Butterick 5450 – Embroidered Silk Dupioni Dress



I’ve had this embroidered silk Dupioni fabric in my stash for a while. I would take it out every once in a while when I needed to sew something a notch above my work attire but it never quite made it to the cutting table. I love the fabric and was tired of seeing it sit in my stash so I decided to just pick a pattern and go for it. I went with Butterick 5450, a pattern I’ve made a couple of times in the past.


The pattern calls for the dress to be lined. Whenever I make a silk Dupioni project I like to underline it as well. I chose to use silk organza which worked beautifully. I am a sucker for cut-in shoulders.


Everything was going well until I assembled bodice. Thankfully I had enough fabric to cut the front again. I could not believe I did this. Pattern placement is everything. Enough said.


I recovered from this goof and kept on with the dress. I added one inch to the length. I kept the side zipper but you can move the zipper to the back if you prefer as there is a seam in the middle. I moved the zipper to the back when I made a cotton poplin version of this dress (see bottom of post).


I’m glad I finally got this fabric sewn up. I’m happy to add this dress to my collection and look forward to having an event where I can wear it. It’ll be the one time I’m not hemming my dress minutes before we need to leave the house 🙂


Below are my two previous projects from this pattern. Sewing this dress reminded me what a great pattern this is. There are some beautiful versions of this dress out there sewn by some talented sewists.

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18 thoughts on “Butterick 5450 – Embroidered Silk Dupioni Dress

  1. Great post Lucy! Every sewist can appreciate the pattern placement issue, but you saved the day. You have created a gorgeous couture dress. Your past projects with this pattern are also very nice!

  2. I love seeing the things you make. Thanks for taking the time to show everything, and especially for the lessons embedded in the posts, i.e.pattern placement. You have such a great sense of humor!

  3. This is really lovely & as always, beautifully sewn! As you said, pattern placement is SO important, glad you could fix it!!

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