Wednesday, 11 November 2015

A Cardigan for Mama R

Stash-busting 2015:  Butterick 5760

Mama R has been waiting for another cardigan since I made her this one. She's a very patient woman.  

The Pattern:  

This cardigan is made with OOP Butterick 5760. There's not much to say about the pattern right now other than it is well drafted and an easy make. The pattern also includes a dress, pants and blazer patterns but I've only made the cardigan so far.    

I shortened the length by an inch, the sleeves by two inches and instead of interfacing the front band as asked for in the instructions I used gross-grain ribbon on the underside of the facing. Mama R didn't want any buttons or buttonholes so this made it a quick make.   

The Fabric:

Would you believe me if I told you that I picked up this medium weight cotton knit for 99¢ / metre?  I recently found this at Northwest Fabrics. If there was more on the bolt, I might have been tempted to pick up more yardage. It looked like it was from end pieces shipped in from another business. I did manage to pick up the last 1.1 metres and thankfully it was enough to make the cardigan.  

The fabric was pre-treated in the washing machine and then the dryer at regular settings and there are no complaints about how it handled. Sewing-wise, I stitched this with the lightning bolt stitch and used the walking foot.  

The Stats:
Fabric:     1.1 metres $1.23 ($0.99 / metre + taxes)

Ribbon:   1.3 metres $0.51 ($0.35 / metre + taxes)

Pattern:    OOP Butterick 5760, already priced out with this one.

Thread:   Averaged out $3.00 for this project. I finished off two cones of serger threads during this project.

Needle:  $0.76 ($5.40 for a package of four - 50% off + taxes) Broke a serger needle during this project.  

Additional tools:  Janome sewing machine and serger, walking foot, cutting table, scissors, dressmaker's chalk, and a hand needle.  

Happy Sewing!  


  1. One of my favorite cardigan patterns! Love the color of the cardigan. Great job!

    1. I really like this pattern as well. Have you made any of the other items? I would like to give the shirtdress a try but I haven't found any reviews on the dress yet. I like that the dress doesn't have darts because I'm a pear shape. I'll have to give it a try and see how it works out.

  2. Nice-it is the perfect shade of navy and will go with lots :)


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