Saturday, March 23, 2013

Butterick 5354

I am currently trying to beef up my spring/summer wardrobe in anticipation of an upcoming trip to San Antonio. This top is another piece to take on the trip. It is a pattern I have used before, and is a great fitting t-shirt, and the pleat detail gives it some added interest.

Sorry for the not so great picture. Why is navy blue so hard to photograph? The color isn't represented very well here. It is actually a true navy blue.

Don't have my receipt, but I think I paid $5.00 for this fabric? And I already had the pattern and thread. So total cost is $5.00.

Pattern Sizing: 6-8-10-12. I cut a size 10.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes it did.

Were the instructions easy to follow? The instructions are easy to follow. The pleats are a little time consuming, but not difficult.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I like the pleats, and that it dresses up what would be just a plain t-shirt.

Fabric Used: A cotton interlock found in the remnant bin at JoAnn Fabrics. There was a little less than a yard.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I added a couple inches to the length. I also tacked the pleats to the facing on the inside so the facing would stay tucked in and not flip to the outside.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? This is the second time I have sewn this. The first time I made it sleeveless. I have received many compliments on that top. It is a nice t-shirt with added interest with the pleats.

Conclusion: A great wardrobe basic for spring or summer.

Up next, I made a baby gift for my bosses new baby, and will post about it soon.



  1. Super-pretty top! I'm ashamed to say that I bought two similar ones LOL... I'm not at all confident my efforts would turn out like yours. At all, haha!

  2. Very pretty top. I have never used a dress form. What brand/type do you have. What recommendations do you have for purchasing one?

    1. Hi Anonymous- I bought my dressform a couple years ago from a friend who wasn't usingit anymore. I believe she bought it at Joann Fabrics. It is somewhat adjustabe, and I think they come in different sizes. I don't know the brand, and because I didn't actaully shop for it, I don't have a lot of info for you on buying one. I can say that I wasn't sure I even wanted one, but since it was such a good deal I couldn't pass it up. And now that I have it, I can't imagine not having one. I hope that helps!

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