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!