Statement Suit: Butterick 6523

I actually completed this suit right before the end of the year as it was my December Fabricista blog post. So you can check it out more of my thoughts on the fabric here and scroll below for more pics and my pattern review. I’m really happy with this suit!B6523openfrontButterick 6523 is an OOP pattern, but I found it on Etsy. It’s actually still available from Butterick in the larger sizes and as pdfs. I wanted to make a suit, but a simple one and this one fit the bill. The jacket is unlined with no closure and the pants have are basic with a side zip.

This jacket called for sew in lining attached the front pieces and I didn’t understand why. Since I didn’t have sew in interfacing I instead attached fusible interfacing to the jacket facings and that worked well. I also added a mixed metal button for fun. It isn’t functional as the jacket has inner snaps and the tie sash for closures.

B6523tieThis chartreuse suiting is a light/medium weight suiting so it can be a punch of color during the cooler months and transition right into brights of spring. It also has 4-way stretch which makes it very comfy to wear.For a clean finish in the jacket, since it is unlined, I used a hong kong finish for the seams. I skipped this on the pants and opted for serged edges, but look at how that serger thread matches!

B6523QtrPattern: Butterick 6523

Pattern Description: Loose-fitting jackets have neckline variations. A, B: Collar, self belt. B; Contrast collar. C: Attached tie ends and snap closure. Fitted pants have wide front and back yoke and side invisible zipper.

Sizing: 6-14, 14-22 I used a size 18Difficulty: 3/Advanced beginner

Fabric Used: Chartreuse polyester stretch suiting by Milly from Fabric Mart (sold out)

Does it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope? YesWere the instructions easy to follow? Yes

Likes: Jacket/unlined jacket, no closures. Pants/wide waistband

Dislikes: none

Pattern alterations or any design changes made: None

Would I sew it again? PossiblyWould I recommend it to others? Yes

4 responses to “Statement Suit: Butterick 6523”

  1. Very nice! Love the color on you.


  2. Beautiful pieces. Any best practices you can provide on how to fit pants?


    1. I would highly recommend trying an amazing fit pattern by Simplicity. They include great instructions on fitting and provide a slim, average and curvy cut. See my last post on Simplicity 1017.

      There’s are so many adjustments that can be made on pants. I’d recommend starting with a muslin of a pattern you’d like to make to see where your issues are. Once you figure out what adjustments you may need you typically can make those same adjustments to all pants. I almost always need to add an inch to the back crotch. Wide leg , side zip pants are the easiest to construct and adjust in my opinion.


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