Another addition to my fab fall wardrobe, Butterick 5354 View D is a quick and easy pattern for a cool weather wardrobe staple. This is a very basic top with tucks at the neckline for visual interest. The pattern calls for moderate stretch knit fabric; I used a very slinky stretchy knit polyester from Hancocks that was on super sale.
Here is the drawing for Butterick 5354, View D is the long sleeved version.
I anticipate that I will make all views of this pattern, as this is a style of top that I feel very comfortable and confident wearing. One of the most amazing things about sewing my own clothing is that I can find styles that I like wearing and can make several versions of that same style. Isn’t it always so sad when you find a perfect clothing item at a retail store, and unless you buy several of the same item, it will be the only one you will ever have (until, of course, it is no longer wearable and then you don’t even have that version anymore)? Conversely, I suspect that I will retain this pattern in my collection for the duration of my existence, making subsequent versions whenever I want.
I do think a version in a solid print fabric is in my near future. I like these stripes, but they are a little blinding. Also, my next version will feature some waist shaping – - this top is basically a straight rectangle around my body, which is not the most flattering.
This pattern was so quick and easy to put together. I did add one element that made it a little more advanced for me, using a technique that I have never before used. Can you guess what that might be? Here’s a hint….
I tried to match stripes! Tried and did satisfactorily for my standards. These stripes were challenging to match because they are kind of chevron-y / zig zag-y, and I didn’t get them lined up at the same place in their zig zag. I have been avoiding sewing with stripes, plaids, or any type of print where it would behoove me to match up the patterning across seams. For a while I thought that matching up patterns wasn’t a big deal for someone who is rather lackadaisical about certain things… but I recently saw a sewing blogger’s FO where she did not line up the stripey pattern print and it looked awful. For a lackadaisical person like myself, there are some prints that would probably look fine not matched up, but I think stripes really need to be matched as much as possible. And I am very lackadaisical and slapdash in my ways, so I shudder to think about what a more meticulous sewist would say.
For this pattern, I pulled out my twin needle and did some top stitching along the hems. Check out the stretchy hem I achieved, woot! I still need to develop my twin needle technique, because it’s slightly funky – - oh well, win some, lose some.
All in all, I am very happy with this top. I bought 2 yards of this fabric and still have a lot left over. While I do like this fabric, I don’t know that I need multiple garments featuring this particular print (it is kind of… ugly) but paired with a solid color bottom piece is good.
Anyway, as you can see, there is some yard work in my future. I swear, all of those leaves have fallen in just the last two days.