Someone’s Listening

phoneYou know all those times you’re at a web site, and there’s the little “Contact Us” form at the bottom.  You fill it out and never hear from anyone?

Not so with the Butterick Pattern web site!  There is actually a real live human on the other end.  They even respond!  I was surprised, to say the least.

At your suggestion, dear readers, I sent them a note about the error I found with B6417.  This is their response:

Thank you for your email concerning Butterick Patterns.  Whenever possible we try to provide our home sewers with the information they desire. You’re right, C & D do not have the shawl collar as A & B. This will be corrected. Thanks for alerting me.
Consumer Services
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McCall Pattern Company, Inc.


Butterick 6026: Second Verse

IMG_4000Not quite the same as the first.

Another rendition of the multi-tucked, FBA’d woven blouse.  My very own frankenpattern, if you will.

I thought I had all the fitting kinks worked out when I cut this and took it to Sewing Camp.  As you can see it is sleeveless, just like the first one.

Confession:  I didn’t have all the fitting issues worked out as well as I thought I had.  Hence, no sleeves.

BUT (and that is a large hopeful but) I think I have now.  Will blouse #3 have sleeves?  If it does, will I be able to move my arms?  We shall have to wait and see.

I did my usual styling, making the under collar and collar band in a different fabric. I like doing this – the underside peeks out, and provides a little extra something-or-other.  Hey, it’s my blouse, it makes me smile.  That’s enough for me.

The armholes are hemmed using a baby hem.  Instead of buttons I applied snaps.

The fabric is…ancient.  I have no idea where I got it.  It’s been in the stash for decades.  Literally decades.  I think it may even have moved to Cactusville with me, way back when.  It is that old.  A very soft cotton with a sheeting feel to it.


IMG_3295Now that these are wending their way to the Hellboys’ Grandmeow, I can post them.

Two flannel nighties with songbirds for Mom.

These should keep her roast and toasty when the fog rolls in.

The pattern is my usual T-n-T, out of print Butterick.

‘Nuff said.


IMG_2258Grandmeow asked for more flannel jammies as her holiday gift.  There was fabric in stash, but somehow took forever to get to.  No idea why.

Another rendition of Butterick 6885.  This one is very similar to the others I made that were Max approved.  A nice comfy flannel, pockets for a tissue or two and snaps up the front.

I took a page from Louise Cutting, and joined the front and back facings at the shoulder seam before cutting.  This eliminated some bulk, as well as making for an easier sew.  Note to self: tape those pieces together permanently.

There is a second one completed, but no photo of it.  A bright green with butterflies, which is now fluttering it’s way southwards, over the river and through the woods to Grandmeow’s house.  This yellow one is being held hostage in the guest bedroom closet, waiting for her to visit.  I believe that’s called incentive.

Butterick 5567

Flora Flaunts a Jacket

A little more detail on the jacket I made during the Sew-In.  The pattern is Butterick 5567, which is featured in the September issue of Threads.  I picked up the pattern quite a while ago, so perhaps Threads is following my thread?

I found the fabric on sale at a local upholstery shop.  While I was sewing, several folks came up to ask if it was drapery material.  I have no idea.  I just liked it.  It has a fairly beefy cotton for the weft, and a much finer polyester for the warp, making the jacquard design.  I just really liked the color, and it looks good on me.

Overall very simple to sew.  I made my usual forward shoulder adjustment (darned computer work!), and cut down the collar about 1/2 inch.  I no longer have the swan neck of my youth, so a shorter collar felt better.

Deviations from the pattern: lining.  The jacket is supposed to be unlined, which would make it even easier to sew!  I decided to line it.  The body fabric is a bit course (though with nice drape) and I didn’t want the jacket to be catching against t-shirts when worn.  There’s nothing quite so off-putting as struggling to get into one’s clothes, hence the lining.  I only lined the body, as that was all I needed.

Somewhere out there in Internet-land I read an article on sewing a Chanel style jacket where the lining is right to the edge.  No facings.  That’s what I tried to do with this one, but got flummoxed when it came to the hem.  So, I jury-rigged something which works nicely enough, but I still want to find that article and see how to do it properly.  And maybe I’ll rework that section.  Or maybe not.

So, what do you think,? Does this remind you of Great Aunt Coraline’s draperies?  Does it matter?

Taking Flight

This is a shirt for GrandMeow (aka Mom).  Now that it is wending its way westward, I can finally post about  it.  There’s nothing like putting up a picture of something when the recipient must wait and wait to receive it.  Frustrating for the recipient, and unkind of the sewist.

GrandMeow likes butterflies.  I think there are enough of them on this shirt to float her off to wherever she would like to go.  Do you think they would have to flutter in unison?

De Tails:  printed quilting cotton constructed using the tried-and-true Butterick 3210 (out of print these many years).  Alterations consisted of adding pockets.  A girls’ gotta have a place to store her stuff!

Butterick 5525

Or the shirt that almost wasn’t.

I thought about calling this post Butterick or Bust, then decided to try a few more things, like actually stitching the side seams and trying the shirt on a second time, before declaring it a total wadder.  I even tried it on right-side out.  Am I the only one who tries on muslins wrong side out, so I can fiddle with the seams?

Imagine my surprise when doing so produced something almost wearable, and not the tweak infested nightmare I had during the first try out.  There are still some things that need to be modified – like raising the neckline in front, and reducing the curve in the body, but these are minor and simple to achieve.

Other things I took note of – this fabric is a cotton knit.  While it has enough stretch according to the pattern envelope, the recovery is not as nice as it could be.  I think this pattern would benefit from a stretchier knit.

I am undecided if I need to make a forward shoulder adjustment.  Probably, but then I’ll have to get out the fitting books to learn how.  The back neck gaps a little as well, so perhaps taking the seams in there.

Overall, what has surprised me the most about this is my attitude towards it.  I had thought it would be a fast & dirty shirt to sew…and was disappointed when it didn’t turn out perfectly the first time.

Having set it aside for a while, then tried it on the way I would wear it in real life (right side vs. wrong side – and what is this life if not real?  surreal?) I am more likely to twiddle and see if I can get it to fit.

See, there’s nice fabric in the stash waiting for this pattern.  In particular the gathered light-blue version in the envelope picture.  A nice soft printed knit.  Maybe a stretch lace, with the body backed by a different color, and the sleeves left lacy.  I like the combination of raglan sleeves and a quasi-cowl neck.  It’s a nice variation from the standard knit styles.