Thursday, March 5, 2009

My first pattern review - Butterick 5138

Today I'm not feeling so good. Right now cancer feels like a cold...either that or I'm coming down with something. I want to just lay in bed today but the sewing machine is calling and I gotta answer. Although I've not been given any prognosis I do know that cancer isn't going to kill me. The doctor didn't say anything and I've checked my closet...I don't have a thing to wear!

I've never done a pattern review, but here goes:

Pattern Review - Butterick 5138

Pattern Sizing:16-22
Did it look like photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing it? Yes, it looks exactly like the drawing
Were the instructions easy to follow? Extremely
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? The pattern is very easy
Fabric used: Chiffon for the blouse and a peachskin polyester blend for the lining. My fabric choice made sewing this blouse much more difficult to sew. Using chiffon cut on the bias is not for the faint of heart!
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I made a deeper bust dart and used the rolled hem feature of my serger for all of the edges. I also rotated the sleeve seam forward. I should have also changed the shape of the sleeve cap because the front of the cap feels kind of tight. If I have enough fabic left I might recut and resew just the top portion of the sleeve.
Would you sew it again? Yes, I'll sew it again I already have the fabric
Conclusion: This top is fun, flirty and feminine. I'm glad I made it because it forced me to learn to use the rolled hem on my 20 year old serger. I don't think I would attempt to use chiffon if I didn't have the rolled hem feature available. I tried to use a plain old rolled hem foot on the regular sewing machine but didn't have any success.