B5789, B & D., Beautiful Women Living Large 9 & 10
This pattern flows together beautifully. It took about a 1/2 hour to sew-- little longer to cut out, because knits can be a challenge. The pattern is one large piece with the sleeves separate. I made three knit sweaters from it.
All three can be viewed on my Pinterest site, just click the link.
The fabric for the blue knit jacket has a horizontal cable. As I avoid horizontal strips like the plague, especially when they are about to round by rump, I turned the fabric, and cut the cable to run vertically.
And, consistent with my philosophy to avoid any and all sewing where possible, I took advantage of a nice fringe the fabric has along the sides.
Because the fabric is cut against the stretch, I had to cut for a larger size, otherwise the sweater would be too tight, as stretch is taken into account for sizing purposes. I did this by reducing my seem allowance, and cutting the pattern out a little more generously.
By using the fringe, I eliminated the need for a hem and placed the sleeve pattern closer to the end of the fabric. I also made sure I laid the pattern lower for the back of the jacket.
Then--just cut and sew.
With all jackets I didn’t roll the hem, but left the ends unfinished. I did zig zag the ends of the gray knit jacket which, because of its very light weight fabric, created a ruffling effect and looks very feminine.
M6084, Beautiful Women Living Large, 8
This jacket sewed up in less than forty-five minutes. Like the Butterick pattern, it is one very large pattern, with the sleeves separate. I didn't roll the ends. Most knits don’t require finishing—so—I didn't.
Remember: sewing knits requires a slightly different technique. If you are not sewing with a serger, and using a regular sewing machine that does not allow for sewing knits, you will need to sew the stretch into the stitch.
This is very easily done. As you sew, with your thumb aligned with the stitch line, gently pull and release, pull and release, the fabric as you sew. You do not want to have a constant pull because that will create a very loose stitch, but you need the stitch flexible enough to accommodate the stretch of the fabric. This gentle "tug of war" with the fabric will do just that.To be on the safe side, I then support the seam with a loose zig zag.
Of course, you are going to want to watch your hand as it follows the sewing needle.
You will also want to use a ball point needle.
The floral, green and gray fabrics were purchased red tag on sale for half off, and each cost $10.00. The blue jacket was made from a specialty knit I got on sale for $9.99 per yard, and cost around $20.00.
In less than five hours, I was able to make four tailor made, well fitting knit sweaters, in my color palette for $50.00.
Now that’s a bargain.
Photos of the sewn clothing are on my Pinterest site. Please click the above link and it will take you there.
I should note, the photos are of clothing that have been worn and washed. I once found myself unemployed and a $64.00 dry cleaning bill that had to some how be paid before I could get my suits out for an interview. I swore then that if the item could not survive the wash, gentle cycle or normal, I was not going to buy it or make it.
Plus, we surround our skin with enough chemicals, we don't need to voluntarily add more.
I have many interests, but have to admit sewing is not one of them. I sew only because I like to wear clothes that fit. Thus, my goal when I approach any sewing project is to get it done well enough that it is wearable.
Most of the time I reach that goal. I hope this blog will help open up new fashion vistas for you to explore.