Monday, 28 January 2008

Butterick 4985 Top - Finished

Here is my completed top/jacket. It's freezing here at the moment (well relatively at least since we don't have any central heating here) and the idea of even trying on this short sleeve top is not fun so the photo of me wearing it was taken rather quickly. I am really happy with the top and am looking forward to wearing it when I go to lovely, hot Australia on Thursday for the Chinese New Year holiday. Here is a clearer photo.

The fabric originally came from Spotlight (the Aussie homeware store) in Singapore last year. The hardest part of making this top was matching the pattern on the fabric. I cut in a single layer, piece by piece, with the centre of the pattern running down the centre front and back of the top. I made no attempt to try and match at the side, shoulder and armhole seams - I think it would be impossible to match everywhere and it was making my head hurt thinking about it! You can see the final placement of the ribbon is slightly different to my earlier little sketch. I decided to keep to vertical lines only, including on the sleeve which gives it a more sporty look than most asian style tops. 

I hit my usual problem of trying to find fastenings I was happy with. I considered using some Chinese buttons, but felt it looked too similar to tops readily available in the markets here (nothing wrong with that, but if I am going to the effort of making it, it may as well look a bit different). Finally I settled on cover buttons and I did my best to match the buttons to the fabric they ended up sitting on to keep the closure as invisible as possible (wrinkly photo below). The advantage of doing all that pattern matching means that when I wear this shirt as a jacket, the buttons also sort of match the fabric underneath. I again swapped the sleeve of the pattern to Vogue jacket 8331 which keeps the volume without quite as much puffiness!

I really like this pattern, it's very versatile. This is the 3rd time I have made it and I'm sure there will be more.


Antie said...

Your blouse is stunning...when I clicked on the pattern I was shocked to see the pattern, I have made this pattern once before and I would never have guessed you used this pattern to create this incredible blouse. Bravo!

Erica B. said...

That is one gorgeous blouse! It fits perfectly!

Sigrid said...

Lovely blouse, the fabric and the lines make it stand out.

Vicki said...

I really like what you have done with this pattern. Worth the effort!

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

Ohmygosh that is simply stunning! I love everything about it and all of the time and effort you put into it certainly paid off!

Michelle said...

i just got this pattern,i love what you've done with it.

eman alshazly said...

شركة تنظيف خزانات بمكة
شركة كشف تسربات المياه بالخبر
موقع اثاث مستعمل
اثاث مستعمل بالرياض
شركة كشف تسربات بمكة
شركة عزل خزانات بمكة
ارخص شركة نقل اثاث بالرياض
اثاث مستعمل في الرياض
افضل شركات تنظيف وتخزين بالرياض
اشهر شركات تنظيف وتخزين بالرياض
شركات تنظيف وتخزين
شركات تنظيف وتخزين بالرياض
شركة تسليك مجاري بضرما
شركة نقل أثاث بضرما
شركة تخزين أثاث بضرما
شركة كشف تسربات المياه بضرما
شركة كشف تسربات بمكة
شركة عزل خزانات بمكة
ارخص شركة نقل اثاث بالرياض
اثاث مستعمل في الرياض

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