I made two more tops!
Since I perfected the fit of Butterick B6258‘s long sleeve top, I churn them out in between more involved sewing projects. A little instant gratification is good motivation to push through longer-term projects, right? Right. And that’s why I have a gold version cut, ready to be sewn when I need a palate cleanser.
These shirts are both quite textural — the black is a polyester knit with a floral jacquard pattern that’s quite fun to touch: kind of like a cross between velvet and fleece. I’d expected this shirt to be hideous because the fabric was kind of ugly, but actually it works quite well! I banded the neckline on this top as the sole design detail.
This shirt is also pretty dark, but I got the fabric for the purple bits. Like the other shirt, it’s a polyester knit. For those of you who knit, the purple parts are reverse stockinette stripes/welts. It’s cool in a very subtle way!
This cool fabric was kind of a headache to cut and sew, because of the welts: cutting through something three-dimensional was tricky, as was sewing it flat (at a seam, etc). So I cut one long strip to band the neckline, and used the ends of the strip to make a fun design across the front of the shirt. It’s a pretty subtle feature in person, but it was a big step into pure design for me. Never having been a talented artist, true design is scary to me! But something I dream of getting the hang of.
I’ve made six B6258 tops now, and I’d love to make more. But what to wear on my lower half? This pattern includes a pencil skirt that is easy to sew and easy to modify. But I feel like sewing skirts is cheating, and I should really make pants. At least, sewing this skirt feels like cheating — it’s soooo easy. :)
How about you? Has a favorite pattern ever caused an imbalance in your wardrobe? Do you feel guilty for sewing infinite versions of your TNT patterns, or do you feel that’s the whole point of them?