Sunday, July 18, 2010

Butterick 5493 Sleeveless Top Pattern Review

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Butterick 5493 Pattern Description:
Sleeveless tops with four neckline variations- draped, asymmetrical drape, cowl, and ruffle. The ruffle variation is for a knit. The other three are for wovens. The top has bust darts.

Pattern Sizing: Misses 8-24.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, I made View C which has the asymmetrical front drape. The pattern of the fabric on the neck drape somehow managed to line up almost perfectly with the top piece, so you have to look closely at the photo to even see the extra piece of fabric there.



Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes, it was quite easy to sew.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I just love each and every style in this pattern! I think each one is a great unique variation on a standard tank top. The pattern calls for stretch wovens or crepe for views a-c. I did not use a stretch woven, but my fabric did have a lot of "give".

Fabric Used: A wild jungle print silk charmeuse. Luscious to wear. I've worn it several times already this summer. The only problem with it, and you can see this in the photo, is that the charmeuse is weighty enough to pull the neckline down further on the one side that the drape is longer. It doesn't bother me, but if you want the neckline to stay symmetrical with this view, you'd need a lighter weight fabric to pull it off. You will need something that you can narrow hem fairly easily if you want to make one of the views with the draped fronts.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I did a 1-1/2 inch full bust adjustment at the dart level. I also lengthened it 2 inches. The pattern calls for prepackaged bias tape to bind the armholes. I made my own bias tape from the charmeuse for this purpose. I couldn't see using that stiff prepackaged stuff on such a fluid fabric.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes, and yes. I want to make each and every view in this pattern. As LynnRowe says that knit tops are her sewing "snack", I think I will make this one my sewing "snack"- something to use up those short cuts of fabric that I can finish in a couple of hours.

Conclusion: Love this pattern! Quick, unique and fun to wear. My fabric was $10/yard, and the pattern calls for 1-5/8 yards of 45" fabric, so with pattern, fabric and thread, the top cost under $20.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Pendleton Wool Toddler Jackets

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You would think that the last thing you'd want to do on a hot July day is sew with wool, but with Fall coming up before you know it, that is exactly what I did today!

Julie from the Pendleton Woolen Mill store in Portland, Oregon, sent me several pieces of some beautiful Pendleton wools to make models for their store of our Petal Jacket and our Wonder Jacket patterns.  This first one is the Petal Jacket made from a floral wool stripe called Rosalita Lisere and lined with a rust wool flannel.  This jacket is completely reversible.  It only has partial sleeves, so it is easy to put on and like a poncho.

The next jacket- a Wonder Jacket, is made from a Native pattern, an exclusive Pendleton fabric called Rio Rancho.  It is stunning!

 If you like any of these fabrics, you can order them from the Pendleton Woolen Mill store
 
Take a look at the back.  I folded the fabric so that this pretty starburst pattern would be in the center of the back. 





The Wonder Jacket is a neat little pattern that has the front, back, and collar all cut in one piece!  It can be made lined or unlined.  I made this one unlined, and I left the edges raw, just topstitching with some gold topstitching thread around the edges. 

I used the size 24 brushed gold snaps from the Snap Source for both jackets.  Here is a close-up picture of one of the snaps.  They are really easy to apply, but it does require that you use a size 24 Adapter to the base of the size 16 Snap Setter.

Also, I got a new camera!  My last camera was purchased in 2001, so I'm excited to see what this up to minute technology can do, especially when it comes to taking good close-up pictures of fabrics. I've actually got quite a backlog of projects to share with you, but have just been waiting on this new camera.


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