As it turns out I do still have two more Sewjourn garments to share! Argh! I knew I was behind in blogging, but didn’t really just how far behind. I’m getting there though, as evidenced by a sudden deluge of blog posts! This post is about Butterick 6182. It’s described as follows:
|MISSES’ TOP, DRESS AND SKIRT: Loose-fitting, pullover top or dress has bias neck facings, and sleeve bands. A: Narrow hem. Skirt has wide waistband, side-front pockets, front pleat and invisible back zipper. B and C: Stitched hem.|
|Designed for lightweight to medium-weight woven fabrics.|
|FABRICS: A, B: Charmeuse, Challis, Cotton Blends. C: Twill, Linen, Poplin.|
I intend to sew the dress in linen at some stage, but wanted to first try out the overall fit of the top. I sewed view A in size 14.
When I first tried this on I wasn’t happy at all. It was restrictingly tight around the armholes and the length as drafted just felt way too short. I tossed it into my bag and figured that I would think more about it later. I did like the neckline and the centre front darts and seaming so didn’t want to get rid of it straight away.
When I got home I realised that I had kept the scraps of the fabric. I don’t always do this – I find that scraps just pile up, and now only keep ones that I feel confident are large enough for another project. I think that a sixth sense had been at work. The fabric is an old sarong, one that I thought I’d bought on my first trip to Bali twenty-five years ago but now realise actually belongs to my husband – he used to use it as a decoration even before we’d met. Sorry about cutting up your sarong!
Anyway, there was just enough of the scraps left to cut self-faced bands to sew to the hem of the skirt. I folded the scraps lengthwise and used the pattern pieces as a guide to cut a band for the front hem and a band for the back hem. Rather than sewing these together I bagged out the sides of each band so that the finished top would have side splits. Then it was a simple matter of sewing the bands beneath the already finished hem stitching. I did some snipping of seam allowances around the armholes and overlocked the seam allowances to a narrower width, which significantly improved the fit there as well.
This was definitely a save. I like the finished top, especially with jeans, and now know that I can go ahead and sew the dress without major fitting issues (as long as I remember to do that short back waist alteration)!