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Review of my latest #vintagepledge2017 make Butterick 3286 a great 1960's summer top made with only two pattern pieces.

Vintage Pledge Butterick 3286 is a Great Summer Tank

Starting a new job is a great excuse to examine your wardrobe and determine if you have all the work appropriate items you need. After recently going through my own wardrobe I decided that I was in need of more separates, primarily tops, and skirts.

Vintage Pledge Butterick 3286

While I knew I needed more tops in my wardrobe I also wanted to a really quick make. After going through my stash I found vintage Butterick 3286, which even said “Extra Quick and Easy” on the packet. 

Review of my latest #vintagepledge2017 make Butterick 3286 a great 1960's summer top made with only two pattern pieces.
Vintage Butterick 3286 is a super simple top pattern

>Not only would this pattern be a quick make it would also count as one of my vintage pledge patterns, so bonus. 

The sleeveless top pattern features a variety of necklines, two main pattern pieces, and simple bust darts. 

Review of my latest #vintagepledge2017 make Butterick 3286 a great 1960's summer top made with only two pattern pieces.
I ended up making 4 tops in one day

I decided to go with view C , the shallow (almost bateau) neckline, as I find this look most flattering on me. 
 

             
Sewing Summary
Date Aug 6  Review of my latest #vintagepledge2017 make Butterick 3286 a great 1960's summer top made with only two pattern pieces.
Pattern: Butterick 3286
Version: View C
Size: Size 20
Notes & Modification: 5/8 inch side seam grading to 3/8 from the bottom dart to end of blouse
Recommendations: Things to keep in mind for next time
Difficulty: Easy Ratting:  

Pattern Changes

The pattern surprisingly was in mostly in my size, which means that I only had to slightly adjust the seam allowance around the waist. To do this I sewed at 5/8 inch grading to a 3/8 inch seam as I came near the waistline. This quick change made for a top that fit perfectly. 

Review of my latest #vintagepledge2017 make Butterick 3286 a great 1960's summer top made with only two pattern pieces.
This top is a great stash buster

I also decided to forgo the facing as I find them to be bulky and not stay in place for tops like this. Instead, I used, my method for a bias tape facing around the neckline and armholes.

Review of my latest #vintagepledge2017 make Butterick 3286 a great 1960's summer top made with only two pattern pieces.
I even made matching hair scarfs for each top

The bias facing made the pattern even easier and added a bit of color on the inside of some of the tops. 

Yes, I did say tops. After I whipped up one so quickly I decided to make more. In total I made, 4 different tops from the same pattern. 

 

Butterick 3286 vs. Simplicity 1364

Last summer I wrote about my love affair with Simplicity 1364 which as I recall I made 4 of them too. 

Simplicity 1364 and Butterick 3286 are very similar patterns in style and ease of construction. 

Akram's Ideas: Vintage Pledge Butterick 3286

There are a few differences between Butterick 3286 and Simplicity 1364, first the Butterick pattern is designed to be a looser fitted pull over tank, with both back and front pieces cut on the fold. Simplicity 1364 is a more fitted top with a back zipper, however, when I made this top I excluded the zipper to make for a pull over tank. 

The Simplicity pattern offers options for sleeves while the Butterick pattern has neckline variation. 

Overall the only real difference with the patterns I would say is the length. I find that the Simplicity pattern is about 1 inch or so longer than the Butterick pattern, which I really like. Though I also like that the Butterick pattern doesn’t have a back seam, though I suppose I could have always just cut my Simplicity 1364 back, on the fold too. 

Review of my latest #vintagepledge2017 make Butterick 3286 a great 1960's summer top made with only two pattern pieces.
This top is perfect for the office when paired with a cardigan or blaze

In the end, which top do I like, better? The truth is both, in fact, I think I might hack my own version of the two patterns. 

What do you think? Do you prefer Simplicity 1364 or Butterick 3286?

Review of my latest #vintagepledge2017 make Butterick 3286 a great 1960's summer top made with only two pattern pieces.

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Akram Taghavi-Burris

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