The Plain Jane Dress

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I bought this pattern last year for $0.99 when it was on sale at Jo-Ann. Truthfully, I was a tiny bit skeptical about how this dress would turn out. The actual dress on the pattern didn't look that appealing to me. However, I went ahead and bought it because I like the variety of options available. Plus, at that price, it was a steal!

Butterick B5624

The pattern size ranges from NB to XL.  However, it is packed in two different envelopes. One is for size NB to M, the other is for size L-XL. I almost bought the smaller size version because I assumed the sizes were all in one envelope. Luckily I noticed the label at the last minute and went back to the pattern section and grabbed the actual size I wanted to buy. The directions and illustrations were easy enough for me to understand. I did, however, have to read certain lines a few times before I was able to figure out what the instructions wanted me to do. I like to keep my patterns intact, so I traced them on a piece of stabilizer. 

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The fabric was from Jo-Ann. I love the feel and the look of it. It is very light and airy. It looks like linen but it's actually a homespun fabric. The fabric feels much softer after I prewashed it. I didn't know what homespun fabric was until I googled it. Originally, homespun refers to fabric that was weaved at home by women back in the old days. It's a type of fabric that looks handwoven, has looser weave, and is usually made from cotton or wool. The front and back of the fabric looks the same, and the fabric may have occasional slub that I actually like.

I bought the pattern in size L-XL and made the dress in size L. I'm glad I have another size to go before Sarah grows out of it. 

My husband said that the dress reminded him of clothes worn back in 1920s or something like that. I'm not familiar with vintage styles but it certainly looks very homy and comfortable to me. 

The details - two front pockets and back button closure using mother of pearl buttons. 

I call this dress the 'Plain Jane Dress' because it does looks pretty plain to me. There's nothing fancy about it, from the choice of fabric to the details of it. I love it though. It looks comfortable on Sarah and she likes it. I'm thinking of making another one for her, probably the sleeveless version.


  • Type: Dress
  • Pattern: Butterick B5624, View A
  • Size: L 
  • Date Started: June 18, 2014
  • Date Completed: June 20, 2014
  • Skills: Gathering, Sleeves, Pockets, Back Button Placket
  • Fabric: 
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Speciality Quilting Homespuns Fabric from Jo-Ann Fabric