Butterick 6495 – Striped Knit Dress

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This Butterick Lifestyle pattern never caught my attention until I saw a version of this dress online with an irregularly striped fabric. I had the perfect ITY knit in my stash. I didn’t get a chance to make the pattern earlier in the summer but I was determined to get it sewn before starting on my fall sewing.

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The pattern is not lined but I usually line my dresses, especially in ITY knits. I used swimsuit lining in this case. I cut out the front and back pattern pieces and sewed the side seams before basting the lining to the top of the dress. Next I attached the bands and continued per the instructions. The neckline is sort of a v-shaped bateau neckline.

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Sometimes there’s just not a lot to say about a project; I was inspired, I sewed it without incident and I’m happy with the result.

I’m grateful for the sewing inspiration available online. I’ve said it before, discovering the online sewing community was a game changer for me. Sewing can be a lonely hobby but having ways to connect with fellow sewists is motivating. I recently discovered that one of my neighbors also sews. She found me on Pattern Review.com and reached out to me. It’s fun knowing that someone else in the neighborhood is also rocking the sewing machine.

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32 thoughts on “Butterick 6495 – Striped Knit Dress

  1. Another strikingly beautiful dress. It is so flattering on you. I am always inspired to sew something after seeing your projects. Great fabric for this dress.

  2. Great looking stylish dress. Question: do you find ITY knits less “breathable”? I live in a hot, humid climate and have experienced extreme sweating from two makes using this type fabric.

    • Thank you Pamela. In answer to your question about ITY knits, I think it is an individual decision. We are feel/react differently to fabrics. I’ve never had any issues with ITY knit and sew with it frequently.

  3. Lucy, I also would like to know more about this swimsuit lining. I am fairly new to exploring these knit fabrics, and have been so impressed and inspired to try them more thanks to your many beautiful versions. I would normally line my dresses, but the few knit patterns I have tried don’t call for a lining, and I didn’t know what would be suitable to use. You have me intrigued.

    • Mary Anne, Thank you Anne. The swimsuit lining I buy is from JoAnn Fabrics. I think the bolt says swimsuit lining on it but I’m not sure. I have a RTW light colored swimsuit that is fully lined with the same beige fabric as I buy to line my dresses. The fabric is easy to sew and doesn’t add any bulk to the dress. I like that the knit is “slippery” and doesn’t cling to the main fabric.

  4. Lucy, I’m always impressed with your style and sewing talent. Your placement of the stripes is brilliant. You mentioned you use swimsuit lining to line ITY knits, caught my eye. What a great idea. Are you talking about the flesh colored knit used in the crotch or some other kind of knit? Just brilliant and you look Marvelous as usual. Oh, and I am always inspired by your pattern choices, which I have many. Thanks

    • Thank you Anne. The swimsuit lining I buy is from JoAnn Fabrics. I think the bolt says swimsuit lining on it but I’m not sure. It is as you described, a beige knit like the one used to line swimsuits. I have a RTW light colored swimsuit that is fully lined with the same fabric.The fabric is easy to sew and doesn’t add any bulk to the dress. I like that the knit is “slippery” and doesn’t cling to the main fabric.

  5. I love everything you make, you have a terrific sense of style & what looks good on you & of course, all your garments are put together with such care! I agree with you that connecting with sewing communities online is inspiring, encouraging & educational! I have learned so many great tips from following blogs like yours! Thanks to everyone out there who help us to be better sewers & keep us in touch with each other. We may never meet face to face, but I often feel like I know someone just by following their blogs & ideas!

  6. Lucy – I, too, love seeing how you combine patterns with amazing fabrics. You always look so fabulous in your creations and are a real inspiration for me as I get back into sewing.

  7. Yes I totally agree about the online sewing community, I so appreciate all the inspiration and motivation that I receive seeing your creations. Your dress looks great! love the fabric and neckline. Thanks for taking the time to share with us.

  8. This is really perfect for irregular stripes! It looks amazing on you. I have lurked this pattern, but never bought it because of the bra strap problem. I was wondering if you thought it was possible to shorten up the bands on the neckline to bring it higher and eliminate that problem. I love your style, Lucy!

    • Thank you Becky. Yes, the bra straps are a problem. Shortening the band would affect the fit of the top of the dress (where the band attaches). I can’t imagine that being any smaller but I’m not sure. I’m guessing that the amount of stretch that your fabric has would also be a factor.

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