Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Butterick 5495 Top

I don't sew much lately and it doesn't make me happy. But I am not surprised, that I don't sew much, because after my much loved 3-week Christmas break I somehow knew that my job won't let me. Not that I wouldn't have some spare time, but I am often so mentally tired that I can't force myself into doing anything after getting home from work. 

But the weekend before the last one I finally had the time and desire to sew and grabbed this pattern and a piece of fabric bought the day before and made myself a top. It's Butterick 5495 and I made the view C with semi-long(?) sleeves (neither long, nor short), in the size 8.

This post would have been written about a week ago, but I just wasn't able to get some decent photos of me, the top or me in the top. My camera made some bad photos, so this is probably the third attempt and I know this time the pics are all somehow grainy, but well, I am giving up this time.

Anyhow, to the pattern. It's an easy one to sew up. I had it done in a couple of hours - tracing the pattern (I trace them, don't cut them), cutting the fabric and having it all sewn up. 
I made it in the size 6 and it is more fitted than in the picture, but otherwise it looks very much like the pattern picture.

The pattern has got only 4 pieces, one of them looking rather odd, but it all comes together nicely and easily. There is a gathering  in the middle - under the bust area where a stripe of the fabric holds the gathers together. Although the cleavage is not one of the narrow ones, I don't need to wear a camisole under the top, because it doesn't gape.

It really is an easy top to sew up and it is very versatile - in my opinion - suitable under a cardi, a jacket or left alone for a more casual look. I would recommend it ;-).

Have a great week :-) !


  1. The shirt looks great on you and I really like the fabric!

  2. The shirt fits you great! It looks so stylish and comfy

  3. Looks lovely. And yes, it is so frustrating when work and life keep you away from sewing.

  4. I'm wanting to try this pattern. You mentioned you made a size 8, the size I normally make. What size t-shirt to you normally buy? Thanks.

  5. Hello Barbara,
    I usually wear T-shirts which are marked XS and S - so the extra small and small ones. My upper body is the European 34, maybe 36, so American 8, or 10. If I feel like the pattern could run too big, I cut the size 6. Hope that helps!

  6. Super pretty top!!! I love the paisley print and colors!!!