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Monday, February 25, 2013

Butterick 5764 Knit Maxi Dress

Butterick 5764 Knit Maxi Dress Pattern
Butterick 5764 Knit Maxi Dress

Self teaching is a scary thing sometimes.  I wish I lived in a larger city where I could take sewing classes from a professional.  Instead I use the Professional Internet!  I remember learning to sew and I would have to go to the library to check out a book to learn or understanding a sewing step.  Now all I have to do is GOOGLE it!

I'm still not comfortable with sewing with knits but at least my latest project turned out pretty good.  It is going to get a lot of wear and I think I will look for more knit patterns but just not with the cross over front or the wrap front style.  Being busty I always have trouble with gaping.  I know I'll find the perfect pattern out there soon.

The Butterick 5764 Maxi Dress was easy to sew and the directions were simple.  I heard that the facings on knit dresses were useless but since this one had a wrap front I thought that the facing would give it some stability.  I didn't use facing on the arm holes.  I just turned the seam allowance under and stitched.  They turned out pretty nice.

I did a lot of test sewing on scrap fabrics to adjust tension, test needles and also to test interfacing.  I'm glad I had some scraps left over.

Knits patterns seem to run a little big.  I did not make any adjustments to the pattern.  I usually have to do a FBA (full bust adjustment) and a pretty good size hip increase.  But I just used the pattern as is and cut the skirt fabric a size larger.


pattern weights to cut out knit fabric

I like to use washers in place of pins when I cut out my pattern.  I had to use washers to keep the fabric from pulling off the end of the table.

I saw a tip to use clothespins to keep your fabric together.  What a genius idea!


Butterick 5764 serge facing sewplus.blogspot.com

I serged the facing on the unnotched side and sewed to the dress front with a regular machine.

sewing hem Butterick 5764 Knit Maxi Dress

Sewing the bottom hem.  I tried to use my twin needle but decided to just to a regular single stitch.

Butterick 5764 Knit Maxi Dress Pattern
I am going to have to work on some bolero jackets/shrugs to go with this.  I looks pretty good on but I think it looks GREAT on my dummy.

I'm trying to decide if I want to work on a shirt dress next or the bolero jackets or a top.  So many choices!\

Until next time......

Bonnie

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