Butterick 5219 is now complete

I finished this simple top but not in record time.   You can go here to see some photos of the completed top.

This was a quick and easy top; for me not so quick as I had so many stops and gos with it.  If you have interrupted time you could easily complete this in a few hours.  This is a casual top for me to take on my upcoming vacation to the beach.  I think I am done now with clothes to wear for that. 

As with most patterns, I am not always following their directions to the "T".  I don't like directions that have you stitch an non-interfaced piece to the garment body, then stitch the interfaced piece to the non-interfaced piece and then "slip stitch the edges".  For some reason, slip stitching instructions annoy me.  I want my clothes to look like ready to wear.  I actually try for better than, as not all RTW is created equal. Slip stitching is not seen in RTW.  I paid good money for the machine, the serger and the coverstitch machine and I plan to use them to their fullest.

So the neckband pieces were sewn together at the neckline, then I basted the neckband edges together and then serged them to the bodice front and back.  I attached the knit sleeves with serger and not in the round. I attached the front and back bottom band pieces as I did the neckband.  I used coverstitch machine to topstitch the front and back bottom bands. Hemmed the sleeves before sewing the sides seams together.  Again my method reduced several separate sewing steps than their instructions. 

I will be resuming my career/work garments sewing again.  I pulled out some skirt, blouse and dress patterns.  I decided I want to tackle this Simplicity pattern next.  I saw this dress in a Nordstroms' catalogue and when I saw this pattern, I thought I had to make that dress.  The fabric I will use, a linen blend,is from Fabric.com as is the lining.


  1. That cute top will get you a lot of mileage! Worn with our without a jacket. Very nice.

  2. Love it! I was just looking at that pattern (in my stash) and wondering if I should let it go. Now that I've seen yours I'll have to give it a try. One thing that's been holding me back is the neckline - seems like it might be too low for me. Must have worked out okay for you though. Nice job.

  3. That's an extremely cute top!!! I'm loving the colors!!!

  4. Fantastic top and what a cute dress pattern.

  5. Love your pretty top. It's made in my favorite combination of colors.

  6. Linda, I really love the material you used. The color and pattern are very attrative!


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