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Pattern Reviews> Butterick> 5261 (Womans Shirt/Jacket)

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Reviewed by:Sally Sews

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Posted on:3/7/09 7:04 PM
Pattern Size:Plus-Sized 
Review Rating: Helpful by 4 people    Very Helpful by 17 people   
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Aless said... (10/25/10 6:34 PM) Reply
You have done other sewers such a service by describing the problems with this pattern so well. I too will check the sizing very carefully before making up,as I really like raglan sleeves.
Mc Donna said... (3/5/10 3:47 PM) Reply
Pretty color on you! I just bought this pattern, and will definitely keep the considerable ease in mind when deciding which size to cut.
sharonmy said... (2/1/10 10:28 AM) Reply
this is helpful, as i bought this pattern on sale and want to make it next.
4u2cme said... (1/18/10 2:14 AM) Reply
I have this pattern in my stash. I'll be mindful of the sizing when I decide to make this shirt/jacket.
tr1c14 said... (3/9/09 3:43 PM) Reply
I agree, way too pretty to give up on yet. I love the colours and I bet if you can just take it in a bit, it will look way nicer. Could you save the overly-big neckline by finding some more interesting contrast fabric and converting it to a neckline with revers/lapels?
fourkid said... (3/9/09 8:22 AM) Reply
I too am in the love it category. It is too pretty to give up on. You look wonderful in this fabric - with the extra ease it works as a jacket - and just take in what is take-in-able.
goldesdottar said... (3/8/09 1:04 AM) Reply
Another vote to try reworking it - one advantage of a raglan sleeve for fitting is that it is much easier take in an excess of fabric, from sleeves & sides from under the sleeves, or from the top of the sleeves and vertical under the bust darts. The combination of colors is too nice to reject without a wince.
CynthiaSue said... (3/8/09 0:00 AM) Reply
the color looks so nice on you! The raglan sleeves are a good fit. thanks for calling my attention to this pattern. thanks for the detailed review.
Immelu said... (3/7/09 11:41 PM) Reply
Sally, I really like the fabric too! Have you tried adding a fabric belt? I think it'd look great if you made one out of similar colored scraps, especially the print at the collar! I would take some scraps, wrap them around your waist, tie a knot about half way between your side and center, and see if you like the look. Belts solve alot of my problems. If you do'n't like the belt all the way around, another quick fix might be to make sort of a back belt and fasten it with a couple of buttons. I'm thinking a back belt like you'd see on a wool winter coat. You could use it to gather together some of that extra fullness.
Ody said... (3/7/09 11:04 PM) Reply
Sally, great fabric, super detail, and if the fit had been better, you would have looked ready for spring. Is there no way to at least take in the sides for more of an illusion of a waist? I think I would wear it anyway like a jacket, since the color is so nice on you. Thanks for such an informative review. BTW, I saw you on some website that was really interesting and fun.
Annette1 said... (3/7/09 9:43 PM) Reply
I was just thinking that same thing. You can wear this one as an overblouse (if it doesn't bug you too much moving around), and then you can STILL make yourself another blouse whenever you darn well please. This is too cute not to wear, and you look so PRETTY in that color! You can even wear a SWEATER under if you have to, so it has something to "stick to" -- ha! I think it's SO pretty on you! Your extra touches with the coordinating fabric make it so fun, too. :o)
mssewcrazy said... (3/7/09 9:39 PM) Reply
At first I thought Oh no I bought this at the last butterick pattern sale I went to at a Hancock's after you said it did not work. After looking at the photos I actually like it. Just wear it open like a jacket as they are always larger. If you have any of the fabric left, perhaps you could applique a coordinated shell to wear under it or make a sleeveless shell from the fabric and have a neat set. I don't think I would give up yet on this one-just cut it down a bit if you wish. I still plan to try this one after seeing yours but will perhaps plan on the first one being a shirt jacket and a wearable muslin for fitting.
Debbie Cook said... (3/7/09 7:57 PM) Reply
I have this pattern too and have been contemplating it. I think you definitely need to go down at least one size. Love the contrast trims you used. Hopefully, you'll wear this open as a shirt jacket so you won't have to waste your time and materials. It really is a pretty combination on you.
Meggie LuLu said... (3/7/09 7:52 PM) Reply
CUTE!! It looks GREAT on you!!
Aussiemom63135 said... (3/7/09 7:41 PM) Reply
Thanks for reviewing this top. I made it also and had problems with it. It was so big I just did not finish it. Did you find the arms are very large and when you put it on the body seems to grow under the arm area?
marec said... (3/7/09 7:26 PM) Reply
I like it and your use of different trims gives it a "springy" look. Pretty~
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