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Monday, February 11, 2019

Butterick 3364 Asymmetrical Dress Muslin

This Butterick 3364 pattern was from the gentleman I purchased my "new" industrial sewing machine from and was one of my favorites.  I like the design of the waist gathered into a belt buckle.

Butterick 3364

The pattern was in a size 12-14-16.  I started with the size 16 and added to the bust/waist/hips for my usual increases. I also made a sway back adjustment.

The front was a little more complex.  Since the pattern piece was not cut on the fold due to the asymmetrical gather at the waist I had to make the adjustments to each side.  I used my armhole template and my own sleeve pattern.

A muslin was a definite for this pattern but I think it will be an easy sew.

The neckline is extremely high, both front and back.  I lowered the front neckline 2-1/2" and the back 1/2".  I narrowed the shoulders 1/2" and widened the neckline 1/2".  The fit is ok, circumference wise but I don't like the drag lines on across the waist and hips.

Butterick 3364 Front view

I like the style of the buckle at the side and the directions were really easier than I thought.  I was pleasantly surprised!

Butterick 3364 Side View-Buckle

The back of the dress fits well. I didn't put in the back zipper and just had Girl M pin me into the dress.  The back darts help with the fit and I'm glad I did the sway back adjustment.

Butterick 3364 Back View

I think this dress may need Spanx under it.  The muslin fabric is a satin backed suiting with a little stretch.  No longer can I wear this beautiful color of orange since my hair is gray is looks very unflattering on me.

I removed the sleeves and took in the side seams 1/2" from underarm to mid hip.  The drag lines are a little less now and the side seam still hangs straight even though the fabric wrinkle is making it look a little off.

Butterick 3364 Muslin

I'm thinking a print fabric for this dress to help with camouflaging with my lumps, bumps and curves.

Until next time......................



  1. I love that style, simple but elegant.To get a smoother look, you might want to consider inserting shoulder princess seaming for front and back. The back darts are already there--they just need to be extended.You will end up with six main body pieces instead of two but the results are worth it and it will help that side draping and buckle to be the standout.I would also insert 1/2" shoulder pads to bring your shoulder line level. This gives a more symmetrical look (takes the focus off the bust).

    1. It's so nice to have another pair of eyes! Thanks so much for the tips. I'm going to try the shoulder pads when I wear it Sunday.