The Jewel of My Eyes [Butterick 5763].

There comes a time when I have to make actual maternity patterns, and this is the time.  I have this fabric in my stash that has busy print, and I got some gemstone-looking buttons to go with it.

  • Pattern: Butterick 5763, a maternity pattern, rated “Easy”, View B.
  • Size made: B5 (sizes 8-16 included), I made size 8.
  • Pattern pieces: 6 pieces for view B.
  • Fabric used: 95% polyester, 5% spandex, 147cm width, 2m length, made in China, bought from Spotlight.
  • New Techniques used: Halter/raglan seams with gathered flutter sleeves; First time doing neckband and placket.
  • Modifications: Added 2 buttons (from 4 to 6); Raised armhole 4cm; Taken in sides 16cm circumference; Shortened dress hem 4cm; Top-stitched the tie/belt.
Butternick 5736 – a maternity pattern. It has tops, dresses of various lengths and pants included.


I made View B – maxi dress with flutter sleeves.


6 pattern pieces for view B.


The jewel buttons. Initially I visualised dark purple and green buttons, but they aren’t available, so I chose pink and blue.


Poor planning – the parrot head was cut off by the base of the placket. I wanted the parrot in the middle of the front bodice, but miscalculated the length of the placket.


It was very large and had wayyyy too much ease. Finished bust for size 8 was 45″ (intended for 31.5″), and for hips it was 48″ (intended for 33.5″). I folded and removed 4cm from each side, taking away a total of 16cm circumferentially. This effectively raised the armhole by 4cm too.


The instructions were lacking for finishing the bottom of the placket (or I didn’t understand them). So I just faked it til it looks okay from the outside…


Buttons and buttonholes done (added 2 extra buttons). Also the neckband and gathered neck edge with raglan seams.


Completed, after modifications, including shortening the dress hem by 4cm.


Back – the back neck has gathers too, and continuous neck band around.


A clearer pic of the raised armhole.


University of Sydney, NSW, Australia.


It’s finally getting a bit chilly, so can start making things for Autumn/Winter. Luckily I fit into more of my existing non-maternity wintry clothes like jumpers and coats than I do in fitted summer dresses. So I have more things to wear and less pressure to sew.


8 thoughts on “The Jewel of My Eyes [Butterick 5763].

    1. Thanks Mads! The fabric is very spring-like! I’m normally not that feminine but sewing has made me try different styles. Haha bub has been very good to me, no nausea or bad aches, I’m definitely not complaining!

  1. This is such a beautiful dress! Honestly the line drawing kind of looks like a nightgown, but with your changes and that gorgeous fabric you have completely transformed it.

    1. It really looked like a night gown on me (especially in that slippery fabric but without the shiny buttons) before I altered it!

  2. Love your blog- this dress is gorgeous. I love the fabric colours and the matching buttons add pizzaz to it. Lasly, the backdrop of Univ of Sydney is perfect!

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