Butterick 5484

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:

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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!

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