Ditto! Butterick 5605

by Always Alice on July 7, 2012 · 18 comments

in 1950s,Dresses,Modern Patterns

I too just finished the repro Butterick Pattern 5605. I love it! It’s so amizingly comfortable too! I did end up changing around a few things too. I moved the back pleats to the front and made them box pleats and two knife pleats (more on that debacle on my blog). Then I pieced the neck ties like apron ties (they look crooked in the pics but I swear they are even. Maybe I have a tall shoulder?). I cut the front on the fold, why not? I hate a front seam. And finally cut 6″ off the hem.

Those gussets worked my last nerve. I can’t ever seem to pivot and get it to work perfectly every time. They did turn out stellar in the end though. The fabric is from an estate sale and I think I paid less than a dollar for it. I had it in a big bag of fabric I got for $10. I love the neckline too, it’s just the right shape and size. My only gripe is the modern sizing. I cut an 8 on top and a 12 at the waist. When I make it again I’ll cut a 10 because even though they give a small ease at the waist I still think they were off. I would also shave some of the roundness off the bust contour. It’s still a little boobalicious for me and I’m wearing a Wonder Bra. Sigh….. I would also add a waist stay, the lining may be making it sag a bit. The belt is vintage and off an estate sale dress.

I’ll even be brave and show the inside of the dress.

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Lizzy July 7, 2012 at 4:39 pm

Super cute!!!


rockabillykitten July 7, 2012 at 6:50 pm

I love the versatility of this pattern. I too made this dress TWICE already and I got two totally different looks. This is one here: http://kittenscloset55.blogspot.com/2012/06/red-winter-dress.html


Always Alice July 7, 2012 at 7:10 pm

I saw your version when I google imaged the pattern! I love the sleeves! I wasn’t sure how it would look in thin cotton like I did but maybe i could try a bottom weight stretch like yours. I think that this is one of those patterns that once you master the gusset it is a really easy and quick sew. I’m determined to find a easier lining solution so it’s faster though. Sewing 8 collective gusset pivots got old pretty quick.


rockabillykitten July 8, 2012 at 2:08 pm

I found this pattern ran really large. I agree with the out of control lining!


Always Alice July 8, 2012 at 5:28 pm

I agree. I went down a size in the bust and I should have cut probably 2 down in the waist. I could take 2 inches out of the waist to have it really fitted. I wentby the ease they gave instrad of measuring for myself. Gets ,e every time. It works as it is but for a really tailored look I would deff take a bit more out of the waist.


EmSewCrazy July 7, 2012 at 10:03 pm

Sooo cute and lovely! What a nice job you did! I am really liking this pattern!


Deb July 7, 2012 at 10:39 pm

So cute! And the fabric- I love it!


Jill July 8, 2012 at 8:47 am

I love your fabric! So perfect for summer.


Katrina - Edelweiss Patterns July 8, 2012 at 1:34 pm

Lovely job! I love the back neckline, and the color is so pretty on you. : )

Happy sewing,



Handmade Jane July 8, 2012 at 2:14 pm

Aw I love it, especially the pretty fabric and yellow belt. The shape suits you perfectly, great job. x


Yunims July 8, 2012 at 2:33 pm

very chic dress


Dawn July 8, 2012 at 3:08 pm

so cute


Always Alice July 8, 2012 at 3:14 pm

Thanks so much ladies! I have already worn it three times and it may take the place as a favorite away from my Advance shirtwaist dresses. It’s a bit of a fabric hog so I am thinking of using a different skirt next time.


Heather Lou July 9, 2012 at 12:26 pm

HA HA HA, serendipity! Love your version – it’s so sweet and ladylike. I posted some links to gusset help on my blog post on this dress. There was a video I found that was insanely helpful. I have to say, I just love seeing what two different people will come up with when we tackle the same pattern – proof we really are special and unique snowflakes.


Always Alice July 9, 2012 at 1:15 pm

Me too! The gussets are such a pain in the butt. It’s like I know exactly what I want to do but the cotton is so light it kept getting one ripple on the turn. Then I’d have to take the stich out and be reminded of my misfortune with little holes. Luckily they rubbed right out. I found a pattern in my stashwithanother gusset and a slim skirt cut all as one so I’m going to try that too. I squished up all the skirt on the 5605 dress to mimick a slim skirt and it’s looks good!


Jessie July 12, 2012 at 12:55 pm

This looks fantastic! I am about to start drafting a kimono sleeve pattern, and I’m dreading the gussets. Yuck.


Becky Culbertson July 13, 2012 at 11:39 am

Love it! This is actually the next pattern in my stack; I already have the fabric – just need the time! It’ great to see it made up. It looks great on you. Fabulous job!


stacysewsandschools July 13, 2012 at 12:41 pm

I love the dress!! The fabric is fabulous!! I have been eyeing that pattern for a while now. I think I need to go get it! ;)


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