Saturday, January 5, 2013

Butterick 5211 or Duras Dress

Fabric: Border-print silk charmeuse from Fabric Mart
Lining: China silk
Pattern: Butterick 5211

Butterick 5211

Changes I Made: I lowered front neckline, omitted facings and center back seam, and added lining.

Construction Note: This pattern is simple and easy. Only difficulty I had was making a narrow hem to finish the sleeve opening. I am not really proud of what I had done because I ended up with ripples. I see the same problem at the neck opening also. It looks like the war between me and slippery silk continues… hahaha.          


When I saw this pattern I immediately thought of The Lover written by Marguerite Duras. It was specifically this part of the book.  Please allow me to quote in Japanese first because I was thinking in Japanese at that time.

愛人 マルグリット デュラス 著 清水 徹 訳

English translation of the same part:

 “For a long time I’ve had no dresses of my own. My dresses are all a sort of sack, made out of old dresses of my mother’s which themselves are all a sort of sack. … I wear these dresses as if they were sacks, with belts that take away their shape and make them timeless. 
The Lover, Marguerite Duras, Translated by Barbara Bray

Of course the original book is written in French. It is a shame that I do not own it…

More view of Duras dress
"Sack" version:



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Now, I want to take a moment to say thank you again to Mrs. Mole of fit for a queen for the One Lovely Blog Award nomination! It is truly amazing that a talented person like her (just look at her blog!) thinks my blog is worth the award. (I am trying to pick ten bloggers to pass the awards but, oh boy, it is too difficult!)
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Last but not least, thank you to all my readers and blog friends; Thank you so much for visiting and following my blog, kindly leaving your comments, and sharing your world through your blog.

Wishing everyone a wonderful year ahead!   


  1. I love the simple and the stylish. You've put this amazing print to good use.

    1. Thanks, Gail! Butterick 5211 worked well with this poetic border print.

  2. So pretty! Beautiful fabric and perfect pattern to showcase it.

  3. You chose a terrific pattern for that border print. the print isn't cut up or interrupted. Nice sewing.

  4. Sending your blog some love. You can pick it up on my blog.

    1. Just back from your blog. Thanks for the blog love, Faye!

  5. Your special fabric and pattern are a perfect match!

    Happy New Year for 2013

    1. Thanks, Gabrielle. Happy New Year to you, too!

  6. Gorgeous dress and love the way you used the print.