When I made Katherine Tilton’s Butterick 5925 top (blogged here and here), I fell in love with the RPL (Rayon-Poly-Lycra blend) fabric. I raced over to Gorgeous Fabrics and grabbed two more pieces, one in Peacock and one in Army Green.
I expected these two pieces to have the same hand as the red RPL. I prewashed, and then last night, when cutting out Katherine Tilton’s Butterick 5961, I realized the hand was very different. And still wonderful.
This top, which is slated to go to Germany with me next Friday, feels very similar to a lovely lightweight cashmere twin-set I got from Talbot’s about five years ago. “Cozy” is the word that comes to mind. I love this fabric, and have enough to go quickly make something else out of it. (The Jazzman tells me I need to stop sewing and start packing, but I’m determined!)
Here’s the formal review:
MISSES’ TOP AND PANTS: Very loose-fitting, pullover top has collar and shaped armholes. Collar B: cut on crosswise grain. Fitted, tapered pants have side front and side back seams, topstitching and back zipper. D: cuffs. A, B, C and E: stitched hems. I made View C.
Pattern Sizing: B5(8-10-12-14-16), F5(16-18-20-22-24). I cut my standard Tilton 16.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes.
Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes.
Fabric Used: RPL from GorgeousFabrics.com. Please note: This is a very soft fabric, so the collar doesn’t stand up at all. If you want a more mock turtle look, choose a heavier or heftier fabric.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
- I topstitched the shoulder seam, which I normally do on Tilton tops. (The pattern does not tell you to topstitch.) However, after trying the top on I noticed the shoulder seam sits forward, and it would have been nicer if I had omitted it.
- Cut 1″ strips of lightweight fusible interfacing and fused to sleeve and bottom hems for a clean fold. Then topstitched with double needle and wooly nylon in bobbin. Perfect.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? As soon as I publish this post, I’m going downstairs to cut another!
Conclusion: Make it. Wear it. Love it!! Thanks, Katherine.
And how convenient that this peacock fabric perfectly matches the cowl I made after recovering from my broken wrist. It’s perfect with this floppy mock-turtle neck.
(And I apologize for the lack of image quality in the pics. It’s a very gray day in NE Ohio, and light isn’t to be found anywhere!.)