Pattern Review: Butterick Jacket 6569 and Butterick Pants 6565
Pattern Review: Butterick Jacket 6569
From pattern designer Katherine Tilton, this loose-fitting, zip-front jacket has a broad collar with a self-fabric drawstring, raglan sleeves with contrast cuffs, side seams that wrap toward the front, in-seam pockets, and a pointed hemline with a contrast front hem band. The zipper application is exposed and requires a 28-inch separating zipper. The instructions are correct and the seamlines and notches match up. Our seamstress found that the pattern piece for the jacket back view B is marked to cut on the crosswise fold, but the layout in the instructions shows it cut on the lengthwise fold. The collar is attached with the seam allowances exposed within the jacket. Use a different attachment method if a neater finish is desired. Although this jacket is on the loose side, the armhole is fitted, so select fabrics with some stretch. Recommended fabrics include ponte knits, stable jersey knits, and sweatshirt fleece.
(Sized Misses’ XS–XXL [4–26] for busts 29.5–48 in.)
—Tested by Eve Kovacs, Woodridge, Illinois
Style Tip: Select a zipper with a decorative tape to make the most of the exposed application.
Pattern Review: Butterick Pants 6565
Also by Katherine Tilton, this slim-fitting, pull-on pant has a 3 curved waistband with elastic in back, forward side seams, and a split lower back leg with a 6-inch self-faced hem. The top edge of the waistband sits at the natural waistline. Pair these pants with a flowy top for an outfit that easily transitions between the yoga studio and errands. A novice sewer may be able to tackle this project in a stable fabric. The pattern does not offer a stretch scale. Use only fabrics with stretch and good recovery, such as stretch twill, stretch denim, and ponte and double knits.
(Sized Misses’ 6-22 for hips 32.5 to 46 in.)
-Tested by Gayle Moline, Manson, Iowa
Style Tip: Add belt loops and a slim belt for a trouserlike look.
Illustrations by Steven Fleck.