1/11/09

Butterick 3344

I feel as if I haven't sewn in so long, despite sewing 12 hat & scarf sets as x-mas gifts. To get back into the scheme of sewing a garment, I selected Butterick 3344, mainly because I found myself visiting a few stores in search of turtlenecks to pair with a few skirts & slacks that I purchased at the Loft during one of their mega sales. I have several solid ones, but wanted turtlenecks with prints. I'd sewn this garment back in September '08 and really liked the style of it.

Misses'/Misses' Top with close-fitting top and neckline variations and stitched hems. A: elastic neck, mock-wrap. A, B, C: long sleeves. A, B, C, E: pullover. D: collar, above-elbow sleeves, back zipper.

I used Version D, but used the long sleeves from Version A. For fabric, I used a printed poly-lycra that I' purchased at Sav-a-thon. Of late, I've found it hard to get knit fabric and to my surprise Sav-a-thon had a table full of pre-cut knits 2-1/2 yds for $4.99 and purchased a few bundles of printed knits.


If anyone is looking for a quick sew, this pattern is definitely it. I did a lil process of elimination though. The pattern instructs gathering at the ends of the collar and a center back zipper which clearly was not required since the fabric has a 4 way stretch. The first time I did the top I cut the back on the fold and did an opening at the center back, but this time I cut the fabric as instructed thereby sewing a back seam, which I find eliminates gaposis.

Also, this pattern is a plus size, which meant I had to down size the pattern by decreasing the side seams and the sleeves by removing about an 1+". Once the top was assembled I tried it on wrong-side out and as best I could pinned the excess fabric along the side seam down to the sleeve.
For the collar, I folded the fabric in half and serged the raw edges together, and to give the collar more stability I folded it once again and then baste stitched it to the neckline and did a final serge. For the hem of the top and sleeves, I serged and then used double-sided clear adhesive tape to get a neat fold. To keep the hem and sleeves from loosing its elasticity since I was using double-sided tape, I set my sewing machine width to 1.0 and the length to 2.5 and stitched the garment, lightly pulling thereby popping the tape and allowing the top to retain its elasticity and keep a neat fold.
Although I did a lot of tweaking, this top was quick and easy.
Pattern Review

25 comments:

Lesalicious said...

I love that fabric, you have done great with that turtle neck shirt. I am not a turtle neck type of gal but, I know it would look lovely on you. Great job.

Amanda S. said...

I like it! Too bad this pattern is OOP. I've been looking for a good turtleneck pattern. Guess I'll have to buy the pricey Quick Sew.

Tanya said...

Thank you for posting this, I have been looking for a turtleneck pattern forever and couldn't find one, the next Butterick sale I will look for this one. Yours looks great in the print.

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

What a great top! And it looks so good with the pants!

Opal said...

Nice top... I love the fabric and it looks good with the pants....

Lisa H. said...

That's a great top.Love that print and at a bargin too.

Adrienne said...

Very cute! I plan on sewing this week!!!!

Sewuptight said...

What a great top. So professional, and I really like the print.

Sheila said...

Thank you for the awesome compliments. I have washed it and its ready to wear to work tomorrow.

Faye Lewis said...

I like your top and tips. You know how much I love knits!

stillpatrice said...

cute!

Angelia said...

Nice! The fabric is beautiful!

Aminat said...

Another lovely top, it's so beautiful and the fabric is nice too . What a good job .
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Cas... said...

Great job! I like it a lot!

Keep up the good work!

Tanya said...

You've never made slacks? You can do it, I would start with an elastic waist if you're not too sure about a zipper but if you hate elastic waist pants go for the zipper. Just holler if you need some help.

Amina said...

beautiful!! I wish i could do something similar! thank you sooooooooo much for the roll a lotion suggestion.
I am getting one!!!!

Cheryl Wray said...

Very pretty!

Mary Sarah said...

Love the fabric! Great Job!

cici said...

I am loving the fabric,, great choice! and a bargin.

Cennetta said...

What a great project to get back into the sewing of things. Love the fabric. Great job.

Tany said...

You've done a great job! I love that print!

Cennetta said...

Hi lady! It me again. I nominated you for the Kreativ Blogger Award. See my blog for the rules.
Happy Sewing!
C

Tanya said...

I nominated you for the Kreativ Blogger Award. I was nominated by Faye. You're supposed to post the award,nominate 7 other blogs and leave a message on those blogs. I'm so excited my first award.

Angelia said...

I passed an award to you. You can copy it from my blog!

Susan said...

That is gorgeous! It's also a pattern that I don't have. This will be rectified. lol.