Butterick 6417 Suede Finish Blouses


I've gotten quite a good start on my First Frost Wardrobe Capsule.  I decided to start with the woven blouse fabrics, because sometimes I lose steam over the course of making a capsule, and the woven fabrics are always the last chosen, and thus often orphaned!  So, to start, I chose two sueded polyester blouse fabrics that I had recently picked up from Fabric Mart.  One in a dusty teal, and the other in a dusty rose.


I chose Butterick 6417 and made View B, which is the long sleeve version with the shawl collar.  This definitely was not my best work- my daughter is home visiting from Germany, and while I was making it, she kept on visiting me in my sewing room and chatting.  I just can't sew and chat at the same time, and ended up messing up the cuffs on both shirts.  One has the cuff button/buttonholes reversed, and the other has the sleeves in totally backwards.

But, I didn't have enough fabric to recut, and decided that ripping out would be a riskier venture than just leaving them as is.  And after wearing them a few times, it hasn't bothered me one bit.


As soon as I made these, I started wearing them ALL of the time!  Which is a great sign!  They have been just perfect for the weather that we've been having- highs in the 50's.  That little bit of a sueded finish makes all of the difference in the world when it comes to providing warmth.  Here's the back view:



 They remind me of a flannel shirt, and are really comfortable.  Even though the pattern didn't call for interfacing the front and collar area, I did interface the inside layer of the center front pieces.  I wasn't sure if I needed to, and from my experience, when in doubt- interface!  But these have both been worn and washed now, and I can see that the center front pieces are puckering a bit, so probably the interfacing layer shrunk, and my sueded polyester did not.  I really don't mind though- if anything, it calls attention to the design lines a little more.  I think if I made it again, and my fabric wasn't too thin, I'd probably try it with no interfacing.


Oh, and the other thing that I decided to do was to tack the overlap together, so that I could bend over and not worry about the view.  Just a couple of stitches, and it's held together nicely.   I think I'm going to get a lot of use out of these two- I just love the colors, and they feel so soft. 

How about you- can you sew and chat at the same time?

Happy Sewing!

Ann

5 comments

  1. Gorgeous looking fabrics. I love these colours

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  2. Love your tops, I'm inspired to look for this pattern. I can see this top in a plaid flannel. The lavender color looks great on you. You look lovely.

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  3. So glad they still worked out for you. The sueded fabric looks lovely and warm and snuggly!

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  4. What lovely tops you made! I think the Butterick pattern is a great match for your suede fabric. And I can sew and chat when I am working on a TNT. If it is a "new to me" pattern...forget about it, LOL!

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  5. These are beautiful blouses, the colours are lovely. I am certainly going to send for this pattern and sew one. Thank you for your inspiration.

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