I love Butterick B5354. I’ve made tons of them with short sleeves and no sleeves, its a nice loosely fitted top. One afternoon while wearing my favorite one (made from a gorgeous liberty print jersey) my friend & colleague Maggie asked if I’d make her one. Which of course I would. So on our next lunch break we trekked off to Ray Stitch in search of fabric.
I love the fabric in Ray Stitch but it is a tad on the pricey side, though very good quality. It was there I discovered Birch Organic. Which I have fallen madly in love with as their prints are amazing. It’s not cheap at £18 a meter (and only 110cm wide) but I can’t help but feel for an organic t-shit that’s not bad at all.
Maggie chose a ‘Serengeti knit’, which feels lovely and is a nice medium weight.
After my disappointment with my last Datura blouse, I struggled for a while to find my sewing motivation so kept putting off starting this. But once I did I was on a roll. The fabric is lovely to sew with and I reckon I’ll be needing some myself. The top is fast&easy as the patter claims, and having made it numerous times before, I had it done in a jiffy.
I love how the neck facing gets sewing to the front at the shoulders over the back. It creates a really nice inside finish, though I admit it took me many tops before that step actually made sense. The side seams and armhole seams are double stitched and then I used my pinking shears on the edges.
The only additional thing I do on this top is to tack the neck facing to the front (on the pleats so its not visible), which helps ensure that over time it doesn’t roll up.
All good right? Except I forgot one crucial thing, Butterick patterns are always huge! So what happened when I put this top on petite miss Maggie? It was too big, despite having used the exact size to her measurements, in fact it fit me (and my measurements are much bigger).
So what to do? It was simple to take in the side seams a little at the arm pit and grading it out to the waist (as she liked the loose fit over the hips). But the slight gaping at the neck gave me pause to ponder. I decided that I couldn’t bear to undo the whole neck and shoulder seams to completely redo it. Instead I undid enough to expose eight of the centre pleats. I then took the pleats in half a pressure foot width. Then reattached the lining. Presto!
Second time round, the top fit much better!