4 August 2009

Butterick 4986 & Kwik Sew 2948 & Simplicity 7816

Pattern: Butterick 4986 (view A) & Kwik Sew 2948 & vintage Simplicity 7816 (view 4 - minus the pockets)


Size: Top (B4986) - size 8; Tank top (KS2948) - size XS; Skirt (S7816) - waist 24" and hip 34.5"

Fabric: Top - Blue waves rayon lycra knit from Lucy's Fabrics; Tank top - teal slinky knit from Timmel Fabrics; Skirt - Kiwi waffle weave linen from Fabric Mart.

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Comments: Sometimes ya just gotta have a bright outfit! I love teal and lime green together - it just screams summer to me. So when I noticed how well all these fabrics coordinated, it was a no-brainer to create an outfit.

The Kwik Sew tank top is the only pattern of the three that I have sewn with before and it is a TNT. Easy to put together and very flattering for a simple shell.

In the past, I have tried several twist top patterns (the kind that is an actual wear alone top like the ones in Simplicity 4076) and I never have luck with them. As a very small busted woman, I could never get the top to look right - even with a small bust adjustment on these patterns, the bodice still looked saggy and unfilled. Not to mention, these tops are always so insanely low cut, which is not a good look if you have a fairly bony upper chest like I do. However, B4986 caught my eye when it first came out because of the nifty twist on the front and the fact that it is a cardigan style, rather than a stand alone T-shirt. Well, I am a huge fan of this pattern - it fits well, it's easy to make and it's super cute!

The skirt is made from a vintage pattern that I have had in my stash for a while. I like all the different options provided in this pattern. I plan on making all of them at some point because of the success I had with this skirt. My only issue with the skirt is the fault of the fabric - it wrinkles like mad. Normally, I'm cool with the rumples in linen, but this particular fabric is evil incarnate - it wrinkles even if you look at it sideways. Oh well, next time I make it, I'll use better fabric.

Conclusion: A fun and funky summer outfit that reminds me of sherbet (umm, sherbet...).

24 comments:

Lori said...

Cute outfit and the twist cardigan is one of my favorite patterns, too.

Kristine said...

Great outfit! I've made up the Butterick a few times, and always get compliments when I wear it. You'll get lots of use out of it!

Sheila said...

Lovely outfit and now off to see if I can purchase b4986.

Nancy K said...

Great outfit, but blue sherbet? Not so much. You look great in these colors and summery it is.

Cindy said...

You definitely need a bit bright once in awhile! I liked how you compiled the whole outfit. I have had the twisted top pattern in my stash but didn't know quite how to wear it...you gave me a great idea! thanks.BTW, you green nails are fabulous! I bought the silver and love it. Holy smokes, it was hard to take off!

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

I love that you are sewing outfits and not just pieces! A girl after my own heart!!! This is another lovely outfit!

Sher said...

And I was going to comment how much I love linen. I don't mind the wrinkles, that is the nature of linen and I feel it's so summery and refreshing.

Love those colors too!

gaylen said...

I love that outfit. You are cranking out some lovely things to wear once school starts again. g

Susan said...

That is the perfect summer outfit.

Christy Sews said...

Shannon, you are creating a remarkable wardrobe. I love the decisiveness with which you sew.

Coco, not as in Chanel :) said...

Sew (hee hee) cute! Love it! :)

Rose said...

I love this bright outfit, including the crinkled green skirt.

Summerset said...

Very, very cute! I love the shoes, too!

kiltsnquilts said...

Mmm sherbet! Great outfit, love those colours together, and I also love the shoes :-)

Carol said...

I love these colours! I've never had any luck with twist front patterns and I don't like crossever fronts much either, but this pattern is quite lovely.

Tamara said...

I LOVE this outfit! The colors are fantastic. I love how you used rayon lycra knit for the twist top. I have liked the pattern for a while but I didn't had any fabric that I thought would work. I am definitely look through my collection again.

Gail said...

That is a fun, bright outfit. I want to try the twist top.

gwensews said...

That is a terrific outfit and it looks fab on you! I want that Butterick cardigan pattern now. NOW !!

Linda said...

Lime green is a favorite color of mine. I agree that teal and lime work well together. I just completed a lime, teal, aqua,print skirt. Wish I had thought of using the Butterick pattern you used to make a top. Love your outfit, truly makes you feel like summer.

Lisette M said...

Lovely outfit, great color combination. You remind me that I have the Butterick in my collection.

Faye Lewis said...

Love that look!

Lindsay T said...

Very cute. You really know how to rock your colors.

Heather said...

Love this outfit!

Tany said...

That's a stunning outfit!