Monday, September 28, 2015

Butterick 5678 in Blue Chambray

Even though I've purchased a bunch of top patterns recently, I started making tops, specifically button down shirts using Butterick 5678.


I'm starting this post with a photo of the unbuttoned shirt on Lulu because I am finally smaller than Lulu and it won't button on her!  See I really wanted to do a review of the pattern now since I've already cut out another one. Also it will be next weekend, before I get pics of the shirt on me.

Some details ~
The Pattern - Butterick 5678 - now discontinued


Fabric is a blue cotton chambray recently purchased from Fabric Mart. The buttons are from the stash and I used a lightweight fusible interfacing from Fashion Sewing Supply.

I chose this pattern because it comes in cup sizes and has princess seams that start from the shoulders. I prefer princess seams from the shoulder line rather than the ones that start in the armhole. This one also has several lengths, different sleeve & collar views and pockets.  Even though I won't use the pockets, again just a personal preference.

Pattern Alterations ~
  • I started with the C cup pattern pieces. 
  • Then I added space from under the bust curve down. 
  • Starting with 1/8" increase out to 5/8" at the waist to the hemline. 
  • I made this adjustment on both sides of ALL of the pattern pieces except the front piece. 
  • There I only made the addition to the side of the piece and not the facing on the front.
  • The sleeve alterations were discussed in this post.
Construction Details ~
This was an easy sew. Even with the alterations I made to the pattern pieces everything fit together perfectly. So I sewed it together using 5/8" seam allowances. However, the waistline was still a little tight. So I unpicked the side seams and stitched them at 3/8" from above the waist to just below it then top worked perfectly. The collar and collar stand went on painlessly, so painlessly that I highly recommend this pattern to anyone who has it in their collection.

A few pictures of the shirt details ~

Front of the shirt

The cuff with the additional pleat and the continuous lap
and lousy topstitching...*sigh*

When I sewed the cuffs to the sleeves, my cuffs came up a little short. To compensate I added another pleat to each sleeve. This worked really well. So well that I will be using the second pleat going forward. See I have thin wrists and normally the cuff is too big/floppy.  These are perfect now.

Topstitched collar and front facing ~ better topstitching!

A few more construction details - my buttons are stitched on by doubling the thread and running it through Thread Heaven. I do this to strengthen the thread and so that I don't have to run the needle through the buttons so many times.  Three passes with the doubled thread is usually enough and since I had to sew on 13 buttons I needed this to be quick. 

My interior is serge finished although the pattern recommends french seams. I also turned the hemline up just once instead of the two times that the pattern suggests. This is my wearable muslin but it turned out so well with just a few corrections needed, which I've listed below, so that I'm moving ahead with the next version.

These are alterations I made to the pattern ~  
  1. The shoulders are hanging off my shoulder blades by a half inch, so I corrected that on my pattern piece. 
  2. I also shaved off 1/2" on my cuffs because they are a little too long for my liking.
  3. I added a smidge more to the front pattern pieces so that all the seams will be sewn at 5/8" per the pattern instructions.
Like I said I have a few more ideas for this pattern. I want to use it to make a dress, several button downs in a variety of fabrics - not just shirting, and also as a topper. It will be a great layering piece for fall and winter so it will probably show up quite a few more times here this fall/winter. 

The only downside is that the pattern has been discontinued but here are a few suggestions on current patterns that can be used.



...as always more later!



12 comments:

  1. Love this top Carolyn;the details look outstanding! I've made this top, and agree that this is a great pattern..

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  2. Can't go wrong with a classic style like that. I bet the colour looks great on you!

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  3. I love it! That fabric looks so soft. I absolutely love the chambray. Good tip on the buttons. I felt like I was sitting there for forever sewing buttons because I 'had to' go through so many times.

    I can't wait to see the next one!

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  4. This is one lovely looking blouse Carolyn. So enjoying the blouse adventures...

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  5. I couldn't believe it when I found out that the pattern had been discontinued. A great classic pattern. Your shirt will look great with everything from jeans to, well, you name it!

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  6. Love it. Great to be able to make your own chambray buttoned tunic. I've always wanted one (several actually) and rtw plus sizes just don't fit. I can't believe this pattern is oop. B5538 is another princess seamed blouse. Connie Crawford (CS1301) has a shoulder princess seam sloper blouse for larger bust sizes. Both patterns go to 6X. http://www.fashionpatterns.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=28_30&products_id=154

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  7. Love your shirt. I look forward to seeing you model it.

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  8. I love shirts. But lately I find myself staying away from cuffs. Not sure why. I need to up my sewing again. I so much enjoy your sewing blog!

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  9. I love chambray fabric. This is a lovely blouse. I have been eyeing this pattern because it has such classic lines and would be easy to alter to fit. For the same reasons I think it would make a fabulous dress.

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  10. Nice to know it is an easy sew. I have this pattern in my stash but have not sewn it yet. Yours is looking great!

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