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Sunday, May 1, 2011

Butterick 5493

My latest creation is Butterick 5493, view B. What I think is cool about this top is it looks like a regular cowl neck, but it's actually a basic, straight-grain shell and has an extra little bias-cut collar piece to form the drape. This makes it take less fabric and less headache than a bias-cut top.
My only alteration was to add 1.5 inches to the length.

The gorgeous silk charmeuse is from Marisu Miranda Moda / Queen's Fabrics in Tampa. Um, wow, is all I can say about that fabric store. Incredible, and I could easily blow my savings there. The owner makes custom gowns and designs fabrics - she told me she designed this print and had it put on Italian silk charmeuse. She's my hero. I have some more of this fabric (I think it was a 1.5 yard cut) and am not sure what I'll do with it. I was planning to make a bias cut dress with it but decided I wanted to wear this beautiful fabric more than once a year.

Unfortunately, both I and my small photographer were having an "off" day today and didn't capture the full beauty of this top. Oh well, You can get the idea of the shape. Unless I wear it with very skinny pants or tucked into something, I'll be wearing this belt with it.

I wore it with white pants and a little cardi to church and got several compliments. I love the combination of simple pattern and show-stopping fabric.

That last photo was taken by my baby who is not quite 2. Lucky shot, I guess. :-)
My pattern review is


Amy said...

Very pretty! I'm putting that pattern on my wish list. That fabric is amazing.

Alexandra said...

What a gorgeous top! Kudos to you for recognizing the pattern's potential. The pictures on the pattern envelope are very "meh" but your top looks awesome. And the fabric is really pretty too.

Nancy W. said...

Beautiful fabric turned this into a stand-out top. I love it!

Uta said...

Gorgeous! I also loved your Easter outfit; you looked very glamorous!

sdBev said...

Your kids are natural born photographers! So glad you reviewed this pattern. I have it in my stash for summer, which is still several weeks away for me.

Linda said...

Beautiful top. Lovely fabric!

What Would a Nerd Wear said...

that's super pretty and also must be so versatile. my closet needs a few summer tops, i wish i had the skill (and time) to sew some myself!

Sarah said...

great colors! I may have to try that top pattern... And thanks for your kind words about my Easter dress and sailor shirt.