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Hanging on to Summer?

Yes I said it, one last summer day in Wisconsin. It's not often to enjoy an amazing day like last Saturday! I took the opportunity to cut one last summer tee. I've already used this pattern a few weeks ago to create a dress, but that's for a another post.


The Design

I've always wanted to try more challenging designs, yet I stay on the same ole path. Although this is not really a super challenging design, you do have to change your thinking when putting the pieces together. The Butterick 5495 has been on my list to do. Now since completing B6911, the confidence level is high, and I even have moves like Jagger J!

Once you cross that hurdle of step 7, the light begins to shine at the end of the tunnel. Trust me it will come, and light up like a bulb when you figure it out. Feeling like Superwoman I'm ready for more, since training is behind me for the season. It's time to focus my energy on sewing and I couldn't be happier.

The Review

Pattern Description: Sophisticated, entwined front parts give both the shirt and the dress a special look. The bi-elastic jersey provides shape retention and a perfect fit. The dress has got a flared skirt with softly draped panels

Pattern Sizing: 34-44 (My dress was cut at 36)

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes with the exception of step 7-7a

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? The most difficult part of the top was the front twist and this was the reason I got the pattern.  

Fabric Used: Cotton Jersey

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: None

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes.  I also made a dress and will post a follow up review.

Conclusion: I love this pattern and now that I have the twist step conquered, can’t wait to add different versions to my wardrobe. It's a quick sew, you should try it.


Thanks for visiting

Happy Sewing

Fashion Draping: Dressmaking Basics

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Comment by Renata on November 1, 2014 at 11:11am

Hi Phyllis - This is the back of the top.

Comment by Phyllis Chambliss on November 1, 2014 at 10:54am

I like it but, what do the back look like.

Comment by Renata on October 31, 2014 at 8:42pm

Thanks Karen, it's cold now but the photos will come soon.

Comment by Karen on October 30, 2014 at 1:10pm

Looks great Renata, hope the sun keeps on shining and looking forward to seeing the dress!


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