Butterick 4986, pullover tops in two lengths with a wrapped (twist) front, gathered sleeves and collar variations. Fabric suggestions are Georgette, stable knits, lightweight crepe, and faille. The pattern is rated easy.
Pattern Sizing:Available in (8-10-12-14) and (16-18-20-22)
Pattern instructions - easy to follow?
If you've sewn one of the five hundred million gazillion twist top patterns out there you already know how to do the wrap/twist front. If you only collect the patterns and haven't gotten around to actually sewing any of them, let me say that these instructions are very clear on how to construct the twist/wrap portion.
It is difficult to describe with words, as I proved to myself when trying to describe the technique to a co-worker - and I was actually wearing the top at the time which provided a great visual, but was still unable to describe it clearly. Fortunately, there are many illustrations included in the instructions to assist you with this step.
Before creating the twist/wrap, the lower front portion is hemmed in a narrow machine stitched hem, ending 9" from a marked circle. The marked circle is where you'll match your collar if you decide to add one. After twisting/wrapping and sewing the front piece together I sewed the shoulder seams but left the side seams open so I could sew the sleeve in flat.
Next, the collar is sewn on and the balance of the front edge is finished with a narrow hem.
As mentioned, I sewed the sleeves in flat and eased them in without gathering the cap. That's because I didn't realize the sleeve was supposed to have a slight gather. Because I was using a knit it worked out just fine. If you are using a woven you'll want to remember to gather the sleeve cap.
Hem the sleeves and bottom with a narrow machine hem and the top is done.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
- I not only collect almost every twist top pattern released but I manage to sew most of them, at least once.
- The open lower front portion - love that. It hides a tummy and when you sit at a desk for most of the work day the lower portion of the top remains loose and comfy.
- No FBA!!! Love, love, love that. Because sometimes I'm just plain lazy and I really like being able to just cut something out and sew it without having to make tons of pattern adjustments.
- What's not to like? It fits well; it's trendy; it's comfortable; no FBA required; the back is bias cut with a center back seam giving a nice shape; it's easy to sew.
A polyester, semi-sheer knit purchased from Fabric Mart Fabrics. It has a slightly raised stripe pattern which looks great with the bias cut back.
Did you make any mistakes?
Why yes I did!
- First, this was supposed to be for my daughter but I cut it out in my size. (Honey, I promise it was accidental!)
- Secondly, I cut the front one length and the back another length. (I thought of you Stacey and your upside down Halloween cutting extravaganza!)
It's a winner - a great addition to the twist top pattern collection.
Full review is here at Pattern review. (Which is basically what you just read here so I guess you don't really need the link there do you?) Pin It