Pairing my third Concord T-Shirt with a Butterick Skirt in an Alison Glass Silhouette Lawn makes me so happy. The magenta lawn is practically the same color as the Concord T-Shirt I had already made out of Rayon/Lycra in Wine.
When I saw the dresses in Alison Glass Silhouette Lawns popping up on Instagram, I knew I had to have one. However, I have ‘enough’ dresses. So, I decided to make Butterick 5756 out of the Magenta Silhouette Lawn. To be more precise, I decided Bonnie, our seamstress, should make it for me, because I didn’t have time. Yay for me!
Butterick 5756 Review
Butterick 5756 is a gathered, lined skirt with a wide waistband. Bonnie made it in a size 20 waistband and a size 18 skirt. She decided not to line the skirt. Even though the fabric is almost translucent, there is so much fabric in the skirt that the skirt is not see-through. Also, adding a lining would have added way too much fabric to an already-voluminous skirt. Bonnie and I both think the skirt is very flattering because the yoke lays flat against the stomach. The only thing Bonnie didn’t like about the pattern was the front center seam on the skirt.
Concord T-Shirt Review
For this iteration of the Cashmerette Concord T-Shirt, I made the scoop-neck, long-sleeved, straight-hemmed version. It fits so well! I only had to lengthen the sleeves a few inches. I think I made a size 14 G/H. Jenny Rushmore loves negative bust ease in her knits, meaning the amount of fabric around the bust is smaller than the bust measurement. I don’t like THAT much ease, especially in a light-weight knit like this one, so I sized up a little. Jenny includes the finished garment measurements on the envelope, which makes it easy to choose a size based on your garment-tightness preferences.
I made the entire T-shirt on the sewing machine using a zig-zag stitch. The fabric is lightweight and a little slippery, so I used a walking foot to assure both layers went through the machine at the same rate. The instructions in the booklet are great, and Jenny has photo tutorials on her website as well. As someone who ‘always’ does a full-bust adjustment, I love being able to cut out this pattern and sew it up without fussing with the fit.
Concord T-Shirt with a Butterick Skirt Conclusions
A gathered, swishy skirt made of a beautiful cotton lawn is not my usual style, but I love this skirt. So much. I feel fancy and well-dressed in it, even with a ‘just’ a T-shirt on top. If you stay away from gathered skirts in order to avoid the extra volume on your lower half, this is a great pattern because of the wide yoke. And Alison Glass’s lightweight border prints are the perfect fabrics.