Today I finished up Butterick 5484, my white top. I pulled this pattern from the stash the other night as the winner. Close runner up was a simplicity, but I felt that this style was just a smidge more casual. The other would be great for work, but not so much for a picnic on the weekend where I want to look good, so this one won! Here’s the pattern.
And here’s the finished product:
Overall, I’m pleased…I think it turned out very well, and if I were to make it again, there’s only a few things I would change. This is an easy top to make…nothing really complex, and it went together quickly. I cut the length 4 inches longer than the shortest, but still a couple inches above the medium length and this was perfect for me. It was easier than doing a length adjustment. I also stitched the pleats down for 3 inches. It was just a mess on me before I did that. My fabric doesn’t hold a wrinkle well, so without the stitching, the pleats just spread apart and looked a mess. The only other hard part is finding an appropriate buckle! You really want one that is perfectly circular, otherwise it looks like it’s lopsided. I wanted a white circle, but the closest I could find was this “opal” oval. It’s ok, and I added a couple of hand stitches behind the buckle to hold it in place, but it’s not a perfect solution. Maybe I’ll do some scouting around to see if I can find circular ones online. If you know of a source, please let me know. Hancocks had one in silver and gold, but I didn’t want either (although in hindsight, I think I really could have rocked the silver.). Joanns didn’t even have these ovals, but they did have a blinged up circular one. I’m not into bling though.
I plan to wear this top with my red pants and blue toenail polish for the fourth! 🙂 Happy 4th of July everyone!