Hot! The “Making Another Memory” Dress

The Facts
Fabric: Black/white plaid and houndstooth suiting $21
Pattern: Butterick 5032
Year: 1952 reissue
Notions: 18″ zipper $1
Time to complete: 12 hours (12 eps of 80s Sherlock Holmes)
First worn: For pictures, but I’ll wear it to work before this posts probably
Wear again? Indeed!
Total price: ~$22

Does this look familiar? It should. It’s the dress I wanted to make for the Oscar’s challenge, but had to settle for a different plaid. When the plaid challenge came up I knew I wanted to make another jumper-like dress. I didn’t plan on making the “exact same one” (as husband thought) as before. But when I spotted this fabric logic went out the window, and I had to make the dress “correctly” this time!

So there’s really not much more to say other than I whipped this up in less than half the time as the first one. Well, I also didn’t have to make a jacket and hand-sew any trim. Thank goodness!

…It would be nice to have a matching jacket though…OH WAIT! What’s that?! The Sherlock Holmes cape from last week is reversible?!!?! Oh snaps!

I wish I could have shared this last week but I wanted it to be a surprise. I kept whipping the cape on and off, reversing which side was up, and shouting, “COME, WATSON! The game is afoot!”. I was amused.

Sometimes I’m just too clever. Not often. But sometimes. I am completely in love with what I’ve done these past two weeks. I wish I was always this satisfied with what I make.



Liz has been sewing since April 2011 but has been crafty all her life. Her full-time job is as a museum curator at a smallish institution, where her DIY skills often come in handy. Liz likes to sew while watching TV, which she uses to measure the amount of time it takes to finish.


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  1. adorable! and the little blouse under it is perfect!

  2. Haha genius! And how cool that the dress didn’t cause any problems. LOVE IT.

  3. You crack me up! Love the dress. You look so sweet in it. I also like the top you paired it with.

  4. Lovely outfit. I keep meaning to mention that I like your new hair-cut too.

  5. Oh, you ARE clever. :) Very cool.

  6. I’m a big fan of your fashions and photos. This dress is awesome! I have that pattern and now I know what it will really look like on a person. Thanks Liz!

    • Thanks, Barbara! I love this pattern. It’s a basic, but dress pattern but easily made interesting with fabric choice or detailing. The two times I’ve made it up I lowered the front neckline by at least an inch. So just be aware that if you go straight from the pattern it will be higher.

  7. You ARE clever, it’s really great to read that you’re happy with what you’ve sewn lately and so you should be. You look great and so does your outfit. You Go Girl!!

  8. JUST GORGEOUS! AND CLEVER! Each garment gets better and better, that’s what Sew Weekly is all about I reckon… you sew a lot, you get better each time… and obviously in your case, you get quicker too!

    Great post babes!

  9. So cute! Love the reversible cape.

  10. Love the square neckline with the plaid–so classic! I was impressed with the cape last week, and now it’s reversible? Wow.
    Also, references to Sherlock Holmes two weeks in a row–excellent.

  11. Fabulous! I have that pattern somewhere, you have inspired me to dig it out and have a go. And the reversible cape is genius!

  12. Too darn cute – love this outfit, especially with the cape.

  13. I have sewn for other people, but not for myself in a long time…because things turned out really frumpy and bad. You all are encouraging me to try again. Just fit the pattern and make a muslin. I don’ know that I will ever have he courage to post online, but I now know I’m not the only one that struggles with projects that flop. Lora