Butterick 6355 Tail Dress and Blouse

I just finished two projects from Butterick 6355.

I used view B. I was going to make my dress using Butterick 6355, but after looking at the illustration, I am worried about the sleeves. Ummmm? The sleeves are located under the armpits in the illustration. Really? I thought they were too low. I decided to make a muslin before making a dress.

At first, I made this white cotton blouse as a trial. This pattern doesn't include a placket, but I added it. I chose a size S. These sleeves were too low and uncomfortable to wear. I cut the armholes by 3/4 inches, also shortened the elastic by one inch and shortened the sleeve length by two inches. I did it and it was perfect fit.

I love the tailed and A-line shaped design, but I don't want it to make me look bigger. They have big silhouettes, but don't look so droopy to make a placket. I made the navy dress after I finished the blouse. I sewed the dress using Italian cotton which, at a glance, looks like suede. However, the dress is airy and comfortable to wear. I think light linen matches the dress version too. I increased the length by 15 3/4 inches, so I ended up taking 3/4 inches off of each side seam.

I made the blouse as a trial but I love it better than another dress that I made. This pattern doesn't need a zipper and has other nice options. I recommend it to beginners.

I love the A-line look of the dress. I would love to make a view A (layers flare) next time. I enjoyed making these. It's very fun dress to make and wear.

Fabric: Blouse 45" 2 3/4yd, Dress 58" 2 3/4yd
Total time spent: 11 hours





34 comments

  1. Such a pretty blouse, but I am really loving the dress variation. It's gorgeous. I hope I haven't missed any of your posts, I have been busy with work recently. Can't wait to see your next make.

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    1. Thank you Sarah. I am glad that you like the dress. I really love reading others sewing blogs but I often miss their posts...I'm a very slow reader(*_*)

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  2. Eli, I love the dress! It looks wonderful on you. I mean this in the best way... ちょっと魔女の宅急便見たい‼︎

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    1. Thank you, Jane! You know "魔女の宅急便"? Please call me "Kiki" he he.

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  3. The shape is very interesting. I like the blouse version but I absolutely adore the dress!!! *^V^* You made a great job moving the sleeves up a bit, I agree they looked strange starting under the armpit line.
    You've just inspired me again with another project! I think I need a blue linen dress for this Summer. ^^*~~

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    1. Thank you Joanna! I really love both projects, I would like to make this pattern again.
      If my work helps your project, I am pleased. I think blight blue suits you well. I can't wait for your new dress and picture too(^.^)

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  4. Your changes are perfect! and I love the dress. Such interesting and pretty fabric. I also think the placket works really well to balance the volume of the dress and blouse.

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    1. Thank you, Coco! You are so kind. I agree with you, the placket works very well:) I love your new pants, so I will read your blog.

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  5. Stunning dress. Very clever to move the sleeves up, I never would have figured that part out.

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    1. Thank you for reading my blog, Celeste! I am glad that they worked out somehow.

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  6. You took this pattern to a whole other level of beauty! I LOVE this top. It couldn't be more perfect for summer. What a great make!

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    1. Thank you Shirley for your sweet comment! I am glad that I got this pattern. It's very useful:) I look forward to seeing your next project.

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  7. the navy dress is such a sophisticated look and is beautiful on you. and the test version is so cute with the cargo pants. So far I have not been a fan of the cold shoulder look but your versions are really nice.

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    1. Thank you for praising me, Beth. I am flattered. I often wear the cargo pants in warm season because they are more comfortable than jeans:)

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  8. Beautiful dress - looks especially nice with the red heels!!! The shirt is exceptional too! The placket that you added really gives it extra style - love it!

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    1. Thank you for your kind comment. I love the red heels, they are one of my favorite shoes:) Have a nice weekend, Janie!

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  9. Beautiful dress and blouse. I'm a plus size (XL) think the dress would be cute on me. Breezy and fun.

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    1. Thank you for visiting my blog, Janet! Very pleased. I love this pattern and recommend it to everyone.

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  10. Oh Eli Cat, I'm in love with both pieces especially the top and your pictures are gorgeous.

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    1. Thank you for praising me, Faye! I am very pleased:)

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  11. Both pieces are absolutely gorgeous. You are just so very talented. You have a great eye for what works and always make beautiful things. I agree the sleeve starting at the armpit looked a little odd. Your adjustments are perfect!

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    1. Thank you, Tomasa! To be honest, the sleeves were so weird before I adjusted(*_*) I'm happy with the results now. I would love to make a blouse with big flared sleeves like yours.

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  12. Gorgeous blouse and dress!

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    1. Thank you Linda! Your comments are always sweet:)

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  13. Wow, both pieces look amazing. You are so creative. You always take beautiful pictures.

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    1. Thank you so much. You always say the nicest thing!

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  14. Very nice blouses andy pretty fabric.

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    1. Thank you for visiting my blog, Dalwi! Very pleased.

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  15. These are beautiful and gorgeous photos!

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    1. Thank you very much Renata! You are so kind:)

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  16. I love these! So airy and light :)

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    1. Thank you for your lovely comment, Maria!

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