now and a purple knit dress may get added to my que now 🙂 I under stitched the pockets on my last Moneta and they lay much better than my others so maybe that will help you for next time!

    • Thanks, Carolanne! I am definitely doing that the next time. Unfortunately, I think with this drapey fabric, the draping at the pockets would still happen. It’s just too much weight there for it not to drape in that direction. I will just keep that in mind when I choose patterns if I ever work with a knit like this again…(I hope!). 🙂

    • Thanks, Donna! I love these flats. Can you believe they are crocs? And holy moly are they comfy.

      Faux drawstrings break my brain. Why?! It’s not that difficult to do a real drawstring. 😦

    • Thanks so much, Bonnie!

      I wish the move were into my own sewing room, but it’s the other half of our bedroom since the basement room will need to be rented out soon. Oh well!

      You will love having your own sewing room! It’s definitely a lot easier to not have to worry about disturbing anyone else and not having to clean stuff up all the time to accommodate people that want to use the space. 🙂 Luckily with our bedroom all I will have to worry about is not sewing into all hours of the night and not starting to sew when my husband is still sleeping. 😉

  3. Love the fabric! I also had an experience recently with some elastic that is very eager to roll–so annoying. The same project also involved a fake drawstring, which I thought was kind of stupid. Like you said, it’s not that hard to put in an actual drawstring, so you might as well have one that’s functional!

  4. Hooray for comfy dresses! I am wearing an elastic-waist dress as I write and I can’t believe I didn’t get into them sooner. Not to mention the food room!

  5. Another reason I’m sorry I missed the Hamilton get together – I would’ve added this fabric to my “purple power” fabric stash (purple & turquoise are my fav colours)! You look very comfy and colourful in your tunic. Stay cool!

  6. Cute tunic! You wear purple so well. The turquoise flats are adorable too. Faux drawstrings are for the birds! I’ve been contemplating a dress without the elastic and just a drawstring. Elastic always irritates my skin at my waist, and though it does a good job cinching everything in, I’m curious to see how only a drawstring would fare.

    Good luck getting everything moved over to your new space. Your organization seems to be helping you make a smooth transition!

    • Thanks! Purple is my favourite colour in spite of the blog name… Hehe. Pink is a close second, though, and I rarely seem to sew with it. :/

      You know, I think I might replace the elastic with the drawstring next time, too! Great idea!

      It’s been an exhausting transition getting everything set up, but I definitely think organization is key here. When I initially moved into the basement, it took me forever to “like” the space, because I just tossed everything in a corner. I definitely feel more inspired to create when I don’t have a messy space. 🙂

      • I’ve been working really hard on my organization in my room too, and I’m floored at how big of a difference it’s made. I keep going in there thinking, wow, it’s actually pretty in here, and I genuinely want to put stuff away as I’m finished with it instead of letting it linger for months because I can.

      • Right? Getting super organized makes me feel so happy in my space and encourages me to keep it that way. I know for sure it won’t always be “pretty,” but the foundation is there. 🙂 I was this way with my office when I was teaching years ago. If it was disorganized, I wouldn’t want to stay for my office hours, but with a nice space, I would stay and work there for hours.

  7. Great pattern – I bet you will go to this often in the future. A challis version would be great in the heat, and a merino jersey would be cozy in the summer. Looks great on you!

    • Thanks, Kat! 🙂 I definitely want to make a challis version some day. 🙂 Merino jersey is a little hard to find in my area of the world, but that would be really awesome as well.

  8. Just added this pattern to the stash. Glad to see your make, because it more or less tells me what it will look like on me. 😉 So cute and comfy, and of course there is the purple…may have to steal this should I ever have the chance!

  9. It looks great, beautiful dress! And it seems as if it could be a good dress to wear all around the year, I think it would look great with boots and a long cardigan for the colder days, too.

    • Thanks Ette! 🙂 The dress is definitely a great transition piece for fall, too. I’m definitely making it a wardrobe staple. I need to find more of this lovely fabric to make another couple. 🙂

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