Thursday, June 16, 2011

Not Quite a Wadder

I've been absent from Blogland for a while because I've been trying to catch up on weeding and other yard work now that it's no longer raining every day.I have done some sewing though.

Does anyone else out there love this pattern?



It's Butterick 5646 and I loved it the minute I saw it.I was a little leery of the length and I decided to make a mock up first using a crinkle semi sheer polyester that has a nice weight from my stash.I made View B.It's the green one in the picture.

The long slanted bust dart posed a problem because I don't know how to do an FBA on this type of front. This is what I came up with.




I added 3/4 inch below the dart across the front , then made the legs of the dart 3/8"wider on each side and tapered them to meet the same end point. It didn't really do the trick and is going to take some tweaking. If anyone out there knows the correct way to do this please let me know! I'd really appreciate it. I'm thinking bust dart but I'm not sure.

I knew before starting out that the back would be way too long so I had to cut off about 3" there. Now the back didn't meet the angled sides of the front piece so I had to trim off the side point from the front piece.Here is the line drawing



I'll show you the finished top now. It's still plenty long enough.I just couldn't get a decent shot on my dress form so ...





Do you know what I forgot to do? I forgot to check how low the armhole sets!!! ooh! Frustration!
It's really low!! Thus my reaction to the finished garment...an almost wadder.
I know I can wear a cami underneath it and I will, but I decided to do something quite radical...I added a piece to fill in the bottom of the armhole. See! Not very elegant but it feels better.



The pockets are quite unique. To shape them into the square they're suppose to be ,I had to use some stabilizer. I show what I did here on my other blog.



I'm also not satisfied with the cut of the shoulders and upper chest.
If I do make this again, I'm going to redraft that section along with the armscye.

Anyway, I don't know if it's worth blogging on this piece but what the heck.







It actually looks better and is quite cute in real life. It just doesn't photograph well.

Would I make this again?

Yes I think so . It's a comfy and elegant top . I'll probably wear this one as an at-home piece or at a barbecue type gathering.

So if you like this pattern, go ahead and give it a try. Please let me know if you do. I'd love to see it made up by someone else.

More pics here.

More later from


9 comments:

Lori said...

Cute top, perfect for summer.

SewBarbie said...

Wow, what a difference when you are wearing it, it really looks great!

lisabeth said...

I LOVE this pattern. I just posted on your other blog. I think I will learn a lot reading your blog since I am a new sewer. I wish the pattern companies would state the fabric that they used. I happen to love the green print shown in the fabric photo.
I'll book mark this blog too-thank you for blogging because it really does help new sewers!

Gail said...

I wouldn't call this anything near a wadder!

Karin said...

It looks cute on. It's a perfect, casual summer top!

Connie Bontje said...

Cute top~ funny, I just suggested that armhole fix to a friend last week! Great minds or something like that!

Pauline said...

Hello! I just discovered both of your lovely blogs through another one I follow - "Patty's Place"- and I'm now "following" them both! I love to sew, but unfortunately my machine is in disrepair right now - so sad - and it's a bit of a struggle for me anyway. So am hoping to learn some helpful tips from you! Your projects all look so pretty, and easy to do - can't wait to see more of them!

Linda T said...

I picked up this pattern today. I just had to give it a try. Let you know how it works for me when I get around to sewing it.

Linda T said...

I picked up this pattern and sewed a quick muslin yesterday. I love it! Now to find the right fabric. I hope I can figure out the front band. The instructions aren't real clear to me. Usually I can figure things out when I get started.