Butterick 5559 – Scuba Knit Dress


I’m still catching up on blogging the last of my summer sewing projects. I first made this dress a few years ago in a navy ponte. I wore the dress quite a bit and the fabric was starting to show some wear. It was time to let the dress go. That may sound a bit dramatic when it comes to discarding clothes but when I sew something for myself I develop a “bond” with it. The planning, anticipation, execution and challenges faced along the way all create a special memory for me and are part of the experience of sewing my me-made wardrobe.


The previous dress served me so well that I knew I needed to make another one. This version was sewn with a medium weight scuba knit. I’m happy with my fabric choice.


The only change I made to this pattern was to add 1″ to the length. The longest part of sewing this dress is marking the tucks.


The dress is very distinctive with the tucks in the front and back but that might not stop me from making a sleeveless version. I really do like this pattern very much.


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15 thoughts on “Butterick 5559 – Scuba Knit Dress

  1. Spectacular dress Lucy! The color and fit are wonderful. I love the distinctive pintucks. I’m curious, does this pattern have a zipper? Also, did you have to lower the waistline?

  2. I love the tuck detail on this dress, so effective. Can I ask what stitch you used to stitch the tucks on scuba knit? The colour is stunning and suits you so well. I feel the same way about clothes I make and keep them much longer than RTW.

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