Tuesday 27 October 2015

Pineapple Bow Blouse

I seem to be on a bit of a Gertie roll at the moment, having recently made Butterick 5953 finally after having it sit in my cupboard for a couple of years, I thought I'd have a go at her most recent design for Butterick - B6217. The instructions were really easy to follow and it would have come together super quickly had it not been for the fact that the armholes are WAY too small!

Unfortunately I only discovered this after I had sewn most of the garment so I just had to cut into it until I had the right fit. As a result the sleeves weren't quite the right shape anymore so I ended up putting on some capped sleeves instead and finished the lower section with bias binding. Thankfully it all worked out in the end because I really like this pineapple print cotton that I picked up in Hawaii recently.

I made a size 8 which was a very comfortable fit everywhere but the armholes. A couple of people on Pattern Review who had sewn a size 6 pointed out the same problem (if only I'd taken note of that first). None of the other reviewers that had made larger sizes mentioned this so maybe this is only the case for the smaller sizes. Be warned though, if you intend to make this pattern, I'd make a toile first.

I do intend to make more of these cos I think it's a really lovely pattern but I'll have to do some serious adjustment to the armhole pattern piece first. I'd like to make view C and I'd also like to try the tulip sleeves, they look really cute.

Not content with photo bombing my blog pics, Koko insisted on having a cuddle too.


  1. Coo, Stunning sewing as always! Love the fabric and the knotted front of this top! And your photobombing cat, adorable. I also wanted to let you know I have nominated you for a Liebster award! It basically involves recommending a few of your favourite blogs and giving 11 random facts about yourself (explained in a bit more detail in my blog post here: http://ree-sewn.blogspot.co.uk/2015/10/a-liebster-award.html ) . Only if you want to of course! I definitely wanted to spread the word about your lovely blog because I love it :). Hope you're well xxx

  2. It looks great and I love the fabric! I found that the armholes were way too small as well! Maybe Gertie has tiny arms...