I found a winner! By now you might be tired of hearing about me raving on and on about my sewing projects with knit fabrics, but with fitting so damn difficult without any help, knits always give me the best results. And in Butterick B5495 I have found my first go-to repeatable pattern I think.
This pattern is described as “Loose fitting tops with front drape gathered into loop, dropped shoulders, seam details and stitched hems.” Although described as loose-fitting, in the illustration I think it looks rather more fitted, and it was when I made it up with very nice shaping to match the body. I always image loose-fitting to describe more of a straight up and down tunic, and this one is so much better.
I only had 1 yard of my intended fabric and couldn't afford to mess up, so I broke with tradition and made up a test garment first. I bought the fabric from Fabric Mart and along with the main fabric, I got a free bundle which included this lime green knit. It's certainly not a color I would usually wear so I thought it would be great to test the fit on this top.
This fitted really nicely right away without me having to make any alterations. Which is extremely unusual! In this solid color you can see the drape of the fabric well, and the seams. It has a pleat at the shoulder, curved hems going from the center drape to the side seams and a lot of gathering in the center which I really liked.
It's a bit wrinkled across the back, but I don't mind that. In fact I liked it so much once it was on, including the lime green, that I decided it should not be a test, I was going to wear this for sure! So I decided to press it, and of course that is when disaster struck.
Ooops. I think the iron may have been too hot. Damn it. Just when I found a great top and loved the color, I went and ruined it with a great big burnt hole in the front.
Anyway, now I knew I loved this top and didn't need to make any alterations I went ahead and ran it up – and it's so quick and easy to make! The ‘sleeves' are built on, the back is all one piece and even the front is easy to sew, and then just gathered up with a loop of fabric. This second one was done in no time.
(Excuse these less than happy looking photos. My resident photographer/husband was in a hurry and really couldn't be bothered today. You can tell by the look on my ‘not impressed' face.)
This knit fabric came from Fabric Mart and was described as onion skin knit. It's certainly unusual and quite fine and light, perfect for the hot weather here in the Caribbean. Sadly its now sold out but they always carry a wide range of interesting knit fabrics and although I order everything online unseen, I've always been delighted with what they send, including the free fabric bundles from time to time.
So I'll be certainly making up this pattern again. I think it looks great in a solid or a print, it's quick and easy to sew, nice to wear and I recommend it if you are new to knit projects.
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Authored by: Deby at So Sew Easy