Sunday, July 02, 2006

Retro Betsey Johnson Butterick Pattern 6530

Sometimes a 30-year old pattern can look look as stylish today as it did when it was first released. I think that's the case with this one. It is pattern number 6530, a design by Betsey Johnson released by Butterick in the early or mid-70's. I purchased this one off of eBay a few years ago and put it away in my pattern collection. While I do enjoy building my pattern collection, I also actually sew some of them, so it doesn't matter to me if the pattern pieces have been cut. This pattern had been cut and the pattern envelope is pretty brittle, but all of the pattern pieces are there. I had a picked up a unique knit piece at a fabric warehouse that I thought would be perfect for this top and skirt, however, I decided to make a wearable muslin first out of a knit fabric that I didn't like as much. I hate it when I sew what I think it going to be the perfect pattern and fabric combination, only to not like the fit of the pattern! I especially wanted to check out the gathered sleeves on this pattern since I thought they might be too much for today's fashion.

I did do a slight FBA to the top, adding some additional fullness to the side seam. In hindsight, it probably wasn't needed since the white knit has so much give to it. I eliminated the back zipper also. The scoop neckline has a small key hole opening with a a small sewn-in casing with drawstring tie - the tie is more decorative than functional. The sleeves have an almost unnoticable design detail to them - they are shaped into points at the hem - the point sits about halfway over the back of my hand. Cool - kind of Renaissance detail.

I did sew the sleeves in exactly as designed and sure enough, there was too much gathers at the sleeve cap. Being the lazy sewer than I am (at times) rather than remove the sleeve and redraw the sleeve cap, I unstitched the upper part of the sleeve, cut off some of the sleeve cap, regathered it and resewed it on. The gathers are a little wonky because of that, but hey, it's a muslin right? Pin It

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