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Thursday, 2 June 2016

Butterick 5753 Knit Top

Whenever I take advantage of one of the BMV sales to order patterns online inevitably I end up buying a few "fillers".  If the shipping is the same price for 4 patterns as it is for 7, well I will find 7 patterns (which I am sure is the whole idea).

This is one such filler, it's a pretty basic top and I probably have something similar in my years of Burda magazines that I could tweak, but I know myself well enough by now to know that I won't get around to it.



I made view C with the tie front, it looked pretty roomy so I cut a size smaller than my usual pattern size and used the Small.

I added a seam to the centre back, purely to fit onto my fabric, a deep sky blue knit that I had only bought a small amount of to match an orphan skirt (more on that later).  I also stitched up the side seams quite a bit higher than the pattern indicated to make the armholes smaller - I think around 8cm.


This is a very easy pattern, but the pattern instructions just say to do a 5/8" double hem on the neck and all around the hem and ties.  The neck is probably wide enough that you can get away with this treatment, although I used a strip of fabric as a mini facing instead.  I think if you try and do their suggested hem treatment around the ties it would be an exercise in major frustration with a messy result.  I did a kind of narrow hem treatment instead which is much easier, albeit not perfect.  I stitched a line all around the hem and ties just a presser foot width from the edge, pressed up against this line , stitched again and then trimmed away the excess close to the stitching.    


The front piece, can you imagine trying to turn 5/8" on that hem?
As I mentioned the neckline is very wide so I attached some lingerie straps to keep it in place.  I'm slightly embarrassed to confess these are purchased, but it's really easy to make your own with ribbon and press studs.  Hey at least I sewed them in instead of using the little safety pins they came with!  

If I make this again I will make the neckline narrower, views A&B appear to have a smaller neck.  I'm also intrigued by views A&B, the notch in the sleeve looks a bit weird, but the colour blocking will be good for using up some up my many leftover bits of jersey.



Here is the skirt that I made a while back and have neglected due to a lack of tops to wear with it.  It is a very simple straight skirt from an ancient Burda that I like because it hangs straight,  yet doesn't need a walking split.  There is a similar one in 05/2016 - 120.  Both originally have a side zipper, but I move it to the back if I can as it's much easier to fit as I go that way.

I love the print on this fabric, sort of a close up gemstone print. and it should be easy enough to find other things to pair this with.  The fabric is a silk crepe so I underlined the pieces in silk satin to give it a bit more body.











18 comments:

Tina Briggs said...

I do the same when ordering patterns. I select the most important ones and then keep adding a few fillers to make the most out of the postage cost.
I do love the fabric you used for the skirt!

Jenny said...

Very cute outfit for summer, and I know exactly what you mean about "I could figure this out with patterns I already have, but I know I won't." That is completely me! :-)

Mariela Alethia said...

Pretty and summery!

Amanda S. said...

Very pretty! I LOVE the print on the skirt.

Irene said...

What a lovely outfit! The blue looks spectacular on you.

Amy said...

Great outfit. That skirt print is amazing!!!

Beth (SunnyGal Studio) said...

wow I love this outfit - so nice that you were able to make that top which coordinates perfectly as that skirt fabric is fantastic -so beautiful.

Nancy K said...

Great outfit!

sewandsnip said...

I always end up buying more patterns than I really need to! But your filler was worth it, it's a lovely top😃

Joan Weakland said...

Very good assessment of the sewing changes needed on that top pattern, Allison! I am surprised at the neckline, as it resembles none of the views of the pattern illustration, A-B NOR C-D!

Love your skirt and its fabric!

Very nice ensemble together.

Catherine Daze said...

Lovely combination. The shapes work very well together.

velosewer said...

Gorgeous outfit Allison. They pair up real well.

Summer Flies said...

Oh isn't it a lovely outfit! The neckline is very wide as you say. It does look lovely on you though.

Vicki said...

They look great together! Love the colours.

Audrey said...

I really like this outfit. The simple top looks great the wonderful printed skirt.

Doctor T Designs said...

Love the combo! The print on the skirt is lovely. And the shirt looks like one of those pieces that would've been easy to construct but gets worn a lot. Looks like a great outfit for summer.

Gail said...

You certainly have a knack for seeing the promise beyond a hideous pattern illustration. I love this top and I can't tell how much I want that skirt in my own wardrobe.

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