Archive | March, 2012

Butterick 5679 Review

1 Mar

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Pattern Sizing:  I made a size small

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

Yes, pretty much.  My fabric didn’t drape as nicely because of the hem.

Were the instructions easy to follow?

Oh yes.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?

The pattern was great.  I like that I have the option to make it a little cropped sweater or remove the ‘point’ at the bottom with very little trouble. 

Fabric Used:

A really heavy sweater knit, that I got for $2.97 at a bargain store.  It is soft and smells kinda weird, but it worked.  Using this knit was the hardest part of making this pattern.  I tried to zigzag the hem and it shrivelled to little bits, and then I folded up the ends and it was just SO thick that I couldn’t justify folding it up again to hide the lovely zig zag mess.  It would be too short if I made a really wide hem, so I’ll just hope some pressing and prehaps hand stitching (of the zigzagged end) will keep everything flat and from poking out while I wear it?  I really do love this sweater, but I feel a heavy jersey will drape better for this kind of pattern in the future.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:

First time ever, NONE!  I was going to lengthen it, but I didn’t want to bother.  I will probably add 1/2 an inch next time I make this, in a heavy jersey.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?

I will sew this again, and I think it is a really simple undaunting pattern for beginners.  The other options that come with this are kind of UG (in my honest opinion), but this is pretty swell.  This particular package only came in xs, s, m, and L, so you may want to add some tweaking to get the right fit for you.

Conclusion:

I was needing a desperate break from homework and this literally took two hours from cutting pattern pieces (only four), to finishing the hem.  I love when that happens.  I can’t wait to try it again to get it to hang well and to practice my hems.  I wonder if anyones knows what I could do better to make a good hem on a thick, drapey, kind of sweater like this one.  The points literally stick straight out when you look at them from the side.  Eep.  Still wearin’ it though.

NOTE:  EEEP!  Upon second glance of the pattern line drawing, I notice that I may have made a crucial mistake with the hem on my own sweater that caused the drape to be even more ‘off”.  When folding up the hem, I noticed that the front sides (before the point) had more width tucked under.  Instead of following the fabric lines, I kind of just hemmed a straight line from the hip to the point.  I will keep an eye out for this next time, as it is much more flattering the way it was meant to be, than the sharp diagonal line of mine, from hip to centre front.  Picking the seams out of this fabric is not-gunna-happen, though.

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