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Pattern Reviews> Butterick> 4549 (Summer blouses/tops)

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Reviewed by: LoriB
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Posted on:6/28/07 1:55 PM
Last Updated:6/28/07 2:44 PM
Review Rating: Very Helpful by 17 people   
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French.Seam said... (4/4/08 2:54 PM) Reply
I made this same pattern, and the sleeves are so tight I can't raise my arms. My arms aren't big though.
BLB said... (1/18/08 10:09 PM) Reply
I think it looks terrific, Lori.
AlexaNJ said... (8/5/07 6:52 PM) Reply
I love the combination of bias/straight grain!! Great job!!!
Helen near Sydney said... (7/12/07 6:13 PM) Reply
Excellent review, thankyou.
So So said... (7/6/07 4:47 AM) Reply
Just found this review. Great looking top. I have this pattern, tried to make a 3 cloured top, but got disgusted whent eh top did not fit. Needs a FBA. Pattern was tossed tot eh side, but seeing yours are renewed my interest again. Well done with the plaids. Very smart fresh top!
Lou05 said... (7/3/07 1:19 AM) Reply
This turned out great. Nice job with the plaid and what a neat idea to turn the bottom panel on diagonal. I'm betting you look terrific in it! After your review I'll be making a muslin for sure but now I can't wait to get started. Thanks.
LauraTS said... (6/29/07 2:15 PM) Reply
It may have been a trial, but it looks wonderful. Putting the lower front on the bias seems to have made it skim over the tummy nicely, too. I've got one of the other views of this pattern in progress, so thanks for the review.
Hilary said... (6/29/07 1:12 PM) Reply
Wow, your shirt is *soo* cute! I can sympathize about the pain of plaids (lol!) but it sure was worth it, it looks wonderful. Very cool and summery-now I want to get my copy of this out and sew it up! Great job!!
Stilltheone said... (6/29/07 10:38 AM) Reply
I love it! I love the colors and how you arranged the plaid. Great job.
OP Gal said... (6/29/07 9:15 AM) Reply
Your top turned out great. What a cool summer top! I love that pattern. I avoid plaids for the reasons you've stated in your review. They look great, but are just too much trouble.
Bonnie O said... (6/28/07 11:32 PM) Reply
Ca-Yoot!!!!! Sounds like you put a lot of effort into this and it is well worth it. Just adorable. I also have some summery weight plaids and although I'll skip this specific pattern, you've definitely given me ideas for a couple others that would probably be a little easier to match the plaids. Maybe S4176 or S3750, view F, in which I would not match the bodice and skirt.
Mary Stiefer said... (6/28/07 11:28 PM) Reply
Way cute. Love the plaid - no matter what the pattern envelope says.
Lori V said... (6/28/07 11:25 PM) Reply
This is so wonderful. What a pretty, fun blouse.
Leslie in Austin said... (6/28/07 11:24 PM) Reply
I see squilts and I had the same first reaction: cute cute cute cute CUTE!! Brilliant plaid matching.
jnamcd said... (6/28/07 10:56 PM) Reply
Seamingly Simple said... (6/28/07 9:32 PM) Reply
Your top looks way nicer than the ones on the pattern envelope!
ryan's mom said... (6/28/07 7:19 PM) Reply
So cute and summery! Your top looks great!
carolynw said... (6/28/07 6:54 PM) Reply
Lori - truly lovely - you did a wonderful job with this plaied.
MissCelie said... (6/28/07 5:22 PM) Reply
I love plaids but have never really worked well with them. You've done a tremendous job!
Terri Smith said... (6/28/07 5:05 PM) Reply
I like your top, and your review tells me to play it safe for a while and stick to paisley!
STACEYWILSON said... (6/28/07 4:47 PM) Reply
Great top!!! Where can I find a dressform like that?
LoriB said... (6/28/07 3:52 PM) Reply
Sherril, I thought about adding a fourth and maybe even fifth button but the loops are sewn into the seam so I'd have to do open the seam and redo some topstitching. Not impossible, just time consuming. The other option is to hand stitch it closed in the front and the buttons would just be decorative. Since it has a zipper, I can easily get in and out of it.
Levone said... (6/28/07 3:05 PM) Reply
This is such a pretty top. Great job on matching the plaids.
EveS said... (6/28/07 2:37 PM) Reply
Lori, I LOVE this top!!! The details are great...your version is much better than the pattern photos! Of course, my first thought when I saw the thumbnail was, "Oh, that's perfect for my pink-orange plaid I've been dying to use!" My second thought after reading your review? "Hmm, maybe not so much." But I think I might have to consider this pattern for a different fabric! Great review...thanks!!
squilts said... (6/28/07 2:34 PM) Reply
Cute, cute, cute! Your work with the plaids looks great to me!
TrixieD said... (6/28/07 2:32 PM) Reply
I love the colour and the look, and I sympathize with you on matching plaids. I did that with a blouse last week and it takes time to be sure the stripes line up directly in many directions at once. A nice summer look.
Sherril Miller said... (6/28/07 2:17 PM) Reply
Lori, you can send this cute blouse my way because your alterations sounds like a good fit for me! Maybe you can take those buttons up a little higher for more coverage or are they just decorative?
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