True blue


Did you know that the old saying ‘you can’t judge a book by it’s cover’ applies to sewing patterns too?


The artwork for Butterick 5948 isn’t particularly inspiring, but if you’re after a slightly drop shouldered boxy top/tee the drafting is great and the pattern options plentiful.  A big thank-you to Shivani for alerting me to B5948 when she shared her stunning metallic double gauze version on Instagram a few months ago.


I sewed View F (sans pocket) as I was after a short sleeved top and I wanted to avoid the pattern variation with the keyhole closure and button/loop (ie. View C).  Keyhole closures and I have a history of not getting along!


Suggested fabrics for this pattern are… lightweight faille, lightweight crepe, lightweight broadcloth, stable knits and challis.  I went down the stable knits route and I sewed this tee in a denim-look cotton loop-backed french terry from The Cloth Shop.  I added a neckband for a slightly more sporty look.


The demin-look french terry was leftover from the StyleArc Josie Hoodie (unblogged but you can see a quick snap on Instagram) that I sewed at the end of July.  This fabric is a whopping 190cm wide (hence two project from the one cut), the quality is excellent and although I’m not usually much of a blue girl, I want to sew all the things from it.  Yes, it’s that good!


As this pattern is designed to be sewn from wovens as well as stable knits, I knew that the hems wouldn’t require the ability to stretch.  I therefore overlocked the raw hem edges, folded them up once and secured them with a straight stitch.

As well as leaving off the pocket and adding an neckband, I made a 3/8″ (1cm) forward shoulder adjustment and removed 3″ (8cm) from the length.  View F is designed to be more long-line than suits my current atheistic.


This tee, my rust Falda Jacket, a pair of jeans, a silk scarf and some stylish walking shoes and I feel like I’m ready to see the world… which is lucky as I’m packing these items for an upcoming overseas family holiday!


Pattern:  Butterick 5948 (View F)
Size:  10
Fabric:  Demin-look loop-backed french terry from The Cloth Shop
Alterations:  Left off the pocket, added a neckband, 3/8″ (1cm) forward shoulder adjustment and shortened by 3″ (8cm)
Accessories:  Liberty silk twill scarf and shoes from Habbot
Photo Location:  Eastern Suburbs, Melbourne


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