Butterflies in the Sunshine. Photo credit: Nicholas Dent

Pattern:  Butterick 5721, View D, Size 22

Machines: Janome 2160QDC & Elna 744 Overlocker

Fabric: Quilting cotton, Telas x Kilo Santiago (2009)

As usual, I start a project then get bored and drift off to do something else, but another few spring like days last week got me back to work on this shirt. I bought the fabric on my first ever trip to Rosas, an IAC tour group trip.  I hadn’t realised what Santiago had to offer until then, and boy have I made a lot of return trips since!


I am loving the shirt tail hem. Photo credit: Nicholas Dent

I was saving the fabric for the right pattern, and I’m so glad that I didn’t decide to use it for the disastrous potato sack that was Butterick 5538.

As usual I’ve added a few of my own touches, like a different fabric for the facings, yoke lining and collar stand.  It is in fact the ill fated stripe from the potato sack, I thought it was different enough but would still coordinate with the butterflies.


Contrast facing, and collar stand.

I think if I used this pattern again I would use the pattern pieces for DD instead of DDD cup, particularly with the gathered front. I really should have reduced the side fronts a bit, but I had overlocked the princess seams and I decided life is too short.  This top may need a padded bra, which isn’t something I usually have to choose!

I made my usual bicep adjustment adding in 6cm, and the sleeves fit really well. They are a perfect elbow length as well, quite flattering for my shape I think.

I will fdefinitely make another shirt from this pattern, quick and easy to put together, well drafted, and a good fit through the torso.  Very happy with my new shirt.

Not so sure about my staff photographer!


Oh that’s right, Nico, catch me when I’m being silly! Photo credit: Nicholas Dent


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