The disaster pile. 6 unflattering unfinished objects on the trot. 6! Some I can hopefully rescue, I just need to leave them be for the moment. Do you reckon there's a sewing equivalent of the gardeners' 'black thumb'?
Meanwhile I may just have to keep making versions of Butterick 5388. I've found my holy grail of summer top patterns. It's a super pattern. It's easy. It's very, very quick and IT'S FAIL SAFE.
Although... there are many things that you can happily make over and over again - like classics. But is this top one of them? I suspect not. I went and counted how many of this kind of style is in my wardrobe - 9! Not all from this pattern but similar.
So, here are 3 versions of Butterick 5388.
Potters Outlet store had a 50% sale recently, including this silk habutae for a nicely cheap $7 metre. It needs a simple style for anything this big-ly patterned, like...let me think.... ummmm.... Butterick 5388!
The fabric feels lovely on and it's comfy and cheerful.
I sewed a band on the bottom to make use of the border.
Here's version 2 - another silk habutae courtesy of the Potter's sale. This one is black with a dot print. I didn't have quite enough fabric for the collar so it is half the pattern width. The collar is cut on the bias so uses up quite a bit of fabric.
And version 3. No collar and in a snake print charmeuse from Textile Traders.
I'm currently making another one in a wince inducing citrus yellow - will someone do a pattern intervention on me soon and prise this pattern out of my hands? I can't stop!