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.
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