Sunday, March 31, 2013

Finished Item - Butterick 5678

This was my entry into the Pattern Review Fitted Blouse Contest. I had intended to make a couple of shirts but didn't get around to it. I didn't start this one until last week!

I technically muslined this about a month or so ago, and never came back to it. I don't remember the sleeves on the muslin version being extra long. But I did remember it being a little snug. I didn't have time to try to fit another size (either the 16C or a 14D or fit the 14C with an FBA). I didn't want to suss all that out. Sue me. ;-)

Muslin of 5678

For my garment, I found some soft poly/cotton blend fabric in a soft tan that I really liked. I scored 2.5 yards of it for like $5. I like $5 shirts. It took FOREVER to sew though! Oy vey!!! 

I'm also adding it to Faye's essential top sewalong! There's some good stuff over there!

I like the shirt and will definitely be wearing it.

I don't think the stand is supposed to extend that far but whatev.

Front (it looks wrinkly)

I sewed on the buttons with my machine!!!!

I worked hard on my topstitching!


**I am not anti-polyester - but I wore the pink top (New Look 6104) yesterday and was sweating something fierce. My office is a freezer, but I had to keep my jacket (as in blazer type) off because I didn't want to start sweating. This fabric is 65% poly/35% cotton. I thought it was the other way around. I'm definitely more aware of my fabric choices now, but not quite ready to dive into expensive fabrics. I'm still aiming for garments at a total cost of under $20.

Pattern Description: 

Misses top with collar, length variation and optional sash

Pattern Sizing:
14-20 (A/B, C, D) - I cut a 14C

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?

Were the instructions easy to follow?

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
It works out well. I like the shaping of the princess seams, but it makes for a ton of pattern pieces. It takes a loooong time to put it all together. The shirt body has 7 pieces (2 left front, 2 right front, 3 back). Then the sleeves, the continuous laps, the cuffs, the collar stand, the collar. WHEW!  I did much better on the collar this time. I really took my time on it. It's messy on one side (the stand) but I really like my work on it. It would probably fit slightly better if it had a yoke.

Fabric Used:

Cotton blend (65% poly, 35% cotton)

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:

Left off the pockets, I don't like breast pockets. I didn't add the collar button. I cut view A but added a regular collar.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?

Yes and yes.


Not a quick sew but I think the sizing is good. Next time I'll shorten the sleeves and consider doing a swayback adjustment. 


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