A Suit for Spring

Butterick 6258I’ve just managed to finish this outfit today so I can count it in my monthly stash report – every yard counts!! And yes it’s another one from my pattern of the moment, Butterick 6258!

I bought this fabric on our Yorkshire Spoolettes meet-up when we visited Fabworks in Dewsbury, it’s quite a firm knit in a lovely deep shade of plum, it almost looks navy in some lights. My over-locker is playing up again so I sewed it all on my sewing machine using the stretch stitch.

I decided I wanted to make a midi skirt to go with the jacket and I also wanted the rib to go down, not across the outfit. This meant I had to cut it out across the grain. I had 2.5m  and just nicely fitted both patterns on. The skirt pattern is for an above knee length, I just cut it as long as my fabric would allow!

Butterick 6345

When I first made this skirt pattern a few weeks ago I really wasn’t happy with the way they finished the waist, on this one I turned the fabric under the elastic about 0.5cm and stitched it stretched to match the fabric length. I then folded the fabric inside over the elastic so the elastic was completely enclosed and then edge-stitched through all layers along the lower edge, thereby making an elasticated waistband. I’m much happier with this method.Butterick 6258

The cardigan went together beautifully, I edge-stitched round the collar with a decorative stitch which looks a bit like feather stitch. I was so pleased with the result I used it to hem everything too, it nicely acts as both a zig-zag and a seam at the same time.

Butterick 6258

I think this is one of my favorite outfits from this pattern, it’s made a great casual suit, it’s lovely to wear too.

I’m being treated to breakfast at Betty’s Tearoom in Ilkley for Mother’s Day by my children so I think I might just wear this outfit.

Butterick 6258

OK, so now it’s down to the nitty-gritty, my end of month stash report! I think I’ve done pretty well this month considering how much I bought, 18m of fabric was at the Yorkshire Spoolettes day, so I blame Ali from Thimberlina for taking us to irresistible shops!!!! I’ve donated some which in my defense were mainly leftovers which were too big to scrap, but do I really want two skirts from the same fabric! I’ve made two shirts, a top and a dress, two skirts and a cardigan, not bad for one month!

February Stash Report; Balance brought forward 89m on 31st January

Fabric bought; 24.5m

Fabric donated; 11.7m

Fabric sewn; 17.9m

Fabric stash on 31st February 83.9m

I’m pretty pleased with that 🙂

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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6 Responses to A Suit for Spring

  1. Thimberlina says:

    Are you sure you’ve not secretly won the lottery and quit work! A lovely suit, perfect for a trip to Betty’s 😃


  2. CurlsnSkirls says:

    Lovely suit, and what a great sewing spree you’ve had this month – wow! Am so impressed that you know exactly how much fabric you have. 😍


  3. The suit looks fab! Beautiful colour 🙂


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