6 August 2007

Butterick 4745 & Simplicity 3837

Pattern: Butterick 4745 & Simplicity 3837.

Size: B4745 comes in sizes 6 to 20 - I made size 8. S3837 comes in sizes 6 to 22 - I made size 6.

Fabric: Brown/teal floral cotton voile from Fabricland & marine blue cotton interlock from Wazoodle.

Project Photo:

Comments: I have made this skirt before and I love it as much this time as the last.

This top, however, is a new pattern for me and I made view B. I'm not sure I'm completely sold on this top. There is a criss-cross front with a criss-cross overlay on top. This makes for a lot of fabric in the bodice. When attaching the upper bodice to the midriff, there are places where 7 layers of fabric are being sewn together - it is a bulky! In the photo, the top looks a bit wonky. This is due to the fix I often use on V-necks that I feel are too low. I have strung elastic thread through the entire V-neckline to help tighten it up and hold it closer to the body. On the hanger, the elastic gathers up oddly, but on the body, it relaxes and pulls the fabric to the chest, eliminating any embarrassing gaping. If I was to remake this top, I would alter the front pattern piece so the elastic is not required.

Conclusion: Although I am a bit disappointed in the top, I am still overall happy with this outfit. I love the skirt fabric and pattern so much that it makes up for the so-so top.


Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

Wow Shannon you are really pumping these outfits out! So when do you start back to school sewing!?

Bonnie D. said...

I like your top and skirt combo. I have also made the top and based on advice of others, eliminated the overlay. I'm not really sure what the point of it is! I didn't have the bulk.
If you want to see some examples, here is my version:
and some other reviews at PR where the overly was also eliminated:

Adrienne said...

Very cute outfit!

Tany said...

You are sewing like a storm and building a lovely wardrobe!

Summerset said...

Wow! You have been really busy! Cute and easy to wear.

Linda said...

Thanks for mentioning about all the layers in the front of this top. I have this pattern, but have yet to open it. I might decide to pass on it and make something else. The outfit as a whole is cute. I love the combination together. You have been busy sewing lately. You are inspiring me to spend more time in my sewing room.

Vicki said...

Wow, three new complete outfits since my last visit. I love the last one best - must be the colours ;)

Lori said...

Love the fabrics and colors. Very cute skirt, I have made the top and omitted the overlays.

Becky said...

Wow, you've been prolific... it all looks great, though! I'm also curious as to how you did the elastic in the neckline, since I'm constantly having issues with necklines being too low. Especially on knits.

Isabelle said...

What a cute outfit!! I just received that Simplicity pattern as a gift and I love it. Bummer about the overlay, though. I was planning on making view A and in view of your comments I may have to reconsider.

Still, your outfit is so pretty!