Butterick 5559 – Scuba Knit Dress

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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