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Friday, September 1, 2017

Butterick 6495

I've had great luck with the Butterick lifestyle wardrobe patterns and this one seems to be no exception.

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I purchased this for the neckline on the top and dress.  Can you blame me?  It's so cute! 

My fabric is a gorgeous Stof knit I purchased in Baton Rouge, Louisiana while visiting DD1 and granddaughter 1.  Yes, I was also visiting the Son-in-law and need to mention him as he is a great guy.   

You can see the subtle stripe in the knit.  Gray and yellow.  Love these colors together!  

I made my usual alterations for a swayback adjustment and FBA.  I really didn't think I'd need the sloping shoulder adjustment and I was right, I didn't make it this time.  

This top is super easy to sew.  Had I had enough fabric, this would have been a dress.  The back of the pattern envelope tells you that 1 5/8 yard will get you a dress.  I had almost that much and there was no way it would work.  I would have a bit more fabric on hand that what the pattern calls for.  

Isn't that neckline just cute?  It is also modest and work appropriate.  Bonus--no bra strap showing!  

I love how this fits and looks with my simple gray pants I also made.  I see more makes using this pattern! 

Some of you have asked with stitch I use on my hems and here it is!  Number 19 or a honeycomb stitch.  It looks just like my coverstitch only doesn't misbehave.  I prefer this method over a coverstitch machine any day of the week.  

Thanks for reading!


  1. Sue, I just found your blog through patternreview.com. Your top and looks great on you! How did you use the honeycomb stitch for your hem? Thanks! Beth

    1. Hi Beth, I folded the hem up 1/2" and then stitched 3/8" from the edge of the fabric using this honeycomb stitch. I hope this answers your question!

  2. Sue, That neckline is extremely flattering on you. Make another one!

  3. I agree with Lynne, that is a flattering neckline on you. I love this neckline but I cannot pull this look off very well. I think you should make another in fall like colors.

  4. Sue, this is lovely! I hope you have indeed made another one for yourself, it suits you very well.
    A question if you don't mind. The instructions mention to stitch twice (second time in the seam allowance) and press seam towards band. But it looks like you've pressed down to bodice and have topstitched? Can I ask your reasons for this? Fabric type, design choice? Thinking of making this in a soft, light jersey knit and I thought your method might make the light fabric sit better?
    TIA, CatherineM

    1. Hi Catherine, you are observant!!! I did notice they wanted the seam topstitched towards the band, but I thought it was a bit bulky and so I opted to press it towards the top and topstitch it there. It seemed to lay better and personally, I think it looks better. Really, it is my personal preference. Good luck with your top! This is such a fun pattern!

    2. Thank you, Sue! Good point about the bulk. Enjoy the rest of your weekend. :)