Pattern Review: Butterick 6221

WARNING….Proceed at your own risk.  I take no responsibility for anyone harmed by reading this review.  This all started with a simple desire to make a simple summer top.  I came across the Butterick B6221 and loved the look so I thought I’d give it a go.  I’m always feeling some kind of way so I thought I take a lil creative license and flip the script…as they say.  Let me stop yakking and show you the pics.  I call this….My Frankenstein Jacket…read on and you’ll see why.





























Pattern Description:  Butterick B6221  View C – Modified

Fabric Used:  Colorful Cotton Blend from my stash.  Can’t remember where it came from but I had about 1.5 yards

Pattern Sizing:  I cut size “M” and added 2 inches in length

Did it look like the pattern once you were done sewing?  No because I only used the bodice of view C.  I did not make the contrast skirt bottom.

Were the instructions easy to follow?  Yes except my fabric was very soft and I did not like the way the interfacing looked on the finished garment.  It was too stiff – I should have used interfacing that was more appropriate for the fabric.  I didn’t have any at the time so I used what was in my stash.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?  I loved the concept and simplicity of the design – that said I think my fabric choice was a miss.  When I finished the top I did not like the square neckline or the sleeves.  Everything just hung on me like a potato sack which was the point but I needed a more fitted design.  Sooooooo – I whipped out my scissors and cut the finished top right up the middle.  I figured I would turn it into a little jacket.  Since the fabric was very light weight I gave it a bit substance by making by own trim from fabric scraps to front to cover up the opening I created and around the sleeves to balance the look.  I ironed a piece of fabric stabilizer on the inside of the front of the jacket so that the weight of the trim would not cause the jacket to sag or flap around.  I couldn’t leave well enough alone so I top stitched the binding with red thread.  Don’t ask me why…I was on a roll.  🙂  The jacket still needed a bit of oomph so I bedazzled it with some gold circle studs (a gift from my glam fairies) added a snap right behind the stud so I could wear it open or closed.  I completed the casual look with a black top, pair of white jeans and a pair of red/tan heels.  You can find them on my IG page…they are super cute.

Would you sew it again?  I couldn’t if I tried – this is a one of a kind….never to be duplicated.  But I did have fun although there was a lot of swearing going on.  I will definitely give the pattern another try because I think view C without modification is the “bizzness” I just need to find the right fabric.

Would you recommend it to others?  Sure…why not!

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Venita Elaine