Christmas Present for Mum

Butterick 6258My mum doesn’t read my blog, I don’t think she really ‘gets’ blogs, so I’m safe sharing her Christmas present!

Last month I made a cardigan from some lovely cable knit fabric, it was one of my first forays into overlocking after my sewing course. It’s great to wear, really snuggly and warm. My mum was admiring it all morning when she first saw it, especially when she realized I’d made it. She asked if I could get her a length of the material so she could try and make one…now my mum used to do lots of dressmaking, she was very good, but I doubt she’s sewn anything apart from curtains for over 10 years. I promised I would look in the shop next time I was in Leeds.

Butterick 6258Ooh! Christmas present! I thought…I went into B&M fabrics in Leeds…and they’d sold out!!! I was therefore able to honestly tell her that I couldn’t get any more fabric, I just didn’t update her when they restocked about two weeks later 🙂

I used the same pattern, Butterick 6258. It’s designed to be just above the  knee length, my mum does like her cardigans fairly long but she’s also at the age when, how can I put it, she’s not so tall as she used to be! I decided to cut 6″ off the length which will hopefully make it a nice length for her.

Butterick 6258

I remembered the issues I had with the collar band pattern matching last time, so I cut the two sides out separately and rather than actually cutting round the pattern piece, I worked out how many cables across I needed and followed the fabric. I also cut it so the edge of the cable would be next to the seam-line.

The pattern goes together really easily and quickly, I managed to get a good tension with my stitch, always a cause of stress with overlockers! I stitched the hem and the sleeve hem with a double row of top-stitching, I have to confess it was too much hassle to get a twin needle out and the spare thread holder. I’m really pleased with it and hopefully it will fit her nicely.

Padded coathanger

To complete the gift I made a padded coat-hanger to hang it on. When I was a poor impoverished student nurse I used to make a lot of these as presents. This year I worked out a new way of neatening up the ends by using buttons. I found a pretty dark blue flowery print, two pink buttons for the ends, and a length of pink ribbon for a bow. It looks really pretty and gives a bit extra to the present.

I think I’m winning with Christmas presents with two more to finish, it’s a good job I’m on two weeks annual leave at the moment!

Butterick 6258


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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3 Responses to Christmas Present for Mum

  1. Jane M says:

    I’m sure your Mum will be delighted by her Christmas present, it looks fabulous


  2. amcclure2014 says:

    I loved your first jacket with this fabric and love this one too! It’ll make a fabulous present -especially when you know she already loves yours. Fortunately, it’s not really 100% fit crucial and I’m sure you’re in the right ballpark. I still haven’t made it to Leeds – I’d like to get this fabric too.


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