Pattern Review: Butterick 6494 Dress

Pattern Description: Close-fitting top and dress have raglan sleeves and front and back princess seams. Semi-fitted vest has side slits. Fitted pull-on pants have elastic at waist.

I made View C, the dress

Sizing: 6-22. I made a 12, with an FBA that ended up grading out to a 14 at the hem

Available as a PDF? It doesn’t look like it is currently.

Fabric Used: An amazingly soft sweatshirt knit from Gorgeous Fabrics. It’s like French Terry married Cashmere and had a baby. Alas, it is sold out, but you can find Similar Fabrics Here.

Machines and Tools Used: Pfaff sewing machine, Juki serger, Reliable iron and board, tailors ham, shoulder stand, sleeve board,

Needle/Notions Used: Stretch 75/11 needles, thread, Pro-Tricot interfacing.

Tips Used during Construction: Press as You Go, Sewing with Knits

Did it look like the photo or drawing when you got through? Yes

Fitting Adjustments that I made I made a princess line FBA

How were the instructions? They were fine. If you have pretty much any sewing experience you can make this dress (and by extension the top) readily.

Construction Notes: I made the FBA mentioned above, and I gave myself a bit more room by cutting it out to a size 14 at the side seams. I used my serger for many of the seams.

I must say, I really don’t like the pockets very much. In my (very soft) fabric, they fold and flop around. And the pattern instructions show them as overlapping at the center front, so I would probably eliminate them in a future version. If you have any kind of a pooch, they could be very unflattering.

I worry that these will emphasize a pooch.

Likes/Dislikes: Love the design and lines, not so crazy about the pockets.

Would you do it again? Would you recommend it? Yes and yes! I plan to use this again for an online class I’m going to teach.

Oh, should I not have mentioned that? 🙂

Conclusion: Great pattern, great results! Here are pictures on Shelley. I’ll photograph it on me either before I send it off to the class or after I get it back 🙂 More about that later!



Happy sewing!

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7 thoughts on “Pattern Review: Butterick 6494 Dress”

  1. I’d be tempted to turn the pockets into a kangaroo-style; might not eliminate the poochiness entirely but would eliminate the flop. But then, I have a codependant relationship with pockets and usually try to find some way to make ’em work…lol. Great dress!

  2. Lovely dress, I would just leave the pockets out. I’m one of those odd people who don’t really use the pockets and I only include them if they add to the design without compromising the line.

  3. I have never taken a Craftsy class – but have been tempted more than once. What are you teaching? Is the class focused on knits, fit, techniques? OOOH… could the pressinatrix make a guest appearance? Inquiring minds want to know.

  4. I might move the pockets to the side seams and shape them to fasten to the princess seam. But then you can get the hip bulk unless the pocket lies very flat. Maybe make the pocket itself in a lighter fabric.

    But what a great dress! Stealth pajamas.

    1. Full Bust Adjustment – it’s the process of adding length and width to the front piece of the bodice, while not adding length to the side seams.

  5. Love this pattern, had purchased it recently then found you!! Don’t normally like front ties but like this one. Now I can create the top or even a dress with confidence!

    Thx for all this. Would like to consult regarding ballroom dancing dresse , but do not see a “Contact” link. Is it possible to make contact with you? Please email yeah or nay.

    All the Best, Di

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