Butterick 5562: Ruched Sleeve Knit Top

4 Feb

After completing the Trina Turk dress I still had red thread on the serger. I pulled out Butterick 5562 from the stash and a red bamboo knit from Fashionmart.  I know. TWO non Burda patterns in a row! I always forget that I have an actual stash of Big 4 patterns :) Oh, and my point and shoot camera HATES red.

The reviews on PR noted that the shirt was generally big. The pattern runs XS-S-M.  I originally planned to make a medium. But, after checking the finished measurements, I decided to go with a SMEDium. Small in the shoulders, medium around the bust, small at the waist and medium through the hips. That and a FBA gave me a terrific fit.

Again, I made a dartless FBA with 3/4 inch in width added at the bust point and 2 inches in length added below the bust point. The two inches was over kill, one would have been fine. I also made a one inch swayback adjustment (hence the seam up the back).

I first thought the sleeves were pleated (a very Burda technique). But, it is in fact all done with gathering and elastic. I used clear elastic for the vertical gathers.

The pattern has you set in the sleeve. But, I ease stitched it with mixed results. You can see some parts didn’t ease as evenly as others. Not enough to bother me though!

The knit is drapey and about two years old (back in my ‘I need more solid colors’ phase). It was only well after I’d cut out the pattern that I realized I hadn’t pre-treated. I’ m sure it’ll wash fine though.

Other notes? I used bias knit interfacing in the neck and hemline. I just turned those down and top stitched with a twin needle. I didn’t bother hemming the sleeves. The shirt is long. But, I like that! No back crack :)

That’s it. I made this Friday night between washing and twisting my hair. Red is such a good color for me, but after pledging in college I stopped wearing it as often (my sorority colors were not red).

My jeans are Levis BTW. I wear 505 (Straight Leg “Straight and roomy through the seat, thigh and leg“),  512 (Perfectly Slimming “flattens your tummy with a hidden panel while it shapes and smoothes your curves”), and 529 (Curvy Boot Cut “stretch fit that flatters, with a rise that contours to your every curve”). These work really really well for me. Smaller waist, larger hips, deep curve for the posterior. And, I can get a pretty good price for them on sale at Macy’s. I’ve also gotten to the point that I buy multiple pairs of them at a time. Actually, I try on jeans, find a good pair, then email Trena. Same shape, I’m just three times as big :)

I have one last red dress cut out to be sewn. Hopefully to be worn to work on Valentine’s Day and another to be work for Valentine’s dinner.

My Pattern Review is here

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49 Responses to “Butterick 5562: Ruched Sleeve Knit Top”

  1. Jody February 4, 2012 at 14:47 #

    Absolutely gorgeous (you and the top)! Great review. Thanks for the tips on jeans, too.

  2. Belle February 4, 2012 at 14:56 #

    Wow! This is a great-looking top and you look wonderful in red. I think I’ll have to try that pattern.

  3. Hannah Jean February 4, 2012 at 15:01 #

    That is a nice fit! Looks great on you.

  4. Carolyn February 4, 2012 at 15:04 #

    Cute top and you do look good in red!

  5. Peggy February 4, 2012 at 15:09 #

    Wow! Great looking top on you! You should wear red more often. Good review!

  6. Kate February 4, 2012 at 15:27 #

    Great top, I love it.

  7. BMGM February 4, 2012 at 15:29 #

    That’s a great-looking and inspirational top. You look so happy. Have a great Valentine’s date.

  8. Lena February 4, 2012 at 15:53 #

    Great top, suits you so well

  9. Lora February 4, 2012 at 16:13 #

    Great top and it looks great on you!

  10. themateriallady February 4, 2012 at 16:16 #

    Fabulous. Thats all. Just fabulous.

  11. ReRe February 4, 2012 at 16:31 #

    Lovely color on you. I can imagine how wonderful that bamboo knit feels. You are churning projects out quickly.

  12. some spots February 4, 2012 at 16:44 #

    Love your top! It’s really pretty and looks great on you.

  13. Ann February 4, 2012 at 16:44 #

    How did you know I was going to ask about your jeans? Psychic! The top looks great.

  14. Susan - Knitters Delight February 4, 2012 at 16:47 #

    Ok, so I know I already commented on PR, but you are rocking this t-shirt. I’m going to make one again, but try long sleeves and a similar fabric to yours! I am lovin’ how yours fits you.

  15. Nancy Karpen February 4, 2012 at 17:13 #

    It’s a great color on you regardless of how it photographs, as well as a great top. Enjoy!

  16. Karin February 4, 2012 at 17:19 #

    You look lovely! The style, colour and fit are all very flattering.

  17. patti February 4, 2012 at 17:48 #

    Beautiful! Looking forward to seeing the Valentine’s Day dress~

  18. CGCouture February 4, 2012 at 17:54 #

    That is the perfect shade of red. It looks great on you!

  19. Clio February 4, 2012 at 18:03 #

    Red is seriously your color! Great fit!

  20. kbenco February 4, 2012 at 18:26 #

    That is a terrific top on you. The ruched sleeve is a nice detail, and the colour is fantastic.

  21. Joyce in NC February 4, 2012 at 18:36 #

    I really like this top on you. The color and the fit works so well on you.

  22. prttynpnk February 4, 2012 at 18:49 #

    Ooh this I’d darling on you!

  23. Dalila February 4, 2012 at 19:18 #

    Great fitting job – this is really flattering on you. Nice work, C!

  24. Serenity February 4, 2012 at 21:27 #

    And what sorority is that, that would make you hate red? My sorority did the same with red…….? Might we be….. Sisters? I’m glad that little box on the side shows green…..

  25. Linda L February 4, 2012 at 23:07 #

    I really like the look of this top.

  26. Erica B February 5, 2012 at 01:09 #

    Really cute top! And red is your color!

  27. Jenny Crisp February 5, 2012 at 02:27 #

    Clever girl, the top is fabulous!

    Isn’t it amazing the way same color projects appear rather than change the serger thread?

  28. carol February 5, 2012 at 03:22 #

    This is a lovely colour on you and the top is gorgeous. I’ve hesitated at buying any of these gathered sleeves patterns but I think I will now I live in a colder climate. I really like this style. i don’t know what you’re doing, but keep doing it! You look more beautiful every time we see you.

  29. Pam February 5, 2012 at 04:43 #

    Wow! I love this one on you….great pick of fabric and color! I didn’t even notice how great this pattern was until now!

  30. Kelly February 5, 2012 at 05:45 #

    Hey, i knew that was B5562 that I spied in your Baltimore Fabric Crawl pics. I’m currently working on my own version in black in what is apparently the “B5562 Crawl”. The red looks fantastic on you.

  31. lisette February 5, 2012 at 07:40 #

    It looks as good in the pictures as it did in person!

  32. A Sewn Wardrobe February 5, 2012 at 08:23 #

    This pattern is next in my queue (after my current projects) so I was excited to see your review. I’m planing to make the same version. I’m thinking about drafting a new neckline because folks on Pattern Review thought the fold and sew finishing method was a little junky. But your version looks great.

    You look really nice in red; I can’t believe you used to eschew it!

  33. Rose K February 5, 2012 at 10:47 #

    You look gorgeous in that color! Great job on the top, too!

  34. Amyy February 5, 2012 at 13:01 #

    Oh, this is fun! And an elegant color. I love ruchy sleeve patterns.

  35. Barbara at Cat Fur Studio February 5, 2012 at 13:09 #

    You always look gorgeous, but you look particularly radiant in that beautiful job. Wonderful job, and perfect fit

  36. Lisa Penrice February 5, 2012 at 13:45 #

    Your top is lovely and you look gorgeous in this colour.

  37. Lisa Penrice February 5, 2012 at 13:48 #

    I also meant to add when you did your dartless FBA where did you rotate the dart ?

  38. jemmachan February 5, 2012 at 15:19 #

    Lovely, lovely, lovely!

  39. emadethis February 5, 2012 at 16:47 #


  40. migdalia February 5, 2012 at 19:33 #

    hermosa tu camiseta, y las mangas espectaculares. me encanta

  41. Dei February 5, 2012 at 20:25 #

    Fantastic top and love the color.

  42. Tia Dia February 6, 2012 at 12:20 #

    It’s beautiful! And the red is so pretty!

  43. poppykettle February 7, 2012 at 16:49 #

    I’m normally not a fan of the ruched sleeve, but you look positively smashing in yours. The colour is dreamy on you too!! Love it.

  44. Cheryl :) February 7, 2012 at 23:51 #

    Sweetie…. you look MARVELOUS in that top :) GOOD JOB :) It’s VERY flattering on you :) PS-The pants fit nicely too :)

  45. Rahshell D February 12, 2012 at 09:49 #

    Red is beautiful on you, I really love this top!

  46. Kim February 13, 2012 at 09:34 #

    I always enjoy seeing your completed sewing projects, and now I have yet another reason to be grateful for your blog. Your suggestion of the the Levi’s 529 jeans for curvy gals was spot on! I’ve been in desperate need of a new pair of jeans that would actually fit. Jean shopping is often such a depressing experience for me. I try on countless pairs — none of which look good — and then leave the store empty handed. But armed with your suggestion, I marched to Macy’s and tried on a pair of 529s, and within 20 minutes I was headed home with the perfect new pair of jeans. Thanks so much for the tip!

    • Miss Celie February 13, 2012 at 10:22 #

      That’s AWESOME! Yay! There is nothing like finding a pair of jeans that fit well!

  47. senaSews February 17, 2012 at 10:59 #

    Cute top. The color looks great on you!

  48. Melissa March 9, 2012 at 21:00 #

    I’ve been following your blog for a long time and really enjoy it. I don’t think I would have ever considered this pattern until I saw it on you. Just terrific ! Well I bought the pattern and made it up too ! I learned a lot and I’m so happy with the top. Thanks for the suggestion on the jeans too I’m going to give them a try.
    Melissa :)

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