Sunday, August 2, 2015

Butterick 6097, A Navy Top

I apologize to all by subbies and readers for the very long hiatus! As they say, "I'm back in the saddle" again!
This is a pattern I've had in my stash for a while and who knows why I've not made it before! It's a lovely pattern and goes together very well! I needed a top to go with the self drafted pencil shirt (below) I made from some great Neoprene fabric I recently purchased from Mood. How many of you have been creating using this very different fabric? I learned a very valuable lesson I'd like to share with you all on your research, there are different types and thicknesses of this fabric! After seeing a beautiful dress made from Neoprene, I jumped the gun and purchased a Neoprene fabric from Mood thinking they were all the same...NO THEY ARE NOT! I received this SUPER thick and stiff fabric (that was sandwiching rubber!). So thick, you could barely fold it! I have absolutely no idea what I would ever make from this fabric but will keep it in my stash just in case one of those miraculous thoughts comes to my now "empty" brain! I know there have been some beautiful dresses made from this very thick fabric gracing the runways...I guess it's just not my thing at the moment, LOL!! Anyway, here's an "iphone" photo of the fabric I just spoke of on the left. On the right is a second Neoprene fabric (blue print), I also purchased from Mood that is much softer, yet a sturdy knit with not a lot of drape. Sews and wears BEAUTIFULLY!...
I decided to purchase the blue print Neoprene fabric after seeing it made into a lovely dress by Sarah of "Goodbye Valentino" you can see here. I loved her dress and the fabric so much I purchased it right after reading her review because I didn't want to take the chance they would run out! I agree with Sarah, this fabric was definitely a dream to work with too! There's different print of this same fabric I just have to go back and purchase soon for some "crazy" cool leggings!

Now back to the top...I got distracted for a minute there talking fabric, LOL! Looking through my stash for fabric to match this skirt, I found this Navy woven fabric (unidentified content) that was gifted to me a few years ago. It feels like shirting fabric, but I want to say it has a little Wool in the content. I'll have to wash a swatch to test before laundering this top because it really turned out nice and I don't want it to shrink!...

I made this top a size 12 (I wear a size 8-10 in RTW), who knows why the sizes are so off with patterns. The only alteration I made was on a hunch while cutting out the pattern...I decided to give "the girls" a little more room since this was a woven fabric. I extended the princess seam approximately 1/2" on both sides. Glad I did because it just fit me perfectly! Everything else remained as instructed by the pattern. I love the way they used purchased bias binding as facing to finish the armhole!

I have two more items completed that I'd like to share with you all very soon...I just have to get the reviews written up!

Thanks again for stopping by and sharing a little of your time with me, it's truly appreciated!

Happy Sewing!