Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Christmas Holiday Sewing - Part I Butterick 3521

This will be the first review of several sewing projects completing during the month of December. Most of them were given as Christmas gifts to my sisters and my DD. It took me forever to decide what to sew for each sister. It is not often that I sew for them. So I wanted with gifts to be a little more than ordinary.

This first review is of a little outfit for my baby sister, Tricey. Here goes.

Butterick 3521

Pattern Description: Misses' Top - Pullover top has neckline variations. A: semi-fitted, long sleeves with slit/elastic hem. A, B, narrow hem B: Bias, halter neck with drape, tie ends. C: collar, collar band, stitched hem, purchased button.

Pattern Sizing: 6 - 22. I used size 12.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Exactly.

Were the instructions easy to follow? The instructions were very simple and easy to follow.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? Everything about this view is likable. It's fast and easy, two pieces; a stylish classic; and figure flattering. Nothing to dislike.

Fabric Used: I used a stretch velvet from Hancock. I love the hand of it and the deep rich color.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: No design changes. But I added a few inches to the length of the top and sleeves. My baby sister is taller than I am.

I had about 3/4 yard left so a made a matching skirt. No pattern used. It's finished with elastic at the top a small hem at the bottom. Simple.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes, I will probably sew view A again. This is the third time I've sewn it. So you know I really like it. I'm also considering making view B.

Conclusion: This is a quick, but stylish top that can be made up in a variety of knit fabrics.


  1. The outfit is gorgeaous. Although I'm pretty sure your sis would look great in anything - she is beautiful!

  2. Cennetta,

    A lovely outfit. Kudos on the great job. I know that stretch velvet can be tricky. Thanks for the lovely comment on my blog. I'll have to try to post more so you will have something to read.


  3. What a lovely gift. Your sister looks exactly like you. The resemblance is uncanny.

  4. Oh this is so gorgeous and your sister is too.

  5. What a cool outfit! The sleeves are such a feature. Your sister is beautiful - I agree w/ a previous commenter, she'd probably look good in anything.

  6. Beauty definitely runs in your family. Great looking top and skirt. Love the fabric!

  7. How sweet of you to make such lovely things for your family. This outfit is so gorgeous!

  8. Very cute! I'm looking forward to see the other outfits.

    BTW, I have a question on the top. If the sleeve didn't have the split, how would you increase the width of the sleeve giving the style? I have large arms and ofter need to increase my sleeve by approx. 2inches.

  9. That is so gorgeous! lucky sister!!

  10. Love this outfit, perfect color for holidays! Great job .

  11. Besides a wonderful dress, you chose the color of the navidad.Your sister looks very happy with your gift, that's priceless ....

  12. Terrific outfit. I love the deep, cranberry color. It's elegant.

  13. That is a stunning outfit! Very pretty girl too!

  14. Very nice! It looks very stylish but comfy and cozy at the same time. Love the sleeves!

  15. The outfit is certainly gorgeous, but she is so beautiful she'd look good in a paper bag! Really lovely gift.

  16. Thanks, everyone.
    Charlene Mc Gill - I'll try answering your question based on information in "Fit for Real People". First, the back sleeve. Cut and spread back sleeve as you would to enlarge a one piece sleeve. Then add extra "in-case" seam allowance to the upper portion of the sleeve. The front sleeve just add extra seam allowance to the upper portion of the sleeve. Make a muslin first to make sure the adjustments are right for you.

    I hope this helps.
    Thanks again,

  17. Your sister is beautiful and looks wonderful in the top and skirt. This is an example of how a simple pattern and a beautiful fabric can make a great outfit.

  18. What a beautiful gift! Looks great on her love the fabric and color.



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