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Sunday, June 9, 2013

Butterick 5354 Knit Top

I'm trying to come up with some summer tops that look good with long skirts.  I want something that doesn't emphasize the tummy, but doesn't look like a maternity top either.  I think the key is to have a close fit through the shoulders and bust, but just skim the tummy.  Also the top has to be just the right length.  I think I've hit the sweet spot with this one. 



The pattern I used is Butterick 5354                          The skirt is this pattern.


















 In patterns, I usually run between a 12 and 14 at the neck and shoulders, a 14 at the bust, between a 14 and 16 at the waist, and 16 at the hips.   My pattern is a size 12, so I started with that and made alterations.   I like how it fits me.

Style alterations: I added a narrow band to the neckline and changed the sleeve length. 

Originally I didn't care for this color, but I think it will be a good addition to my summer wardrobe.  it looks good with this skirt that I usually wear with a black top.

The fabric I used is a light blue/gray knit from my stash.  I've had this a long time and don't remember where I got it.  I really like how it feels - very soft.  It's a medium weight with good recovery.  It was very easy to sew.  I have a little over 2 yards left. I don't really want another top in the same color,  so I may try dying it a darker blue.
 



8 comments:

  1. This Is Really Pretty, Beverly! Perfect Length Tk Go With Skirts. I Actually Have Been Looking For This Type Of Top With This Neckline. Will Definitely Get Them When JoannS Have Butterick Sale!

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  2. Great top, Beverly! The colour is lovely on you. I made it up last summer, and wasn't fussed on it at all. But your addition of the narrow band would solve my problem with the top perfectly. And your hemline is very flattering. Super thinking...J

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  3. Looks great. I think you have the length just right. It is difficult to judge isn't it. Love the top.

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  4. Thanks for the added info. I really like this top.

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  5. I love the addition of the neckband. It looks more "finished" than the envelope art.

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  6. Beverly, the top is perfect - colour, size, length and versatile as well - looks good with both skirts. The fit is lovely around the shoulders and bust - and as you say, that is where the fit is most important. I should think the band holds things well - I suspect if made like the pattern, the top would sag and roll.

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  7. The pleats radiate from and point to your face--just where you want the eye to go! It's lovely. I agree with your other commenters, that the addition of the band was inspired. Otherwise, you might have had the "too open, sliding around" neckline phenomenon. The width and curve of the band are very pleasing. Glad to have found your blog, and thank you so much for visiting and commenting on mine!

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  8. This looks great on you - and love your idea to add the band. Very nice!

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