Butterick 5950 – Textured Knit Dress


I purchased this textured knit last summer at Tissus Mode de l’Orme in Granby, QC while visiting family and friends. I get the most wonderful fabrics at that store. A trip home always requires bringing an extra suitcase for fabric.


I’ve made this dress before with 3/4 sleeves for fall/winter. I lengthened the bodice by 1″ as well as adding 1″ to the length of the skirt. I also added binding to the neckline. The pattern instructions have you turn the edge under by 5/8″. I prefer finishing the edges with binding. Because my fabric had a texture, I used black jersey from my stash for the binding. I feared that using the textured knit for the binding would create an uneven edge as well as be too thick for a nice flat finish. I omitted the zipper though I kept the back seam as it provides shaping. I’ve made view A as well and have omitted the zipper on all three of the dresses I made from this pattern. The pattern doesn’t offer a short sleeve option but that was a simple fix.


I like the floral background and uneven stripes of this fabric. I was originally going to sew a pattern that didn’t have any pleats but I thought the pleats would be interesting in this fabric. The dress is comfortable to wear and was a simple project to sew.


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14 thoughts on “Butterick 5950 – Textured Knit Dress

  1. The gorgeous fabric really makes this dress sing! As usual. it fits you to a T, well done! Someday you’ll have to show me how you do your knit binding 😉

  2. Your ability to visualize the pairing of a piece of fabric and a pattern amazes me. While I’m good at color selection, I struggle with deciding which fabric to use for a pattern. What’s your secret?

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