Saturday, February 2, 2013
Butterick 5856 In The Red
Lately, I've been sewing a lot of knit garments. The reason being is they are fast and easy. Second because I don't have a lot of time to sew. Since my color analysis I've tried to focus on selecting colors (fabric) that match my color palette. Red, Black and ivory (light tan) is the color groupings that I've sewn most of January and will continue to sew this month. I've pinned many inspirational garments/wardrobes on my Pinerest My Style Board. So this next top highlights the color red, which is a great color for me. I teamed it up with Butterick 5856.
The pattern is described as: MISSES'TOP: Pullover top has narrow hem. A and B: close-fitting, self-lined right sides. C and D: bias, very loose-fitting. Designed for light to medium weight wovens and moderate stretch knits. I made view-D.
Pattern sizing: X-small to XX-large. I used a Medium. My top looks similar to the drawing except the neckline forms into a square neckline instead of oval in the front. That's not a turn off; just an observation of how it wears on me. It may drape as pictured on someone with a different body type.
This top is long and falls below the fullness of my hips. I don't remember adding more than an inch to the length (just in case). There is less drape and wearing ease across the chest. I didn't do a FBA.
Butterick rates this one as easy, and it is. Nothing confusing or difficult about the construction process. No complicated techniques; everything is sewn by machine.
I actually purchased this pattern for view B, which I will try later. My fabric was enough for View D. So as not to end up with yet another 1/2 yard remnant I decided to make view D instead.
All of the views are pretty nice. I'll definitely will make A & B. My only dislike is I don't like view D without a belt. It has very little shaping through the waist and hip area. And I need some. Novelty knit from Vogue. I suspect it's a poly-lycra with a little more stretch than the minimum requirement for these tops. I made no real alterations or design changes. I won't sew this view again, but will make views A and B.