Butterick 6166 – Border Print Dress


It was 93 degrees at our house today. Summer is still around and I’m still sewing summer clothes. I’ve started thinking of fall but with this weather it’s not easy. Besides, I have a few fabrics that I don’t want to see in my stash next year. They’ve been hanging around long enough and need to get sewn up.


It’s no secret that I love a good border print.  I had to have this ITY knit as soon as I saw it online at Fabric Mart. The dress was simple to sew and came together without any issues.

I like the front drape and figured it would be perfect for the darker part of the black/white print. The pattern has a front overlay which I chose to omit. I also left out the back zipper as my fabric has plenty of stretch and goes over my head comfortably. I lengthened the dress by 1.25″. I’m 5’7″ and found the original length a little short to wear for work. The back darts give it some nice shaping.


My only dislike with this pattern is that the armscye is too low. I was so anxious to cut up this print that I never thought of checking before cutting out the pattern. You can see in the picture below that it could easily be raised by 1″.


In conclusion, this is a great little summer dress but beware of the low armscye if you plan on sewing this pattern.


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14 thoughts on “Butterick 6166 – Border Print Dress

  1. You always do beautiful work! I’ll be getting this pattern because it is a very flattering
    look, it gives anyone a waist! Thanks for the info on the armhole!

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