|Butterick 5826 in blue paisley viscose print|
I recently bought a pair of chocolate brown cords, which is a slight deviation from my usual colour choices. I therefore decided I also wanted to add another top to my wardrobe specifically to go with them. I tend to wear either red or blue with brown, so when I ran across this viscose (a.k.a. rayon) print with a blue ground and brown paisley pattern I snapped up a couple of metres of it. I knew I wanted some kind of top and after some deliberation decided to make a pullover type blouse.
I looked at a few patterns, and I was going to use a recent Burda pattern that I mentioned a couple of weeks ago (Burda 12-2013-108) but in the end I landed on a recent Butterick pattern, Butterick 5826. Quite a few people have made up version C/D but I fixated on version B, which is very similar to a RTW top I used to own and wore to death.
|Line drawing Butterick 5826|
After looking at the pattern (can I just say that I hate Butterick's decision to print the finished dimensions on the pattern itself? Ugh. Though, my inconsistency in finding that really annoying when neither Burda nor Ottobre give any finished dimensions at all is really dumb.) I decided to make more or less a straight 16 from the envelope with only three changes: I lowered the bust dart, I did a square shoulder adjustment and I shortened the top by 5cm. Unfortunately, all of these went very slightly wrong -- my bust dart ended a fraction too low, my shoulder adjustment a fraction too square, and somehow I managed to shorten the back slightly more than the front so the front hem dips just a bit -- it's the sort of dip you'd only notice if you were looking for and I stood still while you inspected it, but still: ugh. This is all extremely annoying as the last thing I needed to do was make the pattern worse by adjusting it.
|Unsatisfactory details: neckband end botch job and awkward collar|
The problem is I can't really tell whether the problems I had were mainly due to user error or a poor pattern. Did I make a mistake cutting/sewing, and that's why the neckband pieces were too short? Or are the pieces just too short? Is the awkward collar because of poor sewing or poor design? Other reviewers around the internet seem to have experienced a mixed bag of outcomes (though people sewing view C/D seem to have had a better time of it overall and I can't find anyone else who made the collared version) so I can't really reach any conclusion from that either.
Although there are details I do like (the general shape, the fabric, my rather nice French seams and other finishing, the actual fabric and the way it looks as an outfit with the trousers I bought, which is exactly as I imagined) I don't feel at all enthusiastic this top, or more generally, about trying this pattern again. This is a shame as I really liked the idea of it and hoped it might be something I could make a few times. Still, I have a couple of other possibilities for similar pullover tops and so I think I will move onto those and abandon Butterick 5826.