Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Butterick 5760

Yesterday I showed you the part finished Butterick 5760 cardigan, today I managed to finish the first cardigan and even sew a 2nd one.

The camera doesn't really like the stripes and sends your eyes a little weird, but here they are modelled in a pair of white jeans, (still needing more dieting to achieve a better look), to give you an idea of the nautical look I am trying to achieve.

The first cardigan I used the same fabric cut on the grain for the front and collar trim and used some little white buttons, the 2nd cardigan I used some white knit I had in my stash to give a contrasting look with some dark black/navy buttons.

Here are the pattern details:-

Misses' jacket, cardigan, dress, skirt and pants:  Unlined jacket has shoulder pads, princess seams and two-piece sleeves.  Close-fiting cardigan has neck/front bands and stitched hems.  Loose fitting dress has collar, collar band, side pockets, sleeves with continuous lap, pleats, button cuffs, and belt.  Skirt has self-lined yokes and back zipper/slit.  Straight-legged pants have waistband, side pockets and mock fly zipper.  A,D and E: semi fitted.


Designed for medium weight woven fabrics and moderate stretch knits.



I used one metre of 60" wide ponte knit purchased for only £2.00.  This was enough to make the two cardigans.

I made a couple of minor alterations to the pattern.  For the shoulder seams I added some iron-on tape to give some stability and stop the seams stretching out of shape.  For the collar band I just folded in half and serged to the neck-edge for the rest of the jacket, I just followed the pattern instructions.

This is a really quick easy pattern to run up and can be done in a couple of hours - quicker if your cover stitch machine is working correctly and you are not spending so much time saying unmentionable things to it.  I love my babylock but I seem to struggle with the cover stitch and just cant work out what I am doing wrong - If you have the Evolution then PM me I am getting desperate now.

I highly recommended this pattern, quick easy and a great price for a working wardrobe pattern - I want to try the shirt-dress next.

In the photo on the left, you can see my burnt orange bag and shoes that I purchased recently - I could do with a white or even orange belt too.  Still at £1 per cardigan I can afford to splash the cash on some accessories.

Catch you later..................



21 comments:

  1. I too struggled with a serger that was supposed to do a coverstitch. After many frustating attempts, I finally purchased a coverstitch only machine (Janome CP 1000). I really love it. It was well worth the cost. You might want to look at coverstitch only machines. I know that many people love theirs and there are many brands to choose from. Good luck. jtl

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    1. I have to say, out of pure frustration I am very tempted to purchase a separate machine, I will certainly give it some thought.

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  2. I have admired this pattern many times...nice to see it made up. Your work is beautiful.

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  3. I have a Babylock coverstitch only machine and I love it. I thought long and hard about buying the Evolution vs. the Coverstitch machine and the coverstitch won.

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    1. yes, I guess this is like any dual machine - do you buy the one or two (sometimes I wish it was two)

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  4. I have the older 8 thread version - the Babylock Evolve. I find it does a fabulous coverstitch, but took a lot of patience to consistently produce good results - and practice. There was a time I didn't use it much, but now I love that feature. Sometimes I consider a separate serger/coverstitcher, but i am not sure I want two separate machines space-wise. I took a quick look at the website - it seems the big difference is the Evolution will chain off the coverstitch, whereas the Evolve does not - does that sound right? I hope you make peace with the Evolution, it's a beautiful machine!

    I love your sweater. I've picked up that pattern several times to look at the sweater - so I'm glad to see it done up. Love the nautical look also.

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    1. Andrea

      I think its just a case of me being patient and practicing some more - I will beat it. Thanks for the comment on my cardigan

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  5. Love the stripes, a classic look.

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  6. Looks great - I love the stripes!

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  7. Thanks Cal and Suzy for you kind comments.

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  8. You look as though you're on your way for a luncheon at the yacht club, Pauline! What a wonderful cardi--and such a good price.

    FWIW, I too have a serger that does coverstitch. I never did like all the fiddling it took to get a nice-looking result so in the end bought a Janome 1000CP which is always set up and raring to go. It does beautiful coverhems with barely an effort.

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    1. Kathryn - sadly I send Mike off sailing so I can sew - can't do both at the moment ha ha.

      I am still annoyed with my coverstitch - I am sure its just a case of sitting down with it

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  9. What a fabulous jacket and the orange purse and flats give it that wonderful pop of colour. Love it when you get two jackets for the price of one piece of fabric.

    My serger has the cover stitch but, being honest, I haven't used it. On my list of things to learn though.

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    1. yes I need to push it up my to-do list.

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  10. I think of buying a coverstitch machine as well, but I am still trying to find a justification. I already commented on burdastyle how much I love your cardigan, but I will say it here too. It is lovely.

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  11. I'm late to the party but I love this cardigan! You did a fabulous job on this!

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  12. Beautiful cardigan. Love the stripes.

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