Butterick 5497 & Jalie 2794

Hello? Is anyone still here? I’ve been pretty quiet for a while, but I promise that there has been sewing going on around here. In fact, I’ve got two, yes two finished projects! ๐Ÿ™‚

Well, I suppose that’s not *quite* true…the Jalie needs a double needle hem job, otherwise they are complete finished. I’ll admit that I was kind of nervous about putting another double needle in my machine though, after having some serious sewing machine drama while trying to hem the Jalie blouse. When I used it on the Butterick one though, I had no problems, so it must have been a slightly bent needle or something. OK, I’m positive that’s what the problem was, even the Jalie’s mesh fabric went like a lamb with the new needle. ๐Ÿ™‚

I made a sheer version of the famous Jalie sweetheart tee. I kind of thought that my last one was a bit on the tight side for my comfort–it was OK, but I get a bit paranoid about things pulling over my stomach. This one though is a bit on the loose side. ๐Ÿ˜• We’ll have to see what happens when I wash it because *gasp* I didn’t bother to prewash the fabric. I know, I know, I’m such a rebel. I’m planning to wear it with a cream colored cami underneath, but I could probably get a black one too, just to change it up a bit.

The second blouse is a long sleeved version of 5497. I’ve made the sexy version before, so I knew that a 12 would work fine even without an FBA (though I really should have added an extra inch to the bottom of the upper bodice for more space for the boobies.) It went together surprisingly fast, especially compared to the more risque version, which has a couple of quirks that make it seem to take forever. I did have a couple of notes though, in case someone else plans to make this up in the long sleeve version.

  • The sleeves end at an awkward length–this is unavoidable because of the width of fabric limitations. I think they might call them ‘bracelet’ length, but I call them too short. I hacked off 3″ and did a 1″ hem, and kind of wish I’d have removed an extra inch. So just measure carefully to see how that will work for you before you cut.
  • The end of the sleeves using the 5/8″ seam allowances get pretty snug, and my forearms are like tiny little toothpick arms. So be aware of that if you like to push your sleeves up. (Obviously this will work differently if you have a knit with 4 way stretch, mine didn’t).
  • I read several reviews of this view that weren’t very kind to the pattern. I didn’t have any of those same issues, BUT I used a thin rayon jersey. I wouldn’t recommending using a heavier fabric than that. It doesn’t need to be tissue weight, but it needs to be fairly thin and have excellent drape. It also needs to take well to pressing (mine doesn’t) so that it gets a nice finish.

Overall, this blouse was well out of my comfort zone with the funky sleeves, but honestly? I kind of like them. Though I’m not sure if they do my upper body any favors…hubby likes it though, so I’m going to count it as a success. He’s not a fashionista or anything, but if he’s willing to be seen with me while wearing it, I figure it can’t be too bad. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I’ve got my little (sick ๐Ÿ˜ฆ ) helper holding the sleeve.

Back view.

I’m not really sure how you wear sleeves like that under a jacket, but I guess I’ll figure that out when I get there. ๐Ÿ™‚

Anyway, I suppose I should get back to cleaning up the mess from my son being sick last night. I’ve been trying to get all the sheets/towels/clothes washed after a couple of puking accidents. At least he’s over that now, so all that’s left is the aftermath. Wish me luck!


7 thoughts on “Butterick 5497 & Jalie 2794

  1. Poor little guy! Tummy bugs are the worst. Fingers crossed you don’t catch it too. In my house, it’s usually me who gets all the Noroviruses and everyone else is fine.
    Both knit tops look nice. I love a good knit top, easy to wash, easy to wear. And these look fashionable to boot!


    • Thanks! I’ve been trying to come up with a kind of plan to make myself look a bit more fashionable. Some of these changes aren’t quite inside my comfort zone of t-shirts and jeans, but I am starting to get sick of being trapped inside my self made box.

      Tummy bugs are definitely no fun, and yeah, I’m usually the one to get them too–but only after everyone else has gotten them. It’s like my body holds out while I take care of everyone else, and then crumble afterwards.


  2. More sewing than I have done, that’s for sure. I love the fabric for both tops. The colour on 5487 is really lovely, the drape suits all those gathers.
    I am glad to hear your son is largely out of the woods, it’s not fun being sick (or cleaning up after it!).


    • Thanks! The teal of the Butterick blouse is my favorite of the two, it’s even got some little silver sparkles in it, so I was slightly nervous when I started cutting into it to make that blouse in case it didn’t work. The mesh is cool, but I wasn’t sure how to make it work, so hopefully this will be something I reach for regularly instead of always being concerned about it being “inappropriate” for whatever I’m planning to wear it for.

      And thanks for the well wishes for my son. ๐Ÿ™‚ He seems to be fine now, so he’ll be back in school tomorrow. Hopefully that’s the end of it, and it doesn’t come back.


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