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Butterick 5493 Sleeveless Top Pattern Review

  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

Pendleton Wool Toddler Jackets

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