|Misses' pullover tunic with cowl neck, Butterick 5679 View B. It did not take much time at all to complete this pattern, and I would highly recommend it to beginning sewists.|
The illustration on the pattern envelope was accurate, and it helped me decide on some key changes to make to the garment. I picked this pattern when I was looking for something to sew with a sweater knit (which I wanted to try sewing for the first time). I was in a hurry, so although this pattern is not recommended for sweater knits, it was the best I could find.
I purchased 100% acrylic fabric from JoAnn Fabrics. I did not pre-wash the fabric, because this material is "hand wash with cold water, lay flat to dry" so shrinkage was not a concern.
While cutting out the pattern, I decided on some changes. Instead of the pointy hem, I switched it to a shirttail-style hem, as it was more suitable for my fabric. Also, there is a seam in the center front and the center back. For the back pattern piece, I placed it on the fold so that there would not be a center seam on the back. In hindsight I wish I did the same for the front. I do not like the center seam -- it would be nice for other fabrics such as sweatshirt fleece though. I also altered the pattern since I'm 5'8". I made the sleeves two inches longer, and the torso three inches longer than the pattern.
The sewing directions were easy to follow. I made this using a Singer Heavy Duty sewing machine -- not a serger. Next time I make it, I will encase the seam allowances on the cowl neck with double-fold bias tape.
I look forward to making this again with a variety of knit fabrics. It is a comfortable top to wear with jeans/jeggings.
This pattern is quick, and the result is a wearable casual top. Buy this pattern!