Please note that these patterns were purchased ages ago with the intent that they would have a face-off. First, Butterick 5219, like all of my Big 4 acquisitions, was probably obtained for $.99 at Jo-Ann’s or Hancock’s. The contender, the HotPatterns Weekender Sunshine Tops pattern, has a fancier pedigree. It came from Fabric.com at full retail.
Though their roots are different, these patterns are very similar. However, the hem finishes are distinct. The hem of the Butterick top is sewn with a folded self-fabric band. The Sunshine hem is either turned and topstitched or knit ribbing is added.
HotPatterns Weekender Sunshine Tops
Looking at the Sunshine pattern on the dress form, you can see that something is not right with the armhole area. Besides the ripples at the front armscye, the back armscye looks like it is cut too high.
Because I am not exactly the size of my dress form, I am going to sew the muslins, try them on and adjust as needed. Any changes will be transferred to the pattern pieces.