Butterick Dress B6318


The Butterick B6318 dress sewing pattern, it’s perfect for an advanced beginner dressmaker. This dress has semi-fitted bodice, short dolman sleeves, wide single-layer tie ends (wrong side shows), narrow hem, full gathered skirt and back zipper. B: Contrast tie ends.
Designed for lightweight woven fabrics.
FABRICS: Broadcloth, Gingham, Linen, Taffeta.
*With nap.**Without nap.
Unsuitable for obvious diagonals.
NOTIONS: 22″ Zipper, 33/4 yds. of Seam Binding, One Hook & Eye.
Size Combinations: A5(6-8-10-12-14),E5(14-16-18-20-22)

This sewing pattern is available in PAPER format only.

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Additional information


Chiffon / Georgette, Cottons / Chambray / Lawn / Quilting, Linen


UK 6 / US 2 / EU 34, UK 8 / US 4 / EU 36, UK 10 / US 6 / EU 38, UK 12 / US 8 / EU 40, UK 14 / US 10 / EU 42, UK 16 / US 12 / EU 44, UK 18 / US 14 / EU 46, UK 20 / US 16 / EU 48, UK 22 / US 18 / EU 50

Sewing level


Make time

All weekend or longer

Pattern format

PAPER AA (6 – 14), PAPER E5 (14 – 22)

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  1. 2 out of 2 people found this helpful
    Mel Forrest

    5 out of 5 Vintage vibes!

    Mel Forrest

    The Butterick B6318 is one of those patterns that lots of people have tucked away in their collection – it’s probably on your ‘to sew’ list too, but is always overtaken by other projects – am I right? Well I would urge you to dig it out, because it’s an absolute winner and I bet you will love it!

    If you are used to ‘big four’ instructions then this is a super simple make. Those more familiar with the detail and clarity of indie patterns may find the instructions quite sparse, but wouldn’t find the construction itself difficult. The sleeves are grown-on and the bodice is designed to have a ‘relaxed fit’, which makes this a very straightforward sew.

    I think the reason this project gets put on the back-burner by many people is because of the quantity of fabric required to make it. I looked at some beautiful linens, but as they were narrow I would have needed to spend about £60 on fabric – not a price I’m prepared to pay for a pattern I’ve never made before. In the end I found this pretty striped linen from Seasalt – it’s 150cm wide, so 3m was just enough and I waited until it was reduced from £55 to £32.50 in their sale – a much better price!

    I made a calico toile of the bodice in a size 8 to get an idea of the fit and I could only just do it up at the waist (mine measures about 27.5″). I decided to make a size 10 bodice and grade to a 12 at the waist to make sure the dress was comfortable, knowing that even if it ended up being too big, the waist ties would give me a nice fitted silhouette. I think next time I would make a straight size 10, as there is plenty of ease at the waist and the bodice fits very comfortably.

    The only slight change I made to the pattern was to double the length of the waist ties. I wanted to be able to wrap them back around to the front instead of tying at the back and have plenty of length to make a nice long bow!

    I’m so pleased I finally got around to making this dress and I definitely think I’ll make it again. I love the vintage vibe and how such a simple pattern can look so effective with a good choice of fabric.

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    I made this dress as my entry to the Little Red Dress project. I wanted to finally use this lovely red cotton that has been in my stash for two years. Since it is such a special fabric, I decided to make a toile of the bodice of the dress. Glad that I did so. I needed to grade between sizes to have the fit right. In the end it was worth the extra effort. I think this dress fits very nicely.

    This is a fairly simple and quick dress to make. Since it doesn’t have separate sleeves, pockets or anything else extra, the construction is simple. However, it does have this nice belt that gives the dress some character. It has a vintage look but not too much so. I think it is well suited for modern life.

    I would recommend this pattern to anyone who loves vintage dresses. Just note that it is worth the effort to check the measurements couple of times and make a toile.

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    I am so happy with this dress, I was fairly confident it would look ok because there were so many lovely ones that had been reviewed online but is even better than I had hoped. My daughter looks just lovely in it. The dress has a definite 50s feel that is very flattering. It was fairly straightforward to sew although the instruction for attaching the neck facing are a bit scant. I didn’t make an alterations or adjustments to the pattern.

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