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Posted on:2/22/14 10:21 PM
Project Photo:Butterick: 5954 by JudyCook

Butterick: 5954 by JudyCook  
Pattern Photo:Butterick 5954
Butterick Pattern Info
Pattern Rating:Highly Recommend
Review Rating: Helpful by 2 people    Very Helpful by 10 people   
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Available for sale on PR: $17.95 (See envelope) Click to Buy
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Fabric:Sweater Knit  [See other projects in this fabric]
Pattern Description: This pattern includes several variations of tunics, all very easy.

Pattern Sizing:XS, S, and M came in the one I used. There is also a set of L, XL, and XXL. I used the XS for the neckline, cowl, shoulder width, and armscye depth. I used the S for the armscye width and for the side seams, which turned out not to matter after the changes I incorporated. (See below.)

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? The top half of it did, but I modified the lower portion, so that looks different.

Were the instructions easy to follow? The instructions were very easy to follow. There are so few pieces, it would be hard to make them difficult.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I absolutely love the drapey fit. I like the curved portion of the front hem. I like that the cowl is not too bulky.

Fabric Used: I used a sweater knit of off-white with a gold metallic thread woven through. The gold doesn't, unfortunately, show in the photographs. I bought the fabric from Texstyles, a fabric store in Austin, Texas that always has beautiful and high quality knits.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I thought that I liked the fullness in the back, but, it turns out, I don't. It was just too much fabric under my backside. It felt like I was wearing a choir robe. So I pretty much eliminated the extra fabric. I drew a straight line down from the underarm straight to the hem, then I added back in about 1.5 inches at the bottom of each piece and redrew the line so that it is now slightly slanted. If you look at the original pieces, you will see that they are flared like a trumpet…too much.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I have already sewn another version, using the one-piece front, the cowl, and the 3/4 sleeve. I love it as much as this one I'm writing about now. I've already bought a summer knit to make a sleeveless, cowl-less version.

Conclusion: I have been wanting to find a tunic pattern that works for me…so many are just too much for someone of my short stature. I feel like a million bucks in this one…I highly recommend!
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Christas said...
SUPER cute! I love your fabric choice. I need to put this pattern higher up in the pile of ones I want to sew soon.
2/22/14 11:30 PM
Mollymax said...
That style looks so nice on you!
2/22/14 11:32 PM
atymonw said...
Really pretty! Thanks for all your info on your changes. I have the pattern but am not sure about all that bulk on the back either. Your changes make a nice solution.
2/22/14 11:34 PM
SewLibra said...
What a lovely top in winter white! :-)
2/23/14 0:50 AM
chenille said...
So pretty! I like your alterations.
2/23/14 4:11 AM
Danmar said...
I love it! I need this pattern
2/23/14 7:41 AM
LlanoGirl said...
Really nice! It looks beautiful on you.
2/23/14 8:56 AM
Danvillegirl said...
Very pretty!
2/23/14 8:58 AM
wildberrymom said...
Looks so fun and comfortable! Thanks for the helpful review--I need to look for this one.
2/23/14 9:23 AM
MrsCharisma said...
This is perfect on you!!
2/23/14 9:56 AM
Jstarr4250 said...
Beautiful tunic! So stylish and the fabric is lovely.
2/23/14 6:01 PM
Amanda.Claire said...
Awesome tunic! I am short too and have the same problem with tunic silhouettes. Thanks for the review
2/23/14 7:17 PM
carolynw said...
Very nice and thanks for such a helpful review - think I will remove some of that backside fullness too
2/23/14 7:32 PM
TGWGWS said...
Looks great and think your changes make this better than the original!
2/25/14 2:08 PM
1SewSweet said...
I like it with your changes too!
2/28/14 5:42 AM
Sue Parrott said...
Your changes are awesome! I love this on you!
3/8/14 3:02 PM
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