Sewing knits; Butterick 6258

A couple of weeks ago I went on a great course at the Yorkshire School of Sewing to learn  to use my overlocker, it inspired me to conquer my fear of sewing knits and jerseys! A few days after I wandered into B&M Fabrics shop to buy some quilt wadding, and there, propped up together in a corner were two bolts of fabric, a lovely dark red knitted fabric and a co-ordinating green and red tartan. Well, I was putty in their fingers! By the time I left Leeds market I had two lengths of knitted fabric, a skirt length of the tartan and two lengths of jersey for tops…as well as the wadding I went in for!

Sewing knits

Sewing knitsI decided to sew the red knitted fabric first. I found a Butterick pattern (6258) which was just what I wanted, a cardigan style jacket, top, and skirt. I shortened the cardigan as the pattern is knee length which is not a length that does anything for me, I cut out the medium size which correlated to a size 12-14. I particularly liked the cardigan as it has a folded front band which gives a nice edge to the cardigan.

Have you ever wondered why you avoided something for years? I am now wondering why I haven’t sewn knitwear before, it went together beautifully, so easy to sew! I haven’t got a big range of overlocking threads so I used black for the loopy threads and red for the seam line, it seemed to work well, I managed to get the tension ok so I was happy with the stitch.

Sewing knitsI even used a twin needle for  the first time! It took me a while to find my spare thread holder though. Luckily I sussed out on a scrap first that the twin line of stitching is only on the top, not underneath, there’s just a single line there…it may be obvious when you think about it, but I hadn’t thought about it before!!

Sewing knitsIt does mean that you have to sew things like hems from the right side, whereas usually I would stitch from the wrong side to make sure everything was ok with the hem. On the sleeves I found that I had too big a hem so there was about 3/4″ above the twin stitch, I thought about risking the overlocker to reduce it, but I decided to just turn it under and add an extra line of stitching, it actually makes a nice finish as it means if I turn my cuffs up, I’ve got a neat finish inside.

I’m really pleased with my cardigan, it is so comfortable and cosy, I’ve worn it twice already! I persuaded my photographic assistant to do the honours in the garden, unfortunately I was photobombed by Jasmine, Evangeline and Ivy, three of our chickens, they’ve got free range of the garden now for the winter and as they are trained to corn, every time they see me they think “Oooh, corn!!” We managed to get the photos taken before the other six got in on the act 🙂

Sewing knits

About craftycreeky

I live in a busy market town in Yorkshire with my husband, kids, dogs and chickens. I love trying new crafts, rediscovering old ones, gardening, walking...anything creative really I started this blog after my New Year resolution worked so well. My resolution (the first one I've ever kept!) was to post a photograph of my garden on Facebook every day. My hope was that I would then see what was good in the garden and not just weeds and work, which was my tendency. The unexpected side-effect was that I have enjoyed many more hours in the garden. I am hoping that 'The Crafty Creek' will have the same effect. Happy creating!
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8 Responses to Sewing knits; Butterick 6258

  1. I love it! I also have the Dread of Knits, and that cardigan is exactly the type of thing I want to sew… you’re inspiring me to get OVER my fear!


  2. Wow, that color is awesome! I would like to have a coat like that for the winter! Also love the shape! Well done!


  3. amcclure2014 says:

    Love the fabric, colour, length and style! Well done for conquering your overlocker fear! I’ve been in the Leeds area a lot this week but my plans to visit market and tailoring exhibition on Tuesday there fell through. It seems well worth visiting though so I will plan to do so in the next few weeks. I must check to see when the exhibition ends.


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