I don't often sew commercial patterns as I prefer to work with indie brands in order to support smaller businesses, I also find the instructions much clearer within indie patterns.
However the Butterick B6094 is one of my favourites!
The B6094 is a simple 1950's shape dress, but it has loads of beautiful detail, especially to the back of the dress, it has 2 sewing versions the first (which is the version that I made) has a lovely full circle skirt (perfect for those petticoats) and the second version has a pencil skirt (I haven't yet attempted this version).
I love the shape of the bodice, it has bust darts but it also has a separate waist panel which gives it such a great shape, it looks so fitted but is super comfortable.
The full circle version needs quite a bit of fabric (2.40-3.10m depending on the width) plus the contrast fabric and lining (if you decide to line it), I didn't bother with lining as the fabric that I used didn't require it.
This dress was actually a toil run, I used really inexpensive cotton cord fabric (seriously it cost me £9 for enough for this dress!), it turned out to be a perfect fit, I didn't have to make any adjustments to the fitting at all, and it is actually one of my favourite dresses that I have made.
Now the most lovely bit, the back!!
What makes this dress so special is the sailor back detail, I used contrast Tilda fabric for both the back and the facings, it gives it such a professional finish, and just look at those buttons! (they actually cost more than the fabric for the whole dress).
I also added in seam pockets using the contrast Tilda fabric (I just can't resist a pocket) but I forgot to take a picture of them (Ooops)
The dress did take me a little while to sew as there are quite a few details, probably about 8 hours, but it actually was not that difficult at all, the pattern is marked up as an "easy" level so I'd say it is suitable for brave beginner-intermediate sewers.
The final detail that I added is contrast bias binding to finish the circle hem, I find that this is the best method to finish a hem on a full circle skirt as you really can keep the curved shape to the hem and the binding adds a bit more structure, and a little bit of prettiness on the inside can never do wrong.
I would definitely recommend the Butterick B6094, do give it a go! If you have any questions at all just ask them in the comments below, I'd be happy to help.