Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Butterick 5497

Pattern Description: A Dolman sleeve top for knits. Long or short sleeves and high boatneck or V cross over bodice variation. Features a classy triangle opening at the back of the neck

I made view B, thought View A might be too deep of front v-neck, meaning a cami worn under this top which would have defeated the open back look.

Sizing:  6 to 20, made a 12

Instructions:  They were easy to follow, nice illustrations for most of the step-by-step instructions. 

Likes/Dislikes:  I liked the classy look of the knit shirt, lots of extras to make it a bit dressier.  The gathering on the bodice, the gathered shoulder seams (done with elastic), the triangle opening in the back.  Only dislike - it took me too long to get to this cute pattern.

Changes:  The pattern calls for elastic in the empire waist seam, which I omitted.  It probably will hold the gathers in place better but I thought this would fit Erin perfectly without the elastic and I thought the shirt would be more comfortable without the elastic.

Fabric:  A rayon-lycra knit, it has been in my stash for quite sometime.

Conclusion:  A fun top to make, with many extra design features.


  1. What a great top - love the back opening.

  2. Very pretty top and makes a great going out garment.

  3. That is lovely!

    I'm still afraid of knits but I have a couple of patterns for knits so I can try to conquer my fear. lol

  4. Lovely version Lori.
    I also omitted the elastic for my first version but added the elastic on my second try and it 'sat' better on my. Either way, this is a winner of a pattern and your version is great.

  5. Oh I forgot about this pattern! I have a black one hiding in my closet some where - I love it. I used the elastic in my version and will use it again next time. I think it's really a matter of personal preference.