One of my favorite sewing blogs right now is Adventures from the Sewing Studio. Sharon does an amazing job sharing her experiences with different patterns, and provides some pretty great tutorials, most of which are on my list of things to try! Soon after I found her blog, she posted about Butterick 5562 – a collection of pullover tops.
I fell in love with both the striped and the silver tops she made from the shawl-collared pattern – and stuck the pattern on my wish list, waiting for a good pattern sale. Hancock Fabrics put Butterick patterns on sale for 99 cents not too long ago, and I made 5562 my very own. I purchased a brown jersey knit for my top – and have been slowly working on it during naptimes or once the kids are in bed at night. It’s finally finished – and I love it!
The pattern claims to be “close-fitting,” but after cutting a size medium based on my measurements, I became worried that it would be too big. It’s definitely cut larger than you’d think – but I didn’t realize this until I was too far into the project to do much about it. I had planned to make some alterations once it was finished, but once I tried it on – I actually like the baggier fit I got from the medium. The sleeves are slouchy around the wrists, it’s nice and long, and it feels super-snuggly. I may make another one in a small, but I like having a comfy medium around, too!
This pattern also caused me to stumble upon another great sewing blog – Amanda’s Adventures in Sewing. Amanda was also inspired by Sharon to create her own shawl-collared top, and I greatly appreciated a lot of her input as I worked on mine! Thanks, Amanda!
I’m taking on a really exciting project next – sewing Valentine’s Day dresses for my friend, Rachel, and I. We’re going to dinner together the weekend before V-Day, and the husbands have decided they’d like to dress in a “Mad Men” theme. This means it’s time to break out one of my favorite patterns – New Look 6824. I love this pattern, because you can make the top and bottom different sizes, and get a really good fit for your dress. Plus, most of these dress styles would make Betty Draper proud!