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!



  1. Gorgeous looking fabrics. I love these colours

  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.

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

  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!

  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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