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Sunday, September 26, 2010

Butterick 5527 Border Print Tunic

Finally it's cool enough to wear this top!  I made this last month, but it had stayed in the 80's and 90's almost all of September. 

This is a great rayon knit border print that I got from Fabric Mart.  I was constantly on the lookout for a pattern that could use a border print.  Finally I found Butterick 5527
This is laid out on the cross-grain, which means that the stretch of the fabric actually goes up and down.
It takes a lot of fabric for a top- 2-3/4 yards is the recommended amount for the medium, so the lighterweight the fabric the better.  I would like to make it again in a cotton jersey knit, maybe as the top length.
 
This is one of their patterns that can be a short top, tunic or dress.  I cut out at the tunic length.  Because the pattern was curved, and my border was straight, I just straightened out both the hem curve, and the waist curve.



The waistband is two 3/4" elastic strips inside a casing.  I had just enough of my border print left to use it in the casing to break up the print.

The sleeves are banded with a straight strip of fabric, with the length of the fabric becoming ties.  I used the dark purple part of my border for this.
This is a super comfy top that I think I'll get a lot of wear out of.  Great for a border print knit too!

4 comments:

  1. Oh, very cute! I like that it has waist definition, and your border print is perfect.

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  2. this is very very cute! great job!

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  3. Eyecatchingly stylish tunic, Ann! Very nice merge of style and fabric design!

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  4. I LOVE this top on you. The length is perfect. The border print is fab. And it looks super with the white pants.

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