Butterick 5816 No zippidee, lots of doodah.

It is hard to get dressed in the summer. The effort of layering leaves me numb and spent. I like easy flowy tops and a vague feeling of dress pants below. So I go on a floaty top sewing spree every July. I cut out 4 at Fathers today- to the accompaniment of a WW1 documentary.

Before that I revisited an old friend- Butterick 5816- OOP!


My other version is D- but I have a non-functional zipper aversion.Maybe it was too much time in the 80’s trying to look like Boogaloo Shrimp. Maybe I just hate metal near my skin- unless it’s this MCQueen dress that doubles as a nursing ensemble- which I think needs decorative zipper pulls-


This just seems uncomfortable and a potential tushy pincher!


I know it can be lovely, it’s just not for me.

So I edited the shoulder panels to skip it and added a row of decorative coral charms. Cuz I usually can use more charms than I naturally possess?!

This time I did not even think about it, I went right to the decorative trim along the seam and headed out to get some nicely over-expose pictures on the way to Fathers for lunch.


This landmark has been on my blog pic plan for a long time. Little did I know it was a Pokรฉmon stop and everyone would slow to a crawl as they passed it. No, that’s not intimidating or uncomfortable for this chubby introvert!


Usually I bring you nothing useful, I may break my streak here- I’ve discovered the joys of adding a little line of fusible webbing between facing and garment on back necklines, so I don’t end up with the back ‘walk of shame lobster bib’ hanging out of the back if I’m not careful.


This is one of the rare pieces of fabric I got a Hancock- usually I just pillaged the patterns and shopped at Fabricmart! Yesterday we hitched up the buggy and drove into the big city to go to the Jo Ann’s. Heart sinking. Not very excited by the fabric. Maybe it’s between seasons, maybe I’m just too weird!

Should you be totally enamored of this classic Anderson setting, enjoy this link to a free jigsaw puzzle of the property! http://www.jigidi.com/jigsaw-puzzle/GLXS0212/Rankin-s-Grocery-Anderson-SC


photo credits: pattern review, little me, pinterest. All images remain the property of their original owners.

19 thoughts on “Butterick 5816 No zippidee, lots of doodah.

  1. sewbussted says:

    I think the addition of zipper pulls would be perfect on that dress ๐Ÿ˜†
    Love the gas station pics, right out of Mayberry!!! And I think you have finally convinced me to buy that OOP top pattern. It keeps coming up on EBay. Why not? ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  2. idaaidasewing says:

    hahaha, how could you know it was a pokemon stop, unless you play the game too ๐Ÿ™‚ The top is so cute, like the fabric and also the photos!


  3. fabricfan says:

    i just picked up that pattern at the thrift store, it has a lot of potential. i think you look great in it. BTW, I have seen two of your dopple gangers lately.Same hair and love of clothes, so much fun.


  4. Agnes says:

    I hear you about the non-utilitarian zipper thing. I’ve made a Vogue/Tilton sisters top (V8793) that I love, but first time around I stuck religiously to the fabric/notions suggestions and I seldom wear the top now. It fits fine, I like the fabric, but every time I wear it my hair gets caught in the zipper teeth that adorn the otherwise lovely collar. It gives me flashbacks to 4th grade when I had to sit in front of Eddie O’Shea, who idled away the time plucking hairs from the back of my head. No surprise, he’s now a dentist.

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  5. *Anything* to stop a facing flipping. I stitch them down, use stitch witchery or wonder under….sometimes I bind instead—I understand the importance of the facing, but I feel it has serious flippin’ flaws in many cases……

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  6. Love the bird fabric and the casual summer top…charms? I don’t have any in my stash…I may just have to start collecting them…thanks Anne! What color is the fabric?


  7. We had a Pokemon living down our lane but some skater kids found it – they really need to get out more…!
    I’m planning an attack – a bunch of us adults stand around in impeccably hand sewn garments and cooo into our mobile telephones ; then we see how many stupid kids line up behind us. Adult wearing hand made clothes and the most kids lining up behind them wins. I think we need an app!

    Apart from that – your top is truly useful and I’m imagining the colour.

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  8. Love your top! I also have some of this fabric from Hancock and am planning to make a blouse too! All I could think of when I bought it was “Mine mine mine!” because of the seagulls from Nemo, hehe.


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