Summer Clothes are Here!


My BSF Debra has been pushing me (I needed the push) to start on summer clothes. There are several patterns we have wanted to try, so we pulled them out and chose Butterick 5891 by the uber talented Katherine Tilton.

Side Note: My BSF and I are going on a tour of Paris in the fall with Katherine and Marcy Tilton! We’re so excited!!!!

Both of us agree that this is NOT an easy pattern (as stated on the pattern envelope). A typical shirt would have from 4 to 8 pattern pieces and this pattern has 15! Then there are some funky folds and an unusual collar finish. Top that off with 3 different fabrics and this baby took several days to finish.Katherine-top_3

It seemed early in the season to make a sleeveless shirt, but I solved that by making the arm opening a little larger so I could wear this as a vest or shirt.

I made a muslin and added a dart for my very first time! The dart came out fine, but will be better next time. I need to perfect this skill so woven tops fit correctly. The size I choose was to big on me (despite the muslin). This pattern doesn’t have full length side seams to adjust fit, but it does now! Not an afternoon project, but it did come out pretty cool in the end.Katherine-top_2

I’m very happy with the project, and it will feel great on a super hot day.  Several fellow bloggers have made fabulous versions of the jacket, sometimes as a jacket, vest or shirt. I may have to make that one very soon. Katherine-top_1

7 thoughts on “Summer Clothes are Here!

  1. Love this vest/top! I know I wear mine all the time and need more versions. However, I haven’t even finished my winter sewing yet. Heh.

  2. This is beautiful Wendy! I don’t blame you for being excited about Paris. I’m going in May! Too bad we aren’t going together. Thank you so much for your postings. I appreciate your design eye and creations. I guess we won’t be going to Taos in the fall. I really wanted to take class with Holly Badgely, but my husband would kill me if I did both workshops. Say hi to Debra. Best, Christine

  3. You are absolutely right, even if snow is predicted here tomorrow I am digging out the linens and so on tomorrow. And will aspire to coming up with something half this nice…….very inspirational.


  4. You knocked this one out of the park! Great result. And yes, the pattern pieces never end. But you worked this I some very effective ways. Like the dart idea.

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