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Friday, 29 May 2015

Butterick 5283 Knit Top

I dug out this old knit top pattern (sorry to say it's no longer available on the Butterick website) to find I had already cut out View C in a size 12.  I have no idea whatever happened to that, but am guessing it was too big and probably attempted in the days when I couldn't find decent knit fabric.  Time for another go.




I trimmed down the pattern to a size 10 after looking at the finished measurements on the pattern tissue and pulled a navy and cream stripy knit from the stash.

I didn't realise until I got started that the whole front is a double layer (for Views A and B just the bust part is doubled) and I was short on fabric so I broke all the rules, cut the front off grain and pieced it so it had an on grain portion at the hem that lined up with the horizontal stripes on the back.  This was a bit of a risk, but seems to have worked, stripes and twists are always quite fun to play with.


Once you have cut it out properly it goes together quite easily.  The instructions are written well (except for the usual serger existence denial), but they do jump around a bit between views so you have to take care not to miss a step.

The double layered front means that the neck and front arm are finished neatly and the back neck and arm are just turned and stitched.  This makes it quite an easy sew if you have trouble with t shirt bindings.  If I had the smarts I should have stitched the back neck in navy thread, oh well, I'm not unpicking it and risking it stretching out.



As it turns out I didn't need to make any alterations from a size 10 although the shoulder seam falls forward a bit, this might be partly due to the extra weight of the fabric in the front.  Anyway I am quite pleased to have rediscovered this little gem in my pattern stash and will be trying this and the other views again.

So I guess my twist obsession continues, after I posted my Style Arc Jessica dress, PatsiJean commented to let me know about Studio Faro, a really interesting blog that demonstrates pattern manipulation.  I don't know when I will get around to experimenting with it, but it makes fascinating reading.  Has anyone seen this already and tried something inspired by it?

Photos of me wearing it coming in the next post - shorts.  Bright red shorts.....

Here are my new sewing room companions, I only let them in when I am there, which of course makes it the most desirable place to be.  Unsupervised they can open drawers, pull out all the contents and cause havoc with my serger threads.  I think their legs and ears have finished growing, the rest of them still needs to catch up!


19 comments:

Jenny said...

The off-grain experiment is very successful. It makes all of the stripe directions really interesting.

Levone said...

I love this top, great job with the stripes!

Sabrina Dotson said...

Nice top! That fabric was perfect for that pattern too.

Beth (SunnyGal Studio) said...

that is so cute and the stripe placement is very visually interesting. looks very ready-to-wear (mean that as a compliment :) and yes Studio Faro, I have been looking at it but haven't tried anything. I love twisty things lately too.

Paulinakoss Bruce said...

Stripes will never cease to amaze me with their versatility! Your top turned out very nice. I might copy it as I have that pattern!
I've been pinning a lot of things from Studio Faro but haven't made any yet! It seems quite daunting but you never know, I might tackle one of those for my knock offs!

Nancy K said...

I wish I'd bought this pattern back when because this is fabulous! I love it in stripes. Studio Faro has a very interesting blog.

Linda T said...

I like your version very much, especially the mix of the offgrain cut! I think I may have this pattern; I'll have to look for it. Oh, and thanks for the blog link; I must check it out.

Vicki said...

That worked out really well! Definitely make some more! Studio Faro is great but haven't attempted anything yet.

Sharon said...

Your experiment paid off, this top looks great love the stripes.

I have been following Studio Faro for a while and she also does workshops at our ASG group, the next one in July, which thankfully is the basics but I am often intrigued by what she has to share on he blog.

velosewer said...

I have that pattern and you've done a great job with it. Those stripes are a great choice.

Your new sewing room friends look right at home:))

Colleen Laschuk said...

I love how the top turned out. Success!

Jean said...

I love this style! I haven't tried a twisty style yet, but I need to -- so flattering. And your kitties are so cute! My cat just likes to find the most expensive fabric around and curl up on it -- no polyester for him!

Merche Martinez said...

Great top!! I´m looking forward to seeing you in it!

Gail said...

I made such a mess of this pattern - too big. Love your version in stripes.

studiofaro said...

Thanks for the mention and the link. I adore the effect of the off grain cut. Very clever. :)

JD said...

I just did a 3-day block workshop with Anita at Studio Faro. She is fabulous and I've signed up for next month's Pattern making course. Main motivation is to make that Vivienne Westwood style dress she has up there. Definitely recommend a class with Anita to anyone who's Sydney based (or happy to travel). It's not a sewing class - it's all about pattern making and manipulation. Then you head home and make your toiles and come back for a fitting. Very interesting. And I love the stripe work on this top. I've been lurking for a while and have now decided to actually start commenting on people's blogs!

Anelise Newman said...

I love your top! It's simple but visually arresting. I tried making the same pattern a couple months ago because I loved the design, but even though I pre-shrunk my fabric it shrunk more when I washed it...suffice it to say, your version is infinitely more successful than mine ;)

Susan Anfang said...

Love this top! Now I'm obsessed with getting the pattern!!!

Tia Dia said...

This is wonderful! I have some wide-striped fabric that I want to make an off-grain dress from, and your post is so timely! I love the neckline of this, and your little tweakings to get use up the fabric have made a brilliant top. Love!