Pattern: Butterick 5101 Short-Sleeved Top
Pattern Description: Wrap front top with all-in-one sleeve, pleated collar extending into front neckline, side tie, and short-sleeves. It comes in sizes 4-20.
Fabric: Cream-colored moderate stretch cotton knit from Fashion Fabrics Club.
Overall: Originally, I was going to make another M5533, but the fabric didn’t have enough stretch for it, so I switched gears. Perhaps this top would look better in a print, but it will go nicely with my wool and tweed pants from my SWAP, as well as jeans.
I like the wrap style of this easy-to-sew top. The sizing is pretty good; I made a size 12/14. I probably could have gotten away with a size 10, but the 12 works fine. Also like the pleated collar; it seems somewhat unique to me and is an nice feature. I would have liked to do a 3/4 sleeve on this one since it’s a winter work top, but I didn’t have enough fabric, so I had to make do.
However, I had a few gripes with the instructions for this pattern. First of all, if you look at the model sketches and the line drawings, the tie is on the left side of the shirt. However, the pattern instructions have you create the belt loop on the right side of the shirt. I’m one of those people who usually follows the instructions to the tee, so this discrepancy really threw me off. Second of all, I think the ties are a tad bit long, and I did not like the finishing of the facings. If you follow the instructions, you will have raw facings on the inside. To remedy this, I used my serger to overlock the facings, and I used a french seam for all of the seams.
I suppose this top would have looked nicer in a print, but for the purposes of the SWAP, I kept it a solid color that hopefully will go with all the bottoms, especially the patterned skirt I have yet to cut out.