McCall’s 6844, Butterick 6948 in Cobalt

Effortless, minimal, chic dressing……. I’ve never been able to pull it off, but have always been envious of those who can. As a whole, the loose and unstructured silhouettes overwhelm my 5’2″ frame, but I continue perusing the Eileen Fisher website and occasionally trying on her separates. In doing so, I’ve become a fan of linen knits, and at last, I’ve found a compromise……

The Linen Knit Twinset 😉

EmmaOneSock’s cobalt blue linen knit was irresistible! Available in over a dozen colors this lightweight fabric has a lovely drape and was perfect for the unstructured, but not oversized look I was seeking.

Two patterns – McCall’s 6844 (OOP but available at Easy, Ebay, etc…) and Butterick 5948 (still in print) eventually proved to be nicely compatible.

I ‘ve made the cardigan twice before (blogged here) using heavier fabrics and was familiar with the fit, but I was not prepared for floppy collar.If I was to wear the cardigan, I had no choice but to do some after-the-fact tweeking. The four-inch collar is attached after the bodice is completed and folds to the outside. (left photo). It refused to behave leading me to cut off 2 1/4 inches. I finished the new edge on the serger, turned it to the inside and topstitched.

While this is not my typical modus operandi, it worked and the cardigan is now exactly what I wanted.

I love the newly defined opening of the cardigan.

In searching for a shell, Butterick 5948 was just the silhouette I was seeking!
I attached the facings to the insides, folded and stitched to the outside for slight added detail.

One final tip to pass along is the importance of stabilizing the shoulder seams of both the cardigan and the shell. I did this by sewing the selvage from a piece of silk organza to the seam, and what a difference this step makes.

Due to the slight sheerness of the fabric I doubt I will wear the shell as a separate, but I’m pleased with the ensemble and it’s nice to be one step closer to effortless dressing 🙂

All the best!




McCall’s 6844, Butterick 6948 in Cobalt