Butterick 6289 was an impulse purchase the last time that Spotlight had Butterick patterns on sale. You know how it is – they never seem to have the pattern that you really wanted, so you buy another one that you sort of like to make up the numbers to get the special offer? This pattern was one of those.
This pattern was actually released in late 2015, but there are only three reviews of it on Pattern Review. I think that’s a pity – in my opinion it’s a really great pattern! Maybe it’s a case of look at the line drawings rather than the envelope photo and artwork? There are a few options in the pattern envelope. From the website: Loose-fitting, pullover tunic has neck band, stitched hems, overlay variations with raw edge finish.
As you can see, I sewed view D, the long sleeved option with the overlay covering one sleeve and the entire body. I cut the length of the underneath body to the shorter length of view A, mostly due to fabric restrictions, but left the rest of the pattern as is. I sewed size Medium, the 12-14, and it was plenty roomy enough around my middle.
I used a knit from EK Fashion Fabrics in Sydney Road for the sleeves, neckband and overlay. It has a fair bit of stretch in one direction but not as much stretch in the other, so I paid attention to the grainlines when cutting out the top. Because I was working with a panel print, and I only had two panels, I ended up with what was a pretty good print layout but not a completely perfect one.
The fabric used for the underneath body of the top was a wool blend crinkly knit from deep stash. There was just enough of it! I was determined to make this top work from the metreage that I had. It was very straightforward to construct and everything fitted together nicely – but don’t skimp on the notches and markings! You’ll need them! I decided to narrow hem the overlay edges rather than leaving them raw as per the pattern instructions.
The pants are the Style Arc April pant, in the very last pieces I had of that Style Arc leather-look stretch bengaline. I’ve made these pants many, many times. They’re really designed for ponte or a stretch knit, but they worked out okay in this bengaline. From the pattern website: Up to minute stylized knit pull on pant, make it all one fabric, or contrast side panels as seen on the cat walk and in the fashion magazines.
These were sewed in size 10, with construction all done on the overlocker but topstitching alongside each seam done on the sewing machine. The stretch of the fabric, combined with the wide elastic in the waist, makes them very easy to pull on and wear.
The seaming makes them that bit more special than just plain stretch leather-look pants, in my opinion. I can tell that I’ll pull this pattern out again in the years to come – actually, I think this pattern is one of Style Arc’s earliest ones!
I feel great in this outfit – it’s a bit “out there” and definitely feels very me. I’d like to try the top again with a sheer or lace overlay. There is a stunning version of it here on Sharon’s blog (also worn with leather-look leggings).