Thursday, June 18, 2015

Butterick 6215 Tunic - Beating the heat!


Good morning, friends. What a hot summer! I'm so spoiled. Living between the ocean and the Everglades, I almost always have a nice breeze that is cooled by having passed over water. Humid, yes, but seldom above 90 degrees. But June has been hot! Time to pull out all stops and find something cool to wear...that's also age appropriate and doesn't scare off the lizards.

Butterick 6215 is a very new pattern, I haven't seen it reviewed at all. Well, it's an old pattern number that's been re-cycled. It's cute! and definitely loose and cool.


I'm kind of attracted to hi-low hems this summer, don't know why. In the past I've redrafted them to be even. Now I really like them. View A, the one worn by the model, grabbed my attention right away. How nice are those cap sleeves. Bonus - the pattern also has sleeves. 

Here's my first version, View A:


Unfortunately, cute as they are, the cap sleeves won't work for me right now. And I want to wear this right now! But I wanted to show these pics because View A is so pretty. 

Next, I tried using the sleeves from View B, thinking to do them at elbow length. They were easy to attach, as they are basically a tube. But they're not at all comfortable. I could hardly raise my arms. No pic of this little disaster.

On to plan C. I pulled out my Scout Tee pattern, that I redrafted in March, and used it to alter this top. I just put the top on the floor, all flattened out, and cut armscyes using the Scout pieces. And then I used the Scout sleeves as well. Just right. 


A few more sewing notes:
  • My fabric is from the Robert Kaufman London Calling 4 Lawn collection. So smooth and light. I grabbed this print, and one more, from a Hancocks of Paducah online sale, at $3.99/yard. wow. I'm going to keep looking on their site all summer for more from this collection.
  • I used size Medium (12-14) and really like the fit. 
  • I lowered the front to ensure it would go past the crotch/leg join. To do this, I just brought the CF line down 1 3/4" and redrew the curve to each side. Since the front is cut on the fold, the change was easy to do. 
  • Something new for me: I used my serger to do the ruffle! I don't know why I haven't done this before. But with about 3 yards of fabric to be gathered and sewn on, I was really looking for an easy out. It was a piece of cake! I had the ruffle done and attached in about 5 minutes.


  • And I just turned up the serged hem about 3/8", to finish it off. Easy peasy.
  • Interestingly, the pattern instructions suggest French seams and give instructions on doing them. Which I ignored and just serged/cut my seam allowances together at 3/8". 


  • One last note: the pattern has facings for the front and back necklines. Love love. No V-neck binding woes on this one. I topstitched the front neckline about 1/4" from the edge, and topstitched the back along the edge of the facing. So no fly-away facings...

On to other sewing stuff excitement - I got an SA (seam allowance) Curve from Clair Cochran's Etsy shop. It comes in 3/8", 1/2" (my choice), and 5/8" versions. How nice is this, for drawing seam allowances on down-loaded patterns that need them. BurdaStyle, Marfy, lots of Indie patterns...



It feels so good to be sewing again with a light heart. 


Ciao! Coco

31 comments:

  1. The top looks so comfortable and I am a tunic kinda girl too! I don't know how I missed seeing this.

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    1. Thanks, Sabrina. It is super comfortable!

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  2. I can see this definitely goes in the SUCCESS column!

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  3. You really made me want to get #6215. I love how elegantly comfortable it looks on you.

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  4. I'd looked at that pattern only last week and thought it looked less than appealling. Now I want to make it in Liberty Lawn. I love your version...so stylish!

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    1. Thank you! I know what you mean...the envelope doesn't really do much.

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  5. Totally you and totally cute. I am over here sewing for the dry heat, and grateful for AC. 110plus lately-my eyeballs are hot

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    1. Thanks, Mary. Oh, the AZ heat - I remember working in Phoenix and thinking it had to be a mistake...

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  6. Very nice, I don't know how you tolerate that kind of heat love the hats too did you make them?

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    1. Thanks, Louise. The hats - from CVS Pharmacy! They usually have them in the summer, I have a collection now.

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  7. I truly like this top! Looks cool and comfortable.

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    1. Thanks, Linda. The top is better than pajamas!

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  8. Very cool and breezy. I haven't seen this pattern before. It has a definitely got a Tina Givens vibe about it!

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    1. I agree, Valerie. Like TG but with less than 5 yards!

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  9. Very cute tops...I want that pattern too and your hats...soooo cute!!!

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    1. I think it would be great on you. and the hats - from my pharmacy!

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  10. It must be so hot and humid there, but you always look so cool and comfortable. I like those white pants, too. Do you happen to have a pattern number handy for those, too?

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    1. Thanks so much. The pants are V8584 loose leg pants, made at a capri length in a rayon/linen blend. Fast and easy pattern.

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  11. And you're looking happier too. Cute top that will keep you cool but covered - great.

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  12. Oh that London Calling lawn is wonderful isn't it? I have a fair amount of summer tops made out of it. Most recent, one of the Mississippi Ave dresses and the yoke on the Decades of Style dress. Even to on sale it is a good price point. Your top is marvelous. Great ruffle!

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    1. Thanks, Theresa. I think it will be a lawn summer. The fabric is so nice. Couldn't believe the price.

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  13. Love your top with both pants! Looking very summery!

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  14. I love your top! I just bought the pattern today. By the way, I live in Florida City, near Robert is Here Fruit stand. Where are you?

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I love it that you came by...and thank you for your comments! Coco