39 Responses to “Completed: Kitty Rayon Butterick 5526”

  1. Michelle December 22, 2016 at 10:00 am #

    Beautiful work! I always find it interesting to see what patterns people like to make over and over, and I never mind seeing repeats or variations, probably because I do the same thing myself. The same pattern has so many possibilities! I’ve enjoyed your blog and have learned so much from you. Thank you!

    • LLADYBIRD December 22, 2016 at 10:25 am #

      Thank you so much! I also find it interesting to see what other people make over and over – especially when they are tweaking fit and using different fabrics. I’m glad to hear you find it interesting too, since that’s about the bulk of what I post these days haha

  2. natalieteodori December 22, 2016 at 10:16 am #

    I actually really enjoy seeing all your variations on this pattern. It’s nice to see how you can use the same pattern with different fabric and styling! Thanks for sharing:)

    • LLADYBIRD December 22, 2016 at 10:26 am #

      Thank you! I’m glad you like it ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Inclement December 22, 2016 at 10:16 am #

    My cat is next to me purring loudly, and *of course* it’s because I showed this to him. ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜€

    • LLADYBIRD December 22, 2016 at 10:26 am #

      Of course! Kitty knows what’s up ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Becky Thompson December 22, 2016 at 10:17 am #

    That blouse is adorable. I love those cats and wish my mom lived closer so I could make her one – she’s not a standard size but she’d wear it until it fell apart.
    I was thinking about you yesterday. Not sure if I told you but I work for the US Air Force and in my inbox yesterday was a travel warning for Egypt and surrounding areas for US personnel. My heart fell into my stomach with worry about you. That area of the world is a hotbed of terrorism now and while natives may be able to hide their Christianity, you my dear infidel will stick out like sore thumb and it’s simply not safe for you over there. I told my boss about your trip and he said, “Oh, I wouldn’t be doing that.” A lack of a refund is not worth the unthinkable. I highly recommend you cancel your trip. Please. We don’t get those notices often, but when we do, the situation is serious.

    • LLADYBIRD December 22, 2016 at 10:32 am #

      I appreciate your concern, but if I end up cancelling my trip, it won’t be until the last possible minute (I do have trip insurance, which covers cancellation right before and also during – if that makes you feel any better). It looks like the places where I’ll be are not as high of a risk – for example, I am not going to Sinai – and I did book through a travel agency located in Egypt. I’ll keep watching and see what happens between now and then. There’s still a little less than a month out, and a lot can change in that time. I also have some (American women) friends who live over there, so I’ll see what they have to say about it as well.

  5. Jane December 22, 2016 at 10:25 am #

    Do you french your princess seams? (Weird to be using “french” as a verb…) I tried frenching a set-in sleeve once and the tucks that resulted were so bad that it scared me away from french seaming curves forever.

    • LLADYBIRD December 22, 2016 at 10:33 am #

      I haven’t had any trouble with using French seams on princess or arm hole seams. You have to be really careful about pressing them so you don’t get the tucks, but it’s totally doable ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Aubrey (@alwaysaubrey) December 22, 2016 at 10:33 am #

    LOVE THIS for obvious reasons. I also think you did right by letting the fabric take center stage, and with a black bow tied under the collar you could even jazz it up real fancy. xoxo

    • LLADYBIRD December 22, 2016 at 11:34 am #

      Ohhhh that’s a super cute idea!

  7. Thays Dos Santos December 22, 2016 at 10:46 am #

    Your shirt is so cute! Love all the cats โค
    Happy holidays,


  8. heather December 22, 2016 at 11:12 am #

    love your blouse & awesome fabric! have a sweet holiday season! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • LLADYBIRD December 22, 2016 at 11:35 am #

      Thank you! Happy holidays to you as well ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Becky December 22, 2016 at 11:30 am #

    Lauren, this is too cute! I love it. The print and the fit. I have a question about this pattern. I read a review that says it runs small. Did you find that to be true? I am on the edge of ordering a larger size if it runs small. All of your renditions of this are fabulous, so I am sold on this pattern.

    • LLADYBIRD December 22, 2016 at 11:44 am #

      Honestly, I don’t pay any attention to the pattern sizing because I find it to be WAY off base. I go by the finished measurements, which usually puts me anywhere from 1-4 sizes down from what the envelope suggests. I think I’m “supposed” to be a size 10 based on my measurements, but I made a size 6 of this pattern and you can see how it fits.

  10. Beth December 22, 2016 at 12:05 pm #

    Vintage couture — in one (almost/very nearly/just about…. ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) flat-felled swoop! Merriest of Christmases to you and yours, Lauren!

    • LLADYBIRD December 26, 2016 at 9:28 am #

      Thank you! Merry Christmas to you too ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. MrsRachelLang December 22, 2016 at 12:10 pm #

    Dang this is cute. I’m glad you like this pattern so much, I am just starting to cut a flannel shirt from it and I was hoping it would sew up well. I feel confident it will be awesome now, so thanks!

    • LLADYBIRD December 26, 2016 at 9:29 am #

      You are welcome! I personally LOVE this pattern, and I hope it treats you as well as it’s treated me ๐Ÿ˜€

  12. qplourde December 22, 2016 at 1:18 pm #

    I love that fabric! Rayon is great, has such a great feel to the finished garment. The seams on the front look really great. I like the idea of doing the french seams and then top stitching for a flat felled look. I may have to try this as I really like how this looks. Great work!

    • LLADYBIRD December 26, 2016 at 9:29 am #

      Thank you! It was experiment to do the seams that way, and i”m happy with how they turned out – and also how much easier they were to sew!

  13. Kelly December 22, 2016 at 1:30 pm #

    It’s perfect!! Love the kitties, and that you just keep on using this pattern. It works for you. I live in SF, but have never actually bought anything at Britex, it’s just so expensive! Even $18/yd feels like too much. It’s so fun to browse, though!

    • LLADYBIRD December 26, 2016 at 9:31 am #

      Haha well I regularly pay $14-$16 a yard for fabric on average, so $18 is not very expensive to me – especially if I only need a small amount. But some of those other prices made me go o_O hahaha! I’m not opposed to spending a lot on a really awesome piece of fabric, but it does have to be preeeeetty freaking awesome haha

  14. KS_Sews December 22, 2016 at 3:30 pm #

    “So obviously I HAULED ASS over there…”

    As one does… ๐Ÿ™‚

    Cute shirt. As much as I love diving into my massive (650 and counting) pattern stash or digging through Burda, I love, love, love my TNT shirt (and pants pattern). Just let me sew! Taking all that extra out can be so satisfying. And the best way to use fabric that you’re extra sweet on.

  15. Lisa Poblenz (patternandbranch) December 23, 2016 at 5:50 am #

    This is a super cool shirt and I’m not sick of hearing about that pattern. I really like seeing your projects whether you’ve made the pattern before or not.Each one looks different. This fabric and the buttons are really awesome.

  16. PsychicKathleen December 23, 2016 at 8:59 am #

    Love your blouse Lauren! I actually have so many negative experiences with rayon I’m swearing off it forever. I don’t like how it wiggles around (and silk in my opinion is much easier, stronger and resilient) and washes up usually like a rag. It’s possible I haven’t been using the best on the market but it definitely wasn’t cheap. I know you can buy lovely and truly vibrant prints in it (which is how I was lured in) but honestly it’s a real pain to sew and care for so hats off to you for making such a detailed top with french seams and top stitching no less!

    • LLADYBIRD December 26, 2016 at 9:35 am #

      Haha I know what you mean about it being wiggly, but I will say if you shake the wet garment post-washing and don’t put it in the dryer (which you shouldn’t do anyway, since the heat will break down the fibers over time), rayon has a nice slightly-rumpled, lived-in/worn-in look. It does become a giant wadded rag of sadness if it goes in the dryer, though!

  17. Mertxe December 26, 2016 at 3:35 am #

    Hello Lauren! Cute blouse again! Those princess seams rock it! I just made myself a princess-seamed dress, which could evolve into a blouse, as well as your blouse could evolve into a dress, of course. Regarding your trip, I live near Barcelona, so if you are stopping near here, let me know!

    • LLADYBIRD December 26, 2016 at 9:36 am #

      I won’t be going anywhere except Egypt (and Istanbul, well, for my layover haha) for this trip, but Barcelona IS on my list of places I’d like to visit someday! I will let you know when I make it over there ๐Ÿ˜€

  18. Jonathan Caswell February 16, 2017 at 2:57 pm #

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  19. Linda Sjรถstrand August 16, 2017 at 9:34 am #

    Hi! I’m about to buy this pattern and I’m wondering what fitting adjustments you’ve made. I scrolled through all your posts about this pattern and all I could find was that you adjusted the sleeve length and reduced the sleeve cap. Is that right? If you remember, could you describe how you altered the sleeve cap? (You linked to some method by Casey but the link doesn’t work anymore). I’d be super grateful!

    • LLADYBIRD August 16, 2017 at 9:38 am #

      Hello! It has been a loong time since I first whacked into the pattern, so I honestly don’t remember the adjustments that I made. I do know that I lengthened the sleeve and adjusted the sleeve cap, and also shortened the length of the shirt. For reducing sleep cap ease, a google search led to me to this blog post which is pretty similar – http://designloft.blogspot.com/2010/12/tutorial-reduce-or-remove-sleeve-cap.html. Hope this helps!

      • linsjostrand August 16, 2017 at 9:43 am #

        Thanks for the quick reply! I think that’ll help. Thanks! ๐Ÿ™‚


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