Butterick 6064 by KAtheRine Tilton

Butterick 6064 by KAtheRine Tilton

I am drawn to patterns that have unusual design lines. I find most of the patterns by Marcy Tilton and her sister, Katherine Tilton to have something different, yet they look very comfortable.  I am working on getting the proper fit in my me-made clothes. Craftsy classes are helping me by learning how to draft my own pattern blocks, but it is a slow and long process.

To feel like I am accomplishing something, I chose to make this pattern as it is basically a large rectangle with armholes and two buttonholes. The interesting part is the mitered corners that provide a self facing and give some weight to the drape of the item. I chose to interface the borders for extra weight.

I chose 100% linen which I washed and dried to avoid shrinkage. It turned out so soft and comfortable. I found this a little hard to drape around the neck, so spent lots of time in front of the mirror! The Striped Linen was made in Size Medium, and the Blue in Small.

When my friend, Deb tried it on, I realized that it looked much better on her! She suggested that the next one should be in a smaller size. I still find this one very comfortable, but she was right--the next size down fits me better. I've received compliments from strangers when I wear these.

The next one I made was in a synthetic collection that had a creased texture and a little shine. It was in my favorite steel blue color and had coordinating flowered brocade. I used French seams inside and again, interfaced the borders. There is a band that is sewn along the upper shoulders attaching to the armholes in the back to provide some structure to the rectangle so that it stays put.

I love the pleat on the pocket, another detail that makes these patterns unique.

I feel elegant in this vest, and plan on taking it on our first River Cruise in the fall. It folds and rolls up nicely and doesn't hold creases.







The pants are from my custom pattern drafted by Kathy Ruddy, another designer and sewing mentor.  I put pockets in these scuba knit pants, just the way Kathy shows on her Craftsy course, One Pant, Many Looks and there is an elastic waistband that doesn't look gathered. It was easy to do, and looks very flat. I've resisted scuba knits, as I find them cool to the touch, but these are both comfortable and fit very well. I made another pair in a brown polyester/wool stretch knit. I have to make some tops to match and then I will post those. 

I'd love to hear what you think! Please leave a comment below.
 





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