The neckline of Katherine Tilton’s Butterick 5891 is my current favorite. It has just enough more fashion to be unique!
The (very) short and A-lined bodice of the top is, however, well, too short and too A-lined. Even after lengthening it several inches in this top and this top, I felt the need for a a “more vertically oriented” bodice.
The decision was to attempt to “Frankenpattern” the neckline and shoulders of Butterick 5891 and the length and width of Vogue 8854.
I selected a stretch striped shirting fabric, in stark white with grey and black. I had about 3 yards which would allow for limited redos, should any recutting be required.
The Tilton top is asymmetrical, both fronts and backs. After a few hours spent deciding how best to approach the puzzle, matching center fronts and bust points seemed the best way to meld the two patterns. I also added 2″ to the side seams to ensure “verticality” did not equate “too tight.”
The contrast fabric required purchase. The Stash has several whites that I thought would work – but they were warm whites – and looked ecru next to the stark white of the stripe. The contrast has a narrow shadow stripe.
It took several fittings to arrive at the final side seams. The 2″ additions to the side seams were eventually cut away. If I were to resew this combination again – and I probably will, I would move the back seam to the center and add some shaping there.
The curved hems of the Vogue pattern were too long, so they were re-cut as straight, although the front and back remained at different lengths. The hems and fronts were faced with the contrast fabric as the stripe showed through.
The top is extremely comfortable – owing to the great armholes and neckline of Tilton pattern.
It is long enough and narrower enough to wear with knee length leggings – perfect for a cooler fall day!