Tis the season for those social gatherings of festivities and good cheer. Like most of you, I usually just pull out my trusty LBD for these events. But this year I wanted to have something different. I found this Butterick 6418 pattern when looking on their website and thought it would be both easy to make and festive to wear.
The written description on the Butterick website reads as :
Close-fitting pullover top has sleeve and hem variations. A, B, D: Front yoke. C: Front and back overlays. For moderate stretch knits only.
Initially I was thinking of using some red stretch lace with some red bamboo knit, but unfortunately I couldn’t find any reds that matched. I ended up falling back to black! Oh well. I chose to make option D except using the lace in both sleeves since I had the yardage and didn’t want to waste it.
This is a very easy pattern to put together.
One recommendation I would make is to use a stabilizer (tear away or wash away) when hemming the lace sections. When I first hemmed the lace sleeves, I used my cover stitch machine without the stabilizer. The machine stitches actually tighten up the hem so it made it like a ruffle. Thankfully the sleeves were too long so I was able to cut off my inadvertent ruffles and re-hemmed the sleeves using a tear away stabilizer. The stabilizer worked like a charm – I just had to tweezer out the product from under the stitches! Luckily I experimented on the sleeves first since I did have room to adjust. I hemmed the neckline without a problem with the stabilizer.
So bring on the eggnog and Christmas pudding. I’m ready for the festivities to begin!
BTW, the store has some copies of this pattern is you would like to add it to your wardrobe too.