This is the second time I have made Butterick 5706. The first time I made view D, a lace dress which you can see here. This time I made view A, a basic shift with cap sleeves.
The fabric is a metallic knit purchased from Joann Fabrics. It is lined with a sheer chocolate brown knit lining fabric from Golden D'Or Fabrics in Dallas.
The pattern is actually for wovens, so I made a few changes to make it work for knits. One, I left out the back zipper and simply cut the back pieces on the fold (which way simplified construction). Two, I cut a size smaller than my usual (a 12 instead of a 14). However, I still added an inch to the side pieces to keep the proportions the same.
The only other change I made was to add a little width to the cap sleeves because I didn't want them to be tight. I did this by splitting the sleeve pattern up the middle up to the seam line and spreading the sleeve somewhere between 1/2 inch and 1 inch, then redrawing the pattern. That way the place the sleeves attach remained unaltered so that no actual seams had to be changed.
Butterick 5706 is a good basic pattern. It has a neckline that is flattering but not immodest. Depending on which view you choose and what kind of fabrics you use, the look of the dress can really be changed up. This particular dress is an easy dress -- easy to make, easy to wear, easy to care for.
Also, did you see my new shoes? They are Dr. Scholls wedges on clearance at DSW. They are comfortable and fun to wear. Sewing my own clothes is motivating me to update other parts of my wardrobe, too:)