Sunday, August 7, 2011

Butterick 5561 top

Ah bliss.... in contrast to the tussle with the not-at-all-easy 'Easy' Burda top in the last post, Butterick 5561 is a dream.  I bought this pattern some time ago but had never tried it.  It's definitely worth a try.
Envelope Description: Loose fitting tops have front neckline gathers, raglan sleeves with shoulder darts and deep front pleat. I made view A with short sleeves with pleats. 

I plan to wear it with narrow black trousers rather than a skirt but they were in the wash for photo time.
I made a 16 but would try a smaller size next time as it is a very roomy top.

It takes 1.3 m of 150cm fabric.  I've used a silk charmeuse that was a find on half price sale at Textile Traders Balcatta.
The front has a fold and gathering. 
Particular likes:   It's very easy and quick to make and needs next to no fitting.   And the sleeves are very cute with an interesting tuck feature at the hem.

Dislikes:   As a matter of pattern drafting the front gathering is clunky.   You make the large fold then put the gathering stitches through the 3 layers.  So you end up with a very thick gathered piece.  I had to catch stitch under the fold where you can't see the stitches, to get it to lie flat.
My one other reservation was that I maybe didn't do justice to the fabric. The back looks so nice.  The pattern is probably best for plain fabrics or the fold and gathering get a bit lost.
I'll definitely be giving this pattern another outing. 


  1. I have this pattern to make, I hadn't noticed the sleeve detail! Your version is very pretty, very cool fabric.

  2. I like the fabric and the top -very nice

  3. Glad to see you made this. I've ordered the pattern in the latest pattern member sale. Your fabric is devine.

  4. That's a very striking top. I think you certainly did the fabric justice!

  5. Wow. With the fabric you chose, this top is amazing.

  6. This is gorgeous fabric - I really like the effect with the front fold, I think it was a great choice for this pattern.

  7. Just discovered your blog - I am about to cut out this Butterick top myself. Fingers crossed it turns out as well as yours. But first, off to have a peek around your blog...