Butterick Pattern 6669

18 Jul Butterick Pattern 6669

There’s no doubt I work better under a deadline, otherwise it wouldn’t have taken two years to make a top for this skirt.

‘Why rush……. wait until I find the right pattern.’ I said.

Now, I’m happy about the delayed top because had I sewn it in a timely manner, I would not have sewn Butterick 6669 which is a great companion to my linen skirt blogged here. Two years ago I was inspired by the beautiful striped linen clothing of Luisa Beccaria. The Sicilian designer and mother of five, who cites many royal families as her clients, designs romantic, ethereal, and sophisticated clothing, but it was a pair of $600 culottes described in the skirt post that caught my eye.

In making the top, my goal was to create a summer two-piece dress; fresh, feminine and easy to wear whether together or separately.

I sewed the top pattern straight up with the intention of tucking it in, but the skirt sits low on the waist and it looked sloppy. The ensemble looked unfinished with the top pulled out, so I thought about adding a ruffle below the hem to echo the skirt ruffle before concluding a ruffle around the abs is a bad idea.

Alas, I thought a bias cut binding might give the top a finished look while also echoing the bias ruffle without the fuss.

To finish the top, I:

  1. took out the hem and cut the top hem-length
  2. cut a one-inch strip of bias fabric and stitched the ends to form a circle equal to the width of the top
  3. attached the bias strip to the front side of the top and sewed a 3/8″ seam
  4. pressed, folded and turned under the raw edge. I did not trim the seam.
  5. Lastly, I hand-stitched the bias strip in place on the underside of top.

I learned to embrace linen wrinkles a long time ago – a must have attitude for wearing this wonderful fabric 😉 


I’m reading a wonderful book entitled Dirt, by Bob Buford, the former fiction editor of the New Yorker, who moves his family to Lyon to learn the secrets of the French Kitchens. While improvising on a dish as an apprentice, the chef quickly exclaims  “You can’t be creative until you understand the basics, and you don’t know the basics!”

The same is true of sewing, but once you master the basics the possibilities are endless. The wonderful thing about this garment’s embellishment lies in its simplicity. Sometimes we get lucky 😉

Have a great weekend!

  • Rebecca Bagwell
    Posted at 07:07h, 18 July Reply

    Great top and look!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:10h, 18 July Reply

      Thank you, Becky!

  • Laura Casey
    Posted at 07:25h, 18 July Reply

    Oh this just screams summer! Love the pattern, especially with straps that allow the wearing proper under garments…Bought the pattern for me and my sister, we both just arrived at 70 (our arms are still good) ☺️….. love how you finished the hem. I do that often on tees.
    So good to see you in this…..now looking to make one before the end of the season. Thanks for the wonderful inspiration.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:33h, 18 July Reply

      Thank you,Laura! I was attracted to the neckline of this pattern – am thinking about making the maxi version too. Enjoy your pattern ☺️☺️

  • Laura Casey
    Posted at 07:34h, 18 July Reply

    PS: I think this pattern could make beautiful nightgowns for your 2 daughters……Christmas will be here before you know it…..white batiste, with flannel short robes as in the pattern……..😉

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 08:20h, 18 July Reply

      Great idea!

  • Suzanne
    Posted at 08:32h, 18 July Reply

    Lovely! I so appreciate your continuing posts that entice and inspire me to keep sewing. I am more and more convinced that two or three pieces in the same fabric is the way to go. I adore the look of your two piece dress and it provides such versatility. Earlier this year I sewed three pieces (sleeveless top, pants and skirt) in a blue floral print, much like that shown on my garments’ pattern, Simplicity 1466 (which includes a tunic as well as a dress). I cannot say enough good things about this type of companion piece sewing. It was purely luck that I had enough fabric left to cut out a skirt. Oh, almost forgot to mention that I think the bias binding is a clever finishing touch!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 08:47h, 18 July Reply

      Many thanks, Suzanne! I used to wear two-piece dresses all the time and suddenly they disappeared……. I think the trick to sewing an ensemble is finding a detail that pulls it together. You are so correct in the versatility provided by ensemble dressing 😊

  • Kathy
    Posted at 08:41h, 18 July Reply

    Just beautiful. Another inspiring outfit. For me, a two piece is much more flattering than a one piece dress. Thank you for reminding me that I can get the dress look but in a flattering way.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 08:51h, 18 July Reply

      Thanks so much, Kathy! I once wore two piece dresses all the time and then they disappeared from the market. We certainly have much more control over fit when sewing coordinating pieces. Tying it all together is the trick for sure 😉

  • Barbara
    Posted at 08:48h, 18 July Reply

    Thanks again for sharing your process. I always learn a lot from your posts. Especially what you do when projects do not turn out right the first time. Beautiful outfits nicely photographed. Thanks again Sarah

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 08:53h, 18 July Reply

      My pleasure, Barbara! I usually find myself tweaking a pattern until I’m satisfied – especially the first time around 😉 Many thanks for your comment!

  • Carmen
    Posted at 09:00h, 18 July Reply

    Beautiful!! Inspired!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 10:05h, 18 July Reply

      Thank you, Carmen!

  • Mollie Bobo
    Posted at 10:24h, 18 July Reply

    Yes! I do believe you got it! I, too, embrace linen and it’s wrinkles!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 12:36h, 18 July Reply

      It’s the only wear to wear it! Many thanks for the comment, Mollie!

  • Rebecca Holdsworth
    Posted at 10:28h, 18 July Reply

    Fantastic! A long-awaited finished project. You ended up with a great selection. Enjoy the rest of the summer and your completed project.

    Wishing you and your family good health.

    Becky, Cary, NC

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 12:37h, 18 July Reply

      Many thanks, Rebecca 😉 Best wishes to you for a great summer too!

  • Hanh-Trang Ginocchio
    Posted at 11:01h, 18 July Reply

    So fresh! I don’t know how you always make it cuter than on the envelope. It’s a nice pattern with a lot of options.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 12:38h, 18 July Reply

      Ah….. what a nice compliment 😉 Thank you, Hanh-Trang!

  • Alice Elliot
    Posted at 12:12h, 18 July Reply

    Love this!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 12:38h, 18 July Reply

      Thank you, Alice!

  • Nancy Stringer
    Posted at 13:33h, 18 July Reply

    I love the way you think about garments to come up with successful solutions. Rather than giving up in frustration, or pushing through a project knowing it’s off-track, you stop, take a breath, analyze, experiment and wrestle the problem to the ground until it’s solved to your satisfaction. Great example for all of us who want to keep getting better in our sewing!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:04h, 19 July Reply

      Thank you, Nancy. It’s all about what works for each person, and quitting at the end of the project is no way to sew! 😊

  • Maggie Edger
    Posted at 15:21h, 18 July Reply

    Summer simplicity at its best. Great, fun outfit.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:05h, 19 July Reply

      Thank you, Maggie! It’s a keeper 😊

  • Sandy
    Posted at 16:46h, 18 July Reply

    I just love this. It reminds me of when I was a little girl. My mom always made us matching seersucker dresses. The bias trim was just perfect.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:06h, 19 July Reply

      Ah………such a sweet memory! Many thanks, Sandy 😊

  • Joan
    Posted at 17:39h, 18 July Reply

    You mentioned luck, Sarah, but it appears to me that you worked through the process (plain hem, ruffle, bias trim, aha!) and found the best solution! The little bit extra (a lot, really) of the bias trim and its weight adds a very nice detail to your top and ties it to the skirt beautifully.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:23h, 19 July Reply

      I see what you mean, Joan! Maybe I should have said ” After working through the process, I was delighted to find a simple solution.” 🙂
      But it’s true, sometimes we are lucky in finding simple answers to our dilemmas ….. Many thanks, for the comment, Joan!

  • Molly Hayden
    Posted at 18:57h, 18 July Reply

    Absolutely perfect for Southern summers and looks great on you! I agree, no ruffles on the middle. I like how you finished the skirt however, just right. I also love the quote from the book and your follow up. I have told my students the same for years. I think that is what makes sewing so much fun!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:26h, 19 July Reply

      So true, Molly! It’s easy to get ahead of oneself without understanding what you’re doing………………
      Thank you so much for your nice comment😉

  • LB
    Posted at 19:05h, 18 July Reply

    Great outfit! I like the ruffle, but the bias finished it just right!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:27h, 19 July Reply

      Thank you, LB! I liked the ruffle from the front but the side was a different story😂

  • Evelyn Benison
    Posted at 21:31h, 18 July Reply

    I loves this two piece so much…I actually thought it was a one piece until I saw the top half. Just loves it still, it’s going to do me wonders when you make the full figure version. I’m going to sport next season. Am looking forward to more of your cozy creations.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:28h, 19 July Reply

      Many thanks, Evelyn. Two piece dresses can fool the eye 😊

  • Patricia Leonardi
    Posted at 23:29h, 18 July Reply

    I like it and you look very nice in it. cool and elegant.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:29h, 19 July Reply

      Thanks so much, Patricia!

  • Susan Reiher
    Posted at 06:19h, 19 July Reply

    Such a versatile combination, very elagant and feminin. Did you make any alteration in width or strap length. The finished result fits even better than the ruffle example..

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:30h, 19 July Reply

      Thank you, Susan. I might have adjusted the strap length a bit, but the pattern fit remarkably well without alterations 😊

  • Claire
    Posted at 13:25h, 19 July Reply

    Your top is lovely and just the right fabric for the unrelenting heat down here! Your fabric looks identical to the designer. Thx for the book rec—with the endless covid cycle of prep, clean, eat, clean again, I wouldn’t mind escaping in my mind to a Bocuse world right now!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 17:53h, 19 July Reply

      Thank you, Claire! Bocuse is mentioned a few hundred times 😂 Actually, I’m listening to the book one Audible – the author is a great narrator. I hope you can stay cool in SC – it can’t possibly be too much cooler in NYC!

  • Gayle
    Posted at 14:49h, 19 July Reply

    Love the way this turned out but I liked the ruffle too. You are tiny enough to wear either one. Congrats on a great outfit. So glad you posted again. The posts seem few and far between, but just what we need to inspire us during this pandemic.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 17:57h, 19 July Reply

      Thank you, Gayle! The ruffle look fine from the front but not so much the 360 degree view 😉
      It’s always a pleasure to post!

  • Sandra Garnett
    Posted at 18:55h, 21 July Reply

    Hello – all the way from the wet tropics of Cairns (Australia) – this is a gorgeous wee outfit. You always achieve such a fabulous fit on the garments you sew. Do you use a block? Stay safe regards, Sandra 😷

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:54h, 22 July Reply

      Hello down there!!!!!!!!
      Many thanks, Sandra for your comment. I do not use a block, but what a good idea 😊

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