If you open the pages of the latest Sew News, you’ll see one of my favorite projects of 2010… Butterick 5217 (modified). Because reviewing this pattern (and the modifications I made) would have ‘given away’ the article, I decided not to put up a post about it. However, since the issue is out, let me at it!
Let me start off by saying that I didn’t follow the directions entirely – I made several changes to the pattern: modifying the fabric and cutting, using french seams, binding the neckline, etc. (the article goes more into detail as to the modifications and how to replicate them yourself). However, from what I did read, they were easy to follow. The fit on this pattern is loose and very tunic-y, so watch your fabric choice: pick material that is fluid and lighter-weight, using something that is too stiff or thick will give you a maternity top appearance. If you’re hoping for a more ‘tailored’ (slimmer?) tunic look, make sure you take in the sides of the bodice instead of going down a size or two in the pattern itself. I found that the yoke fits perfectly and ‘flares’ out from there.
With that said, I can’t wait to see everyone’s versions of this pattern and how it worked for you!