Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Butterick 5600 - A Pattern Review

Pattern Description:
Semi-fitted misses' dress, straight, above mid-knee with front darts, back pleats self-faced yoke front and neckbands, side seam pockets outside casing with elastic, self ties and stitched hem.
Pattern Sizing:
6-22 I cut a size 16 through the neck and armholes with a 20 from the waist and hips.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
I think so. Do you?

Were the instructions easy to follow?
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I like the shirt-dress style with the added ruffle
Fabric Used:
Cotton Seersucker. I've had the fabric in my stash for a while and was hestitant to use it for this dress because I only had 2 1/2 yards and it's 45" wide. The pattern calls for 3 1/8 yards. I thought that was a lot so took a chance. Glad I did.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I started by incorporating a deeper dart then added 1" to the bodice above the dart to lower it as well lengthen the bodice. I added 2" to the skirt and lowered the casing in the center front to accomodate my tilted waist. I'm just not into slips so decided to line the entire dress with a lightweight knit fabric.
I made more work for myself by deciding to line it only after I'd already sewn the back yoke.

I omitted the pockets because I didn't want to make my hips any larger than they already are.
I cut the yoke, waist casing and ties on the length-wise grain to add some interest. I originally used six buttons but the pattern calls for the buttons to be spaced way too far apart so I went back and added equally spaced buttons in between the original ones. I ended up using 11 buttons in all.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
This dress came out just as I envisioned it. For a while I thought it would look like a house dress.

I've wanted a seersucker dress for a long time. The knit lining made it super comfortable. I just love it. My husband says it looks like a maid's uniform! WTH.
Did I say I love this dress??

I'd like to make another out of a khaki fabric with sleeves.


  1. What do husbands know about fashion!LOL! I think its a cute summer dress and you look good in it! :)

  2. Cute dress, it looks good on you. A khaki one sounds good too.

  3. Super cute and I bet it is cool for summer. Glad seersucker is making a comeback.

  4. I love this beautiful, casual dress. Seersucker is a great choice of fabric for this style - it looks so cool and will be wonderful to wear.

  5. I love this dress! It's the epitome of summer! I need some of this fabric....for reel - lol! I must try to get to this pattern before the summer is over. You look fab! BTW, I will be in Canton, MI for a short trip. I see your weather in MI is comparable to ours....shorts and a tank! Take care!

  6. You know I love me some seersucker,your dress looks great.

  7. Sometimes husbands can be sooo rude!!!!! If they had thier way we would be walking around nude all day. LOL You sooo DO NOT look like a maid. I really love your garments. You are inspiring me to get my dress form out & start sewing again. If I can stay away from my knitting machines long enuff. ;-) Sheryl

  8. You absolutely SHOULD love that dress. Totally. Seersucker is the best fabric in summer. Always crisp, cool and clean looking. Great dress!

  9. You said you always wanted a seersucker dress... you got a great one now!! I love this dress and have this pattern but not made it yet. Glad to see you really like it! Time to move it up on my list!

  10. I love this dress and am amazed that I overlooked this pattern. You have great style and I so often go to a pattern and make it myself after having seen it on you. Thanks for that.

  11. This is such a fun dress! Love the fabric as well...And those husbands, I tell ya lol!

  12. You look amazing in this dress! I simply love it on you!