Wednesday, November 07, 2007

McCall's 5471 and Butterick 5100 - these are winners.

Pattern Review

Pattern: Butterick 5100 Tunic
Description: Misses’ Tunic, Dress and Belt

Sizing: XS to XL, I made a small

Instructions: So simple, you just need to glance at them.
Likes/Dislikes: I love the look for the dress, tunic. I was hesitant to make the dress for my first garment, the tunic takes less fabric.
Changes: No changes.
Fabric: Beefier knit from Hancock’s, not much stretch.
Conclusion: Love this pattern, I like the look and will be on the lookout for some gray knit for the dress. I did just buy black boots so I NEED a dress to go with them!

Pattern Review

Pattern: McCall’s 5471
Description: Semi-fitted shirt has princess seams, mock front band, collar, collar band and shaped hem. Sleeve variations. I made view A.
Sizing: size 6 to 20, I made a 12 according to the finished measurements with the B cup. I will taper it to a 10 at the waist and hips next time.
Instructions: The instructions were very good and the shirt went together beautifully.
Likes/Dislikes: I love the style of the shirt, princess seams are so flattering. The cup sizes are especially nice in the pattern pieces, helps your fitting needs. The sleeve variations have some great choices. For a very fitted garment with many seams, the construction goes relatively quickly, my view with no cuffs helps.
Changes: I added my 1” to the sleeves and body. I might add another 1” to the body next time. I also added interfacing to the mock front band, the pattern didn’t call for it but I felt it was needed.
Fabric: Shirting from Joann’s, this is very see-through so the tunic or other garment will always be over my blouse.
Conclusion: Fantastic blouse, can’t wait to make another one(one that can be worn on its own!). I am so pleased with my finished garment. Check out my picture with the drawing and typed instructions. I made a template for the collar band and this is the best one I have sewn yet. I always have trouble with each side of the band looking the same, I think this might be the solution for that.

Bad expression - so a headless shot.


The great collar deserves a picture!

How I did the collar band.


  1. Look at you girl, you look awesome! Love that blouse too! ;-)

  2. Fabulous! I love the pattern and you look so well in that outfit! Well done!

  3. This, is a terrific outfit!!

  4. Very cute!! I made the 5100 tunic dress first and can't wait to make the top!! Love your outfit!

  5. Fabulous Lori! And wow you look gorgeous!

    Great collar, btw. {smile}

    Pam from ~Off The Cuff Style~

  6. Great looking outfit!

  7. Great outfit, love the sleeves of your blouse and the collar turned out beautiful.

  8. Anonymous5:31 PM

    Wow Lori!
    That collar point stands up to even zooming in on the top stitching. It is PERFECT! Did you use regular thread or a heavier thread to do the topstitching?
    I love the tunic as well. You are so fortunate to have the long torso that is able to carry off this style. Being shortwaisted, there are so many styles that I just cannot pull off. Now I know that it's due to malformed vertibrae but I used to think it was just a figure flaw! So no tunics like that one for me makes it look all the more lovely on someone who can wear it! Great job!
    Connie (Grandma Connie)

  9. Oh wow... Both are so beautiful. I adore the blouse. What a great job you did!!

  10. Anonymous9:25 AM

    Beautiful outfit! As usual...all your sewing is beautiful. The tunics are really in style now.
    Donna W

  11. Both are so cute! You did a great job and you look so stylish wearing them. I love that shirt pattern. It is just adorable.