Vintage Sewing – Butterick 9612

I recently sewed another of the fabrics I bought when Waechter’s went out of business.  This one is an Italian linen, light blue and white tiny gingham check.  My idea was to make a tunic to wear over a bathing suit and shorts in order to be “dressed” for lunch or cocktails.

I had several patterns from which to choose but ended up using this one for a man’s  beach shirt.  I think I was seduced by the stripes.  Actually, there were a lot of things I liked about this one, from the straight collar to the side vents at the hem.

I also loved the pockets and how they sat right on the hem.  In the directions the pockets were attached as they were top-stitched, but I geve them a second line of stitching at the edge.

The side vents were a bit tricky, though they turned out well.  Actually they overlap incorrectly, but I really don’t think anyone will care that the front laps over the back.

I’m blaming the instructions.   They show the vent in the process of being sewn, and it says to finish the same as View A.  The problem is that View A did not have the vents!  So I just worked through it, and they look fine.

Inside, all the seams are flat felled.  The fabric was just too ravelly to leave unfinished.

Since I planned on only wearing this tunic over another garment, I was not too concerned with the length of the front opening.  If I had it to do over, I’d have made the opening several inches shorter.  On one recent chilly evening I grabbed this tunic to wear on a walk and realized that I loved the way it looked and felt.  I’ve since closed the opening a bit so as not to be over-exposed!


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14 responses to “Vintage Sewing – Butterick 9612

  1. It’s so airy and breezy–no sweating allowed, only sauntering in a big hat!


  2. Such lovely details! You did a wonderful job on construction and I love the pattern and fabric pairing!


  3. What a lovely summer top! The linen should be very comfortable.

    I would have thought that having the front lap over the back on the vents was the correct way to have them anyway?


  4. I tried to order that same fabric – and it was sold out! But – your use of it is perfect! I really, really like your tunic!


    • I’m not surprised. I went the second day of the sale, and already stock was getting thin. They had one person doing internet orders, and they were filled as they came in, but people in the store were served immediately. While I was there quite a few bolts were emptied and I missed one piece I really wanted. And thanks!


  5. Ellen

    This is a great top, and from what I can see in the pictures, the vent looks correct!


  6. Nice work! I love linen.


  7. Very beautiful, you could never buy anything like this ….


  8. You’re right to blame those instructions! A side vent in what appears to be a false flat-felled seam deserves at least a few words of explanation.
    (Ruth Gordon — a brilliant wit, playwright and author as well as a remarkable actress — often used the phrase “Rise above it!”) Glad you “rose above it.”


  9. Love it! great job with the flat-felled seams. Such a classic design. And it’s still summer!


  10. Carrie

    Great fabric, and I love the position of the pockets too!

    I’m very jealous that you can bring vintage patterns to life, and very impressed that you can find your way even when the instructions are lacking… 🙂


  11. Love this..classic, timeless and elegant..sigh.. xxx


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