Sunday, January 12, 2014

Joining Make a Garment a Month and Butterick 5954

I'm kinda late getting in on it but I'm joining Make a Garment a Month. I haven't decided what I'm going to make especially for it yet


Today I'm showing you B5954

B5954


Now this is one of those patterns I knew I shouldn't try. I knew before I started that it would only be suitable (IMO) for a tall, thin woman and not be  a good look for me and that it would take a lot of  trial  to get it to work for me. I had read Shams' post  and was prepared to do a lot of draping and shaping to my body. And guess what! All that was true!

   Having said all that, I think I did it! I think I made it work and I quite like my results! Here it is.



 Isn't the fabric TDF? It's  a double sided poly/rayon with a moderate amount of stretch that really wanted to be a dress but I really don't have a lot of need for dresses in the winter so it was destined to become a top and if it had to be a top, it insisted on being this one!



First I did an FBA using the Craftsy class Adjust the Bust with Kathleen Cheetham. I highly recommend this class. She is so precice and clear in her instructions. I love her teaching method.
Then I adjusted for narrow, sloping shoulders following Custom Fitting the Back,Neck and Shoulders again with Kathleen Cheetham and another great class.

I sewed the front and back together and I tried it on and pinned and cut away some of the swing FOUR times!!! Each time I used my French curve and was careful to shape the waist area.I also reduced the amount of swing from the back a couple of times. Finally I was satisfied with how it looked while realizing at the same time that I'm far from tall and thin. In the end I realized that if I sewed the overlap down  it wouldn't pull apart even if it was just slightly and I would look slimmer at the waist. That's what I did.

I really like the side view and how it dips in the back.



Here's how it looks  worn with  tan denim slim jeans copied from a pair by Santana which fit me well and I just finished yesterday.




And worn with my cream ponte skirt made last winter.This is how I wore it to church this morning.




Next up, I plan to try out a couple of other tops patterns bought last time there was a sale at BMV, V8952

and V8962.

more later from



22 comments:

Linda T said...

Looks so elegant with that skirt you wore this a.m.! The top fits so well is so becoming on you! See? you did make it work!

Vicki said...

The top has turned out perfect for you. Perfect proportions.

Tany said...

Outstanding job!! Love it!

Beverly said...

You did a great job on that! Love your fabric too. I have that pattern & now I really want to try it.

Sherry Baker said...

Very nice, you did a wonderful job. I like both looks on you.

Jenny said...

Oh I think you made it work for you perfectly. Great fit and proportion!

Linda said...

You did a great job with making this top! I love this pattern but like you I thought it was for a tall thin person. You have provided me with inspiration to try this!

Faye Lewis said...

Love your rendition of this pattern Diana and the fabric you chose. You look so stylish in it.

Towanda said...

Love it, you look great.

Sew, Jean Margaret said...

Very flattering top that looks great with the jeans or the skirt. You have done a wonderful job making this pattern work for you.

Alexandra said...

Very lovely top! Looks great with the pants but it really comes alive with the skirt. Very inspiring.

MrsSmith said...

Oooh! I love this! I have bypassed this pattern but yours has made me want it!

Sharon said...

You worked wonders with this pattern and have a very stylish top!

Rosy said...

Perfect! I think you've got a sublime jacket, dear Diana, love the way it fits perfectly to your silhouette ... and matching with the skirt is unsurpassed.

EmSewCrazy said...

I really love this top! You did an excellent job on making it work for your body. You look very classy!

Nancy said...

This looks great on you! You should make it again!

Vernelle Nelson said...

Hello, Diana and Happy New Year.

I love that top - and the fabric you used is perfect. You really look great in it too. The one drawback to living in a climate that's usually 80 degrees or more, making too many long sleeve garments just doesn't make a lot of sense. Otherwise, I just might add this one to my wardrobe as well... in a different fabric choice of course.

Nan said...

This is the cutest top and it looks great on you. I love your choices. This has been my favorited sewing blog for a long time but somehow I lost it for a while.
I love learning from you.
Thank you so much for sharing.

Nan said...

This is the cutest top and it looks great on you. I love your choices. This has been my favorited sewing blog for a long time but somehow I lost it for a while.
I love learning from you.
Thank you so much for sharing.

Jean said...

So elegant, especially with the cream skirt. The jacket fabric really is beautiful. I love that you made the style work for you!

Sarah Liz said...

Hello Diana - you have certainly made this top your own - classic, elegant, and it isn't swamping you. And as always, superb sewing. I have received your contact form for the Make a Garment a Month Challenge and found your email on your profile - if that is still current, you will receive an invite there. If not, just email me with your email address - stylishsarah251@gmail.com. Then you will be able to join the blog and post directly. It will be lovely having you with us.

Cennetta said...

Great top. Comfy, warm and church stylish.