After last week’s realization that I owned a sole cardigan, I requested pattern suggestions from the Me-Made-May flickr pool. Then I remembered I already had one, Butterick 5398. I made it once in 2011 but it had since fallen out of favor. I wore it a lot when I first made it and then grew displeased with the basic cotton jersey I used. This time, I branched out into a lightweight rayon knit. It was really squirrely to sew with, but I think it looks decent!
Unfurled! You can see the texture of the fabric here.
I zig-zag stitched the seams and then trimmed and overlocked them. Basically, I’m a slow, manual serger.
The bottom and front hems are rolled and the sleeves are finished with folded bands. I strongly prefer finishing knits with bands since I don’t have a serger/coverstitch machine.
I added 3″ length to the bottom hem and took in the side seams dramatically (3/4″ from the sleeve graded to 2″ at the armpits, then 2 3/4″ at the bottom). This is after cutting the XS size (I’m pretty solidly a Medium). This pattern is huge! It’s better than too small, but it’s still an irritating waste of fabric.
This piece is really a child of Me-Made-May and the Seamless Pledge. Trying to wear my self-made sleeveless shirts for MMM revealed my lack of cardigans, and the Seamless Pledge prevented me from purchasing any. (I rarely have luck thrifting them, which would be my go-to solution.) I wouldn’t mind making another in a linen or cotton sweater knit, which seem a bit hard to find! But having doubled my cardigans this week, I’m not in a hurry.
Have you located any holes in your wardrobe recently?