"Thank you!" I replied. I don't care what he meant; I certainly don't mind being compared to a strong, intelligent woman! And I certainly don't mind drawing attention to a top I'm wearing, especially if it was sewn by moi :-)
Butterick 6490, a fairly new release. If I remember correctly, it was released soon after I posted my review for my Vogue 8907 cape sleeve top (which I love, love, love!)
Chico's top I had been eyeing, but I'd much rather sew one myself so I can be sure it will fit in the bust.
Speaking of fit, the pattern is described as close-fitting, and based on the finished bust measurement, I knew I would need an FBA (full bust adjustment). Instead of sewing the dart I added to the pattern, I did small gathers along the side. However, I found myself tugging this top down as I wore it, which tells me I need more room in the bust. I'll do a larger FBA next time around (oh yea, there WILL be another version of this top!)
But look at how the cape fans out!
Because of the large cape, the top requires about 2-1/2 yards of fabric. The fabric I used is from Fabric Mart Fabrics. It's a lovely blue shimmer jersey knit with silver metallic threads. It appears to be sold out but any moderate (35% stretch) knit will do.
The cape has a center back seam and is finished with a narrow hem on all edges. From the back it does look like you're wearing a cape. When you're not twirling that is :-)
The instructions call for both the sleeves and neck edge to be finished by turning to the wrong side and stitching in place. I finished the sleeve openings that way, but added a narrow binding to the neckline.
I'm really pleased with how this turned out. It's fun, it's unique, and I can't wait to sew myself another one. Right after I sew one for my sister that is!