Besides the Simply Stylish Handbag, another thing that has been waiting for me to get on with it, is the Mini Dress from Amy Butler.

It’s rather funny actually, because I first saw it in a friends Flickr-photostream. She made two versions of the dress, and before purchasing the pattern I asked her for some advice on the pattern. She quickly offered to lend the pattern to me, which is so sweet of her – also considering that she lives in Spain. So thank you so much, Eva! :)

Well, this is my version.

Amy Butler Mini Dress

As you can see, it was made for a different season (and a different skin colour) than the one we have now, but hey, spring is just around the corner, right? Please imagine the following photo with yummy chocolate brown skin (sure, like that’ll ever happen…)

I’m not sure what to think about it. I do like the design, but it has a slight tendency to look like a maternity dress because of the fullness in front. I didn’t press the pleat in front, because I’m still not certain whether that’s what I want. So anyway, even if the dress is quite wide, it has a nice fit in front, but in the back there’s just way too much fabric and nothing to fit it to the curves of my back. I’m working on what to do about that – I may gather it somehow at the waist to underline that there’s actually a female figure under there. No need to sew a dress if I want to look like I’m wearing a bag…

This is what it looks like in the front.

Amy Butler Mini Dress

I didn’t get a photo of the back, which means you’re also missing out on my perfect invisible zipper (love my invisible zipper foot, but I may have mentioned that 1, 2, or 100 times earlier…)

That’s it about this dress. I’ll let you know later in the year if it turns out I get a lot of wear out of it. :)


7 Comments

  1. Posted January 20, 2010 at 10:39 | Permalink

    Hvor er det skønt med lidt sommer. Jeg glæder mig virkelig til alle de lyse sommerfarver for alvor kommer frem igen.

    Det er en smuk kjole du har syet og stoffet er som skabt til modellen, synes jeg. Jeg elsker udskæringen i halsen…

    Jeg har det samme mønster liggende, men har endnu ikke fået syet kjolen. Jeg afventer det helt rette stof. ;)

    Hvor var det træls for dig at du skal ud og finde et nyt job. Specielt når du var så glad for det andet. Men jeg er sikker på, at der nok skal dukke noget op, som du synes kunne være spændende.

    En rigtig god tirsdag til dig….fuld af sne. :))

  2. Posted January 20, 2010 at 14:50 | Permalink

    Great dress!
    How was the pattern overall? I’ve read mixed reviews about her patterns.

  3. Rikke
    Posted January 20, 2010 at 21:44 | Permalink

    Ihh, den er sød. Glæder mig til at se dig i den til grill i haven. Jeg vil dog gi´dig ret i at den ikke helt lader dine flotte kvindlige forme komme til sin ret.

    Men man får da ledt tankerne hen på sommer, og tak for det.

  4. Posted January 20, 2010 at 23:04 | Permalink

    Ulla – tak! Jjeg glæder mig til at se din version – jeg synes ikke, at jeg har ramt helt plet med denne her. Men det bliver dejligt med lidt varme på et tidspunkt – og lys, for søren da!

    Millie – well, to be honest, I’m not thrilled about this one. I think the construction of the dress is complicating things that could have been more straight-forward, but without a better result. Also, I really think the dress is missing some kind of fitting. I’m pretty much the same size allover, and it still doesn’t drape nicely on my back, so it’s a mixed review from me as well. But it looks nice on the cover. ;)

    Rikke – det er pænt af dig. ;) Jeg afventer lige lidt varmere temperaturer og prøver den af, for at se om den kan vænne sig til mig – ellers må jeg give den videre til nogen, der ser mere værdi i den. :)

  5. Posted January 20, 2010 at 23:53 | Permalink

    Oh, but I love, love, love the fabric. Maybe shorten it a bit and wear it as a tunic?

  6. Posted January 21, 2010 at 12:03 | Permalink

    Hej Astrid
    Så fin den er men jeg giver dig ret i at lidt brune ben og arme vil gøre underværker. Men som altid, så perfekt syet.
    hav en dejlig dag
    Kh Jeannet

  7. Posted March 9, 2011 at 02:20 | Permalink

    I have had my eye on this pattern, but I’ve been a bit worried about the maternity-look thing, too. I just had a baby last summer, so I’m pretty much trying to stay away from that look right now!
    I adore your fabric and I think the dress came out great and looks great on you!

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