So I decided to make Butterick 5497 view C. I really should have known better. When there is only a drawing on the front of the envelope you really don’t know what you are getting into. So I decided I would make a muslin to be sure of sizing and fit since that can be tricky with knits. So here is your gameshow question of the day. Which shirt is the muslin?
If you are guessing that the one on the right is the muslin you would be WRONG! Can you believe it, my muslin turned out better than my final copy. The blue circle fabric is a very very thin rayon knit I got at fabric.com over a year ago. It is so thin I have to wear a tank under the top because it is see through even though it is such a dark color. Anyway I made the muslin and did quite a bit of tweaking to get it to look right. I had to take it in everywhere, including the sleeves. So I thought I was good to go with my cream knit but man it did not work. I know a big part of the problem was that I was just being a bit too sloppy, but besides that I think this pattern will only work well with a really thin knit.
So the blue version is hanging in my closet where it will be worn a handful of times because I think this fabric will only hold up to a handful of washings and the cream version is bunched in a ball on the floor of my sewing room where I threw it in frustration after trying to fix it but only making it worse.
I am sad to loose the cream fabric, it only cost me three dollars off a clearance rack, but I really thought it would make a good “go with anything” shirt. So if you have a really thin knit you like go for it with this pattern, but for something thicker save your fabric for something else.