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Okay so maybe I like it just a little lol(Butterick 5497)

Pattern Description: Loose fitting at bust, have short or long dolman sleeves, gathered upper section, shoulder casings with elastic and stitched hems...I made view B

Pattern Sizing:14-20 I made a 14 but will tell that  story later lol

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?Somewhat until you got to the neck binding....I will try to explain this step how I interpeted the instuctions to help any beginner, like myself....Step 11.. On outside, pin one edge of back neck binding to upper back, matching lg circles,keeping remaining edge free, as shown.Stitch in 3/8 seams, ending a lg circles. Press seams toward binding. (My interpetation, pin neck binding right side to right side of of back, matching raw edges and lg circles...Roll neck binding out so the wrong sides show...So now you should have one edge pinned and you take the remaining edge, and roll it over turn in 3/8 seam and slipstitch over seam...I hope this helps!

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I love the fit of the lower half it can really be a sexy little number depending upon how you dress it up..

Fabric Used:Left over fabric from my McCalls dress 6069

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:I intended on making a 14 at the bodice and a 16 at the lower half, but somewhere between step
#11and my second cocktail I ended up sewing and double stitching the lower half with wrong sides to right sides lol...So, knowing that this fabric doesn't take well to seam ripping(ask me how I know lol) I just decided to line up my pattern pieces against my fabric and make this lower half into a 14 and to my surprise it worked.....

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?I would sew it again, just not right now....

Conclusion: It's a good pattern just pay attention to the neck binding section and any beginner can rock this one out! I promise you won't see this fabric again lol...Happy Sewing Divas and as always Be blessed and nothin' less!


  1. I didn't realize how wonderful the back was from your PR review. This top is fabulous. I love it!

  2. Awww, now see you are pumping me up LOL....I love your blog and all your clothes, seriously you are the one that motivated me to try sewing again......Thanks so much!

  3. Great top!! This pattern is somewhere in my queue as well... hehehe... great minds think alike! I wish I had enough fabric left over from my dress to make this top, too!

  4. Angela you should give it a go...I know you would totally rock this one, as all your garments are wonderful! And great minds do think alike lol...

  5. Such a pretty top and the colors are just gorgeous.

  6. Love the shirt! I'm a beginning sewer and blogger too. Can't wait to see what you make next!

  7. thank you so much...We can encourage each other along...

  8. Tyna thank you so much!I'm trying lol...

  9. Oh that is so cute. Hmmm... might have to get that pattern before it goes away.


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