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Posted on:9/2/14 9:33 AM
Last Updated:9/3/14 6:14 AM
Project Photo:Butterick: 5559 by Ghainskom

Pattern Photo:Butterick 5559
Butterick Pattern Info
Pattern Rating:Highly Recommend
Review Rating: Very Helpful by 3 people   
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Fabric:Ponte Knit  [See other projects in this fabric]
Pattern Description:
Close-fitting, above mid-knee, pullover dress has front and back darts, outside stitched tucks and above elbow length sleeves.

Pattern Sizing:
6-12, 14-20

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?

Were the instructions easy to follow?

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I like the main feature of this dress: the sunburst pin tucks.

Fabric Used:
Ponte knit

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I did a cheater FBA i.e. a 14 at neck and shoulders, grading to a 18 at the full bust height than grading back and forth at waist and hips based on the finished measurements. This is probably the reason why my pin tucks don't all match at the side seams but I was on a tight schedule and settled for it. However, I think it would be possible to match the pin tucks at the side even if they dress needs some taking in.
The most difficult and time-consuming step with this pattern is the marking of the pin tucks AND the sewing, as the sewing there needs to be uniform e.g. you don't want backstitches in the middle of a pin tuck so I recommend a full bobbin, slow stitching and a stitch length of 3, similar to a topstitching.
I found I had to go back and understitch everywhere there's a dart and a tuck keeps the tucks from flipping up when the dress is worn.
I would recommend using bra straps holders for this dress, as bra straps do show when moving around.
Someone wrote that it's not easy to tell the front from the back and I agree.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes and yes.

This is a keeper.
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Debbie Dabbles said... (9/4/14 2:34 PM) Reply
Thanks for the tips. This has looked so nice on everyone I might have to give it a go.
Sheseams said... (9/4/14 12:19 PM) Reply
Nice dress and tips
Sheseams said... (9/4/14 12:18 PM) Reply
Nice dress and tips
Riversmocker said... (9/3/14 11:26 PM) Reply
Great fit and color! Beautiful!
Levone said... (9/3/14 11:44 AM) Reply
Lovely dress!
gmagina said... (9/3/14 11:23 AM) Reply
Beautiful dress. I love the pin tuck detailing
Ghainskom said... (9/3/14 10:25 AM) Reply
@sosat: the fabric is a solid. The "print" is the watermark I used on pics posted on the internet. @Jupiter: try again. The link works.
hopflower said... (9/3/14 10:03 AM) Reply
What a stunning dress. The tucks look perfect on it, and the colour is great.
sosat said... (9/3/14 9:59 AM) Reply
I just bought this pattern, I can't wait to sew it! I like that you used a fabric that had a bit of a print on it, I would only have thought to use a solid but it looks great.
Jupiter, FL said... (9/3/14 9:54 AM) Reply
I couldn't get to the blog, but it looks like a really cute dress!
Penny Carlson said... (9/3/14 9:19 AM) Reply
Looks good (from what I can see).
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