Butterick: 5885 a Dress Review

Pattern Description: Misses mock wrap dress with uneven handkerchief hem.

Pattern Sizing:I cut a size 14. The length was not altered.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?absolutely.

Were the instructions easy to follow?extremely simple, and definitely leaves something to be desired. Remember to use "sewing with knits" book or other tips for neckline and armhole finishing techniques. For the waist elastic, I did not follow the usual elastic guide, I took my waist and divided it in half to get the front length and the back, then I took two inches off of each piece. This made for a better fit, as the pattern called for 30inches on front and 30in on back then cut to size....way too much waste.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I like the simplicity. The front draped overlay is a nice simple addition. As for dislikes, I was slightly disappointed in how cheaply the instructions suggested you finish the neckline. It would be good to remember to install a 1/8th inch elastic to stabilize and secure the neckline. The reason being, is the weight of the front bodice pulls something terrible on the seams. Having the edges simple folded over and stitched isn't enough. To alleviate this, I also top stitched the front neckline into the back at the shoulda for symmetry.

Fabric Used:I used an ity jersey.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I made a FBA on the front underlay and the overlay. This adjustment caused me to add a necessary side bust dart. The dart made for a much snugger fit. I also made a sway back adjustment and shortened the shoulders by 1.5 inches because the weight caused it to be stretched too much for my taste. If I make it it again, I think stabilizing the neckline shoulders and armholes will prevent that. I did not add my usual 1inch to the waist length. Although, after shortening the shoulders, I wish I had. I also shortened the front and back v-necks by grading into the seam 1/4in towards the middle. This small alteration causes the neckline to hug the body better and prevents gaping.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?I will most likely sew it again.

Conclusion: I highly recommend. This is a really sexy dress for any figure.


  1. What a great dress! It's super flattering! I think I'm going to add the pattern to my list.

  2. very pretty version of that dress and might I add it's is very sexy too! Where are you going in that dress????

    1. I went on a dinner date with hubby. I also wear most of my dresses casually, I will with this one also. Change to low Patton leather flip flops and I'm good to go.

  3. Okay....now this is cute. Said I wasn't going to buy any more patterns but this is so cute! It's got a sexy side to it too! You look fabulous! Nice work!

  4. I just love this dress, pared with this super fabric! Great sewing...off to have a peek around your blog...J

  5. Beautiful! dress.

  6. How would you alter the front overlay pieces. I had to make the bodice side seams 5/8' larger. Now the front overlay lay will not fit to side seams and shoulder seams.


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