Butterick 5927: Dress up denim with a Topper

IMG_8454I wear a lot of denim. Ha, there’s no denying this fact as it’s well documented in my blog photos! (In fact, one might wonder why I haven’t yet made a pair of jeans…?!) Even though I’m into denim, sometimes I like to dress my look up a bit so that I feel a bit more polished. That’s when I throw on a jacket or coat. And in the Spring, I rely on lightweight toppers to add a bit of shape and style to my outfit.


The fabric I chose is a rayon wool blend that caught my eye because of its graphic print and bright blue accents. I don’t often find myself drawn to fabrics that are blends, but honestly, when I saw the blue in this fabric, there was no stopping me. I found it at Fabric Depot and it was a dream to sew, with just the right amount of ‘body’ to support the structure of this little coat. I lined it with a simple black rayon lining, very lightweight so that the coat won’t be too warm as the temperatures began to soar.


This lightweight coat is a version of one of my tried and true patterns Butterick 5927.

I made it here last spring. It’s a short lined jacket with variations. I made view B, but modified it by adding 8 inches to the length. The pattern is pretty simple, especially view B. The hardest part of this project was getting those graphic designs to line up.


I think I nailed it! I also had to get that blue stripe to travel down both arms :). I was a bit obsessed with getting that right. As I manipulated the pattern pieces, I was so, so glad I bought a bit more fabric than I needed (not my usual behavior.). Let me tell you, that extra half yard was sorely needed as I lined things up.

I’m probably more likely to wear this coat open than closed, but it’s nice to have chance to use these lovely vintage buttons I’ve had in my stash. One thing I do know though. I will not be wearing this coat around my furry beast of a cat. As you can see here though, he can’t take a hint. He insisted on being in this photo, even though I gave him a stern look.


He does look a bit sad though, doesn’t he? Perhaps, my look was a bit too stern.

I think this coat might be the base piece of a capsule wardrobe for me (?). Not sure if I’ll really follow through on the concept as I mentioned in my last post, but I’ve found myself mulling this a bit more this week as I reviewed my sizable stash. If I had a method to my madness, would it be less chaotic? I continue to wonder.

On another note, I was at sewing class recently and was told that thread has a shelf life of only a couple of years. Old thread should be thrown out. I didn’t realize that and purchased a huge box of thread at an estate sale awhile back, a find that I was pretty proud of. But apparently, this is a HUGE no-no!  Did you all know that? Old thread can cause havoc in your machine. There’s so much to learn, so little time.

Happy sewing and thanks for stopping by!


15 thoughts on “Butterick 5927: Dress up denim with a Topper

  1. Sewniptuck March 11, 2016 / 10:26 pm

    Regarding the thread, yes, old thread is a machine killer! I had to take my Bernina to the fixing fella, he fiddled and raddled until finally figuring the ‘Fred’ was old – apologies for the f words! He took it between his hands and it snapped really easily. Even the pros at my college didn’t know that! Suppose they always use new thread!

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    • ellegeemakes March 11, 2016 / 10:30 pm

      It was certainly an eye opening fact for me. I guess I need to sort through my thread collection and clean house.

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    • ellegeemakes March 12, 2016 / 7:05 am

      Thanks! Now if it would only warm up enough here so that I could wear it.


  2. sewbussted March 12, 2016 / 5:54 am

    I want this jacket!!!! The fabric, cut, well the whole package is just fabulous!

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    • ellegeemakes March 12, 2016 / 7:07 am

      Thanks so much! It’s so easy, you could whip it up in a weekend , maybe a day, with your skills.


  3. Chris March 12, 2016 / 8:53 am

    What a fabulous coat and as you say gives polish to denim. Great work.

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    • ellegeemakes March 12, 2016 / 9:10 am

      Thanks! It’s so simple, a testament to the notion that the fabric makes the garment, you know?


  4. Jeanette March 15, 2016 / 10:06 am

    I have been looking at this pattern (view C) since 9/2014 when I bought 3 yards of a Fuschia Quilted Microsuede. I’m glad I did not sew it up right away because your review has inspired me to add 8″ to the pattern since I have more than a yard of extra fabric. I see you only have 2 buttons. How is that working out.

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    • ellegeemakes March 15, 2016 / 10:21 am

      I actually have 3 (one is at the collar). I did this because in the spring I like to wear coats open, so it works fine for that. But if I wanted it to be warm, I’d add more buttons. Your plan for this coat is so inspiring! I hope you’ll share your finished project.


    • ellegeemakes March 16, 2016 / 7:08 pm

      The Beatles! Now that’s a compliment. It’s an easy pattern. I think it’s fast becoming one of my tried and trues, already imagining another version, maybe a fringe-y linen jacket.

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