Butterick 5562 is a lovely set of top patterns. I was very taken with it. A few people have made View D which I loved so I bought this pattern and think I could get a lot of use from it.
As well as View D, I made View A with the shorter gathered sleeves. The fabric I used is a cotton elastane mix (I think) which has very strong recovery. It is actually a lovely quality fabric but a bit of a strange colour that looks different in different lights.
The top is very long and I have made it as per the pattern length but it is nice for the cooler days as it keeps my hips warm! The only alteration I made was to bring it in the waist seam ( you can see the alteration detailed in Mushywear's review of her delicious version).
I didn't notice those gathers across the back before - interesting what a photo shows up...
A photo to show the sleeve detail...
I also made View D while I was at it. This fabric is from Gorgeous fabrics and is called uber soft rayon blend jersey. A poly/rayon/lycra blend that lives up to its name - it is gorgeous and soft and cuddly to wear. I love it heaps and I had bought another piece but during this reno I haven't been able to find it. If I can't find it soon I may have to buy more!!
This was made exactly as per the instructions with the only alteration being to bring it in at the waist again.
Review is here.
I have one more lot of photos to show you of my new Kwik-sew swimmers - see you next post!