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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Butterick 5468 Vest Pattern vs New Look 6461 Vest

I saw a review on Pattern Review for the Butterick 5468 vest.  See her review here.  It was the most beautiful vest EVER!
Pattern View Inspiration

I saw that is was made from Cashmere!  WOW!

I don't think they even sell Cashmere here in Florida.......?

I do have a tan ponte knit that I think would work nice.

Now my trouble is that out of 500 patterns, I didn't have the Butterick 5468.  And the cheapest one on Ebay was $8.00!
Butterick 5468

  I couldn't see paying that price, so after looking through my files of patterns I found the New Look 6461
New Look 6461

I think it was similar enough to make it work for a trial muslin.  I made mine in a knit fabric.

Coral Knit New Look 6461
Princess seams, pockets, sleeveless, notch collar lapel.  So far so good!

New Look 6461

Collar & Lapel

Back View

Princess seam

I used 2 yards of a mystery knit.  Similar to a rib knit.  Lots of stretch, but the fabric recovered with steam.

I'm pretty impressed with my vest.

I learned a new technique for the collar.  I hate sewing collars.  They always turn out wonky.  This technique has you sew the three sides of the collar, leaving the neck side open, turn the collar and press.  Insert the collar between the jacket and the facing, making a sandwich and sew the collar and facing in one long stitch line.  Turn the facing to the inside and press.  Collar is done!  I am so thankful I saw this on a Peggy Sagers video.

I ended up with a wearable muslin and I learned a new technique.  It's been a pretty good day!

For my proportion fitting I needed the lengthen the vest to 26".  I can wear it with anything knee length.  I'm thinking of another slim skirt in the same color.  But I still have to work on that pattern.

New Look 6461 Tan Ponte Knit
I didn't add pockets on this version.  Maybe I will later.

New Look 6561

Collar & Lapel

Back View

2 yards used $8.00 Vest
Since I was on a roll sewing I made a knit shirt for Fall.  This stripe fabric has been in my stash for years and I thought it would work for a muslin.  It's a pretty thin knit.  But with a vest it would be fine.
Navy and Wine Boatneck Long Sleeve Knit Shirt

Fold over elastic used at neckline

Neck view
I think that this combo would look nice with a navy skirt.

With vest
Too much allergy meds and iced coffee and I've made another stripe long sleeve knit shirt!

Navy white stripe long sleeve knit shirt

With vest

$5.40 stripe t-shirt

$5.40 Grey Stripe Long sleeve knit shirt

Grey Stripe long sleeve knit shirt
The grey stripe fabric was a pain in the butt!  I had to match the stripes and the fabric wanted to wrinkle.  It must have had some cotton in it to wrinkle like that.

Fabric self binding along neck.
Since I'm on a roll, I might as well make a skirt to go with my Fall wardrobe.  I used the Simplicity 7160 skirt, added a 2" wide elastic waistband and PRESTO!  I have a new skirt!

Simplicity 7160 skirt

Grey stripe shirt & grey skirt

Fall Wardrobe
Two vest, a skirt and three shirts...............I'm tired!

Until next time.............



  1. WOW! You got a ton done! SO many cute outfits here!

    1. Thank you! I have to take advantage of the sewing bug!

  2. Whoa, slow down, you are making the rest of us look bad. :) But seriously, nice job! Love the coral with the grey.

    1. LOL! I'm just trying to keep up with all the great things my sewing blog friends create! Seriously it's the allergy meds. Thanks for stopping by.