Thursday, March 24, 2011
Recently I made the Amy Butler "Liverpool" using some Soul Blossoms for a shop sample. I love the pattern! (I made the tunic-length with the elbow sleeves). I didn't completely keep track of my time, but I know I spent a couple of hours cutting and about 5-6 hours sewing. You could finish in one day if you didn't have anything else to work on.
My daughter Chelsi agreed to model for me...see this look on her face...this is sooo her! Anyway, on with the pattern review. First of all, I think the pattern runs a bit small, so double check your measurements. I normally wear a size 8, so I made the Medium (8-10)...and it's just a bit small for me to wear as a shirt. It looks great as a jacket over a thin t-shirt, though, so I'll definitely be getting some great use out of it. (When I make the next one I will probably make the Large and then take it in just a bit in the side seams if I need to). Chelsi is about a size 5, and the Medium fits her great.
I love the style of the pattern. Amy thinks of every detail; the construction and finishing are very professional. Every seam is finished, and I love the french seam up the back (great directions for this, by the way). There are quite a few darts--8 in all--and they do take a little time to put in, but again, the directions are terrific.
I love the ties in the back--they allow you to get a great fit. I made the elbow length sleeve but didn't turn up the cuff. Next time I might try the 3/4 length sleeve with the button cuff. I was afraid of the sleeve being too long so went with this option first, but to turn up the cuff on this version would make it a little shorter than I wanted. The only directions I can complain about are the collar directions. It's not that there is anything wrong with the diagrams or directions--it's just that I think there could have been more directions to make it more clear. I ended up doing a little research in one of my old sewing books before finishing up the collar. I also trimmed the interior of the collar and collar stand sections a lot to remove bulk.
I'm excited to try other Amy Butler sewing patterns now that I've made this--I'm just really pleased with the professional results. If you have any questions about the pattern that I didn't address, feel free to e-mail me!