Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Yea or Nay? Butterick 5101

Pattern Review

Pattern: Butterick 5101

Description: Wrap front top and dress have all-in-one sleeve, pleated collar extending into front neckline, side tie, sleeve length and hem variations. Mock wrap front skirt and straight leg pants have casing and elastic yokes.

Sizing: XS to XL, I made a Medium (12-14) according to the finished measurements on the pattern piece. Might should have made the small, jury is still out.

Instructions: The instructions were good, this is the first Butterick I can recall making in a very long time. There is a mistake at the beginning, the instructions state stitch the belt loop to the right front. It is suppose to be the left front, this is the line drawing and the marking on the pattern piece.

Likes/Dislikes: The all-in-one sleeve is a dislike. I realize it is called for on this pattern but
- I need to be more aware of fabric, not too good for a geometric print with a seam down the top of the sleeve
-This all one piece makes the layout tough, I barely sqeaked it out. I did match the side seams and the CB seam.
-Opposite of BWOF and being too low, this top might be too much coverage for the wrap style. Does that make sense? Hope so.

Changes: My usual 1” to the body and sleeves.

Fabric: Knit from Hancock’s

Conclusion: I like the wrap style but is it for me? Kaitlyn commented, “Mom, it makes you look fat!” I don’t know fat is the word but unflattering maybe more correct. I took a look at the two reviews on Pattern review, the cap sleeves is maybe cuter. Another one for opinions, cap sleeves or long sleeves?

Okay, what do you think? And no dressform, I am actually the model!

Notice the CB matches

Meredith wanted a silly pose, I had to be a good mom!

Meredith and I braved the cold for these pictures. I have 2 more garments to post on the blog but it is getting late, so maybe tomorrow.


  1. Hi Lori, firstly I really like it so I wouldn't give up on it. However, there is 'something' which isn't quite right. I tend to agree that it's the sleeves. With the big geometric print, high wrap and long sleeves, there is too much fabric I think. Have you tried pushing the sleeves up to 3/4 length to see if it improves the look?

  2. Well, I don't think you look fat, lol! I agree with Belinda. If the sleeves were slimmer or shorter it would be better.

  3. Except for a little bit too much fabric in the sleeves (as underlined already by sew4 fun and Cidell) I like it very much. And the sleeves issue should probably be fixed in future if you cut an S.

  4. I think the pattern would work better with a solid fabric. The large geometric print calls for a simple T top. That kind of sleeve doesn't give you a slim line at the side of the body. It's really not bad though.

  5. I like it a lot, but agree that it's probably one size too big. Maybe you could sew the sideseam into the sleeve a little tighter? And *nothing* could make you look fat!

  6. Anonymous8:17 AM

    I agree with everyone else - it's a cute top but there's too much fabric going on in the sleeves. I think going down a size would look more flattering on this one.

  7. first, i had to laugh at the "fat" comment. nice to know it's not just my boys who say things like that. second, i agree with the previous comments...perhaps not the best match between pattern & fabric. the style is very pretty. i wouldn't give up on the pattern, and this particular top is definitely very wearable. a little tweaking would totally rock it. i was looking at this one for myself since the wrap is not low cut. how small do you think the XS is....more like a 6-8 or 4-6?


  8. I have to agree with the previous comments, especially on the fat issue! You look sharp and elegant!

  9. Anonymous9:26 AM

    The top looks really nice on you, Great sewing as usual
    Donna W

  10. I think you look great, fat??? are you kidding. No way. Suggestions above make good sense.