I realized only one of my Fresh Makes has been a top, and I think we often overlook the idea of sewing our own tops. Also I’m still staying true to the idea of not always grabbing a plain t-shirt to throw on over jeans. For these reasons I chose to make a cute, warm weather blouse for Fresh Make #10.
The pattern I used is Butterick 6024. Like always, I purchased this pattern on sale at JoAnn’s for $1.40 (5 patterns for $7. But you really don’t have to buy 5.). I named this top the Breezy Blouse because it seems like an easy, fun, comfortable top to wear to a picnic or other causal outdoor event that doesn’t require athletic wear.
The fabric I used is a Robert Kaufman cotton voile. It’s finely woven, lightweight and soft, like Liberty of London, but for a third of the price. I purchased it at my favorite DTLA fabric store, Michael Levine. I bought 2 yards for $11.25 per yard. The neckline is finished with a self-made bias tape. The slit is created with a facing. Here’s a peek at inside. To sew the bias tape at the neckline, first I sewed one edge to the inside of the neckline. Then I folded it over the raw edges and top stitched it very close to the folded edge of the bias tape on the front side of the neckline.
LET’S BE HONEST:
1. This pattern once again has the very common label of “EASY.” It’s actually not a bad pattern for a beginner, except, doing bias tape on a neckline requires careful sewing for it not to look “homemade.” The front slit also requires some accurate marking to make sure it gets stitched and cut straight down the center. I would say the sleeves, however, are fairly easy for a set-in sleeve as the cap is quite straight and there is not a lot of ease that needs distributed to fit the armhole.
2. About size – I decide to make a Small (8-10) even though my bust is not 31 1/2″ – 32 1/2″ and by no stretch of my imagination is my waist 24″ – 25.” I took the “finished measurement” of the bust area that was printed on pattern piece, and wrapped a tape measurement around my bust at that same measurement. I decided I liked that amount of “wearing ease.” I was afraid I would feel like I was swimming in the next size up. If the fabric had been more drapey like a rayon, I might have preferred more wearing ease.
3. Time to contemplate hem length and body type again. I choose to cut off 5″ from the hem of the blouse to transform it from a tunic length. Don’t get me wrong, I love the tunic style and would even wear it in some cases. If the fabric was soft and drapey, I might be OK with it longer. But with this cotton and the A-line cut, it flairs out from the body and looks kind of tent-like. I definitely do not need a wide hem hitting me at the thighs. Those of you ladies with long, thin legs, go ahead a keep the tunic length! Lucky you.
Overall I love my Breezy Blouse in this cotton voile. It’s lightweight and very comfortable to wear on a hot day when you don’t feel like bearing a lot of skin.
Thank you for taking the time to read this post. And, as always, I welcome your comments.
Beautifully sewn! Love the self-bias finishing.
I agree beautifuly done, nothing home made looking about it. Great to find someting with a Liberty hand but not as expensive.
It looks just perfect, cut, size, color. How do you pick your patterns? Do you sit at Jo~anns and look through the giant books? You have a good eye, the pattern pictures look a little drab, but your finished product is . . . stylish!
I do sit at JoAnn’s and look at the big books. I think the “big 4” pattern companies get a bad wrap especially with the “indie” sewing community. One thing I’m trying to show on my blog is that these patterns have goods “bones” even if the packaging isn’t that hip.
Beautifully made and explained!
Its a pretty top, lovel the crisp look of the fabric and all the details, especially the tucks.
This is lovely. So colourful, and so nicely put together. Definitely a professional top.
I have the same issue with ease on Butterick top patterns. Not sure why they seem to think we need or want that much extra fabric, but at least it’s a known flaw with a fairly simple workaround.
Love your review of this pattern. I am looking for a pattern to hand see knit fabric- thinking of giving this one a try.