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BUTTERICK 5559 (MISSES’ DRESS) REVIEW

Pattern Description: 
Close-fitting, above mid-knee, pullover dresses A, B have front and back darts and outside stitched tucks. A: above elbow length sleeves. B: sleeveless.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, absolutely!

Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yep, very easy. I did a few things differently:
* Pressed the darts down (otherwise my tucks did not press down nicely).
* Machine-basted the tuck lines to mark them – it’s easy to fold & press along a basted line.
* Sewed the neckline facing in, and then sewed sleeves in flat before sewing side-seams.
* Hand-basted along all side tucks before sewing side seams, so that they matched well.
* I had to top-stitch the edge of the neck to get the facing to lay flat.
* I marked the back facing, to tell back from front (otherwise you have to go on a dart hunt to tell).

I really hate all the markings, and that I originally marked the front side. I thought I’d fold along my chalk-lines originally. Then I had to transfer markings to the back for the darts to sew them (hand basted along chalk lines). If I had realized that machine basting the tuck lines was the best way to go, I could have marked all my chalk-lines on the back only. 

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I really like the darts hidden beneath the tucks. They’re TOP SECRET!!

fabric Used:
A poly-rayon blend ponte de roma I bought at girl charlies Fabrics ages ago. It’s very soft, and very thick
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I measured the sleeve, and found I needed to alter the sleeves to be 1″ wider at the bicep, as I have wide upper arms. and i lengthen the skirt 6 inches below my knee because i don’t like short clothes
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I’m sure I will sew all these tucks again, it’s a very unique dress. However, it’s fantastic looking & comfy – I just know I’m going to wear it a lot. I sure i will do a color blocking with this pattern how about that. I’m glad I tried it. I really think it works well on all figure types!