McCalls 5267 (above) which dates from 1976 and isn't hard to find online, looks like a fun, relatively quick project -- perhaps my next one.
Why, you may be wondering, did I purchase it, when I already own (in-print) McCalls 6803 (below), also a unisex knit cardigan pattern?
Believe it or not, when I picked up McCall's 6803, I chose the wrong size -- instead of SM-MED-LG, I bought XL, XXL, and XXXL. Not gonna work. Also, the vintage Seventies McCall's cardigan pattern has raglan sleeves and a more attractive collar (imo). The torso looks more fitted too, as you'd expect from that era.
Here's the fabric I'll likely use for it. It's an Italian terry cloth-type knit that looks surprisingly like the knit on the pattern envelope (I believe the word for this cotton is "marled.") Squint and you'll see sunlight reflecting off the Mediterranean -- lovely.
Today I cut the pattern out (it's a single size: Small) and experimented with interfacing and buttonholes.
I was thinking this cardigan might also look cute with a belt instead of buttons, a la Marilyn on the beach.
In other news, in last night's penultimate menswear sewing class, we worked on pockets. The whole class learned how to attach a regular shirt pocket, and a small group of us (well, two) also learned how to cut and attach a cargo pocket (the blue pocket below). I'd never made a cargo pocket before and I'm not sure when I'll use one, but it's a good thing to have in my repertoire. Ever make them?
Finally, we got to try the industrial serger, known as a Merrow machine. The difference between this and my Brother 1034D is like the difference between a Mercedes Benz and a Yugo. It's incredibly smooth, quiet, and powerful. And fast, potentially, very fast.
And that's it.
In closing, would you try putting buttonholes in a loosely-woven terrycloth-type fabric or just go with a belt?
And why were McCall's pattern envelopes so much cuter in the Seventies?
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