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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Butterick 5523 - A review



Today I got to wear my new dress and the color gave me a lift. As you can see everyhting looks pretty gray in my part of the world! The fabric is a double knit (Cache) from Fabric Mart. I think it really suited this design, it has a beefy weight perfect for winter dresses and I love the color.

The only thing I changed, I did not add elastic at the bodice seam.





There was a sewing thread somewhere (don't remember exactly where) where someone was asking advise on how to sew seams in a double knit. For my dress I sewed the seams with a narrow zig zag (2.5 - 3 length and .5 width) and after pressing each side of the seam to set stitches I opened the seam and pressed again. This reduces the bulk that you would see with a serged together seam. This fabric does not fray so seams allowances can be left alone.

I chose to edgestitch the hem and then topstitch at the hem depth again.


This pattern is a winner, with the right fabric you'll get a stylish, comfortable and warm dress!

22 comments:

  1. I just ordered this pattern after seeing HZC's version. Your's is fantastic too. Love the bright color and you look fabulous in it. Love how you styled it with the patterned tights!

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  2. Love, love, love it! I will be making another version of this dress & your version makes me want to do it now!

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  3. Wonderful job! I'm going to have to try this one. Love the color belting in the back.

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  4. I think this is my favorite thing of yours that you've ever made (since I started reading your blog after PR weekend last year). LOVE the color, the back tab, the cowl collar and also love the look with the funky tights and shoes! A+!

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  5. p.s. I also love working with double knits! They're my favorite fabric!

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  6. I love the dress--style and color. Thanks for the tips. I would love to make it too.

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  7. this color is beautiful, so vibrant, you look like spring, great dress

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  8. That's a fantastic dress. Love the color! Best part-no wrinkles!

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  9. So cute!! I love the color and TY for the interior photos. I think I just found a use for my yellow double knit!

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  10. Wow. You look super! That colour certainly is a day-brightener.

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  11. Love the color, the dress looks great on you.

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  12. Beautiful dress. The color looks great on you and is perfect for wearing on a dreary winter day.

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  13. You look wonderful in this dress!
    I love it.

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  14. That dress is fantastic and I love that color on you. Beautiful job!!!

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  15. gorgeous! i love the collar and the back details :)

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  16. I just picked this one up and love your version! And I like that fabric, too. `-)

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  17. What an adorable dress - I adore the colour! Yay to clothes that make us smile as we wear them :)

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  18. It is a very nice and original dress and I love the colour.

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  19. I love your version. Color is fantastic on you!

    I also made this dress and have worn it quite a few times. In fact, I plan to wear it again tomorrow!

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  20. Gorgeous fabric and dress!

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  21. What a beautiful dress! I love the back tab detail and the way tou finished the hems, very well done!!

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