Itch to Stitch Lisbon Cardigan – No Buttons though!

Fresh off the Day and Night Dress Challenge, Coffee and Cocktails, I’m headed to Lisbon…

… the Lisbon Cardigan by Itch to Stitch, that is.

I cut out my pattern pieces and fabric with the help of Sophie! 

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I love this knit fabric, a “shades of grey” (and black) paisley Topaz knit, 85% polyester, 10% rayon, 5% spandex.  Others seem to like it too!  I have two co-workers who have RTW cardigans in variations of  grey paisley knit – that’s why I knew I had to have one too!

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I didn’t have a problem cutting out this PDF pattern.  23 pages turned into three large pieces and four small.  I didn’t mind that.  My fabric was a bit of a challenge though, as the knit wouldn’t lie flat and the layers bunched up and stuck together.  After carefully cutting out this fabric for my Lisbon, I still had enough of it left over to cut out a matching top too!  Bonus!  😁👍

Sewing this knit together was not difficult.  I used a narrow zig zag on my sewing machine.

I do not like raw seams showing on my RTW cardigans, but there is not much I can do about that, so when I make my own cardigans, I try to make the insides neat!  I bound the armscye seams in single fold bias tape.

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I sewed my side and arm seams by placing one side of the sewn seam into the other folded side of the seam and zig zagging the two together again – stronger and neater – sort of like a flat felled seam without the topstitching.

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When it came to sewing on the facings, I did not do them as instructed.  I sewed one side of the interfaced facing to the bodice front by machine and folded and pressed the other side of the facing to the inside, handsewing it in place.  I get a bit of stiffness in my right hand if I do too much hand sewing – I love sewing machines!  They save my hands! – so I spread the handsewing out over a couple of nights.

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Here’s my insides …

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… and my outsides!

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Now that I’m finished, I noticed that my shoulder seams seem a bit too long.  Perhaps I could have made my Lisbon a size or two smaller?  Or could it just be the stretch in this knit fabric?  Next time I might try a smaller size.  On this one, I could use some bias tape to reinforce the shoulder seams so they don’t stretch… I’ll see if that helps!

Notice I don’t have any buttons or button holes yet?  

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Apparently, I have 1 1/2 cookie tins full of buttons (mostly given to me by my Mom) and yet I cannot find 7 matching buttons for my Lisbon.  So a button shopping trip is in my future!

Seriously, what do you do with 1 1/2 cookie tins full of mostly “single” buttons?

Happy Sewing!

STASH BUSTING WITH THIS PROJECT?  1.6 metres (139.9 metres remaining!)

26 thoughts on “Itch to Stitch Lisbon Cardigan – No Buttons though!

  1. The Lisbon is one of my favourite patterns. Why not try a narrow shoulder adjustment? I need to do these quite often.
    I really like this fabric and it has made a perfect cardigan.

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  2. Nice cardi. As for single buttons, match them by size and approximate colour, and go crazy with deliberately mismatched ‘sets’
    I also use this on multicoloured garments, using several different colour buttons to match or clash with the fabric- it can look really cool!
    My favourite example of deliberate mismatching is on this Style Arc ‘Twiggy’ Dress, where I just went with the monochrome theme, and found three totally different buttons. https://i.imgur.com/fZBUUe1.jpg

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  3. Linda (ACraftyScrivener) says:

    I never have the ‘right’ buttons either! I love the detail you put in the insides, it will make you smile when you wear it

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  4. Sis says:

    Put 7 different grey buttons on your cardigan – why do all the buttons have to be the same? Like dementedfairy I do that from time to time when I am in the mood. If the buttons were given to you by your mum some may be from your gran’s button jar so don’t give them away – they are special even if there are never enough of the same kind.
    Great cardi BTW very versatile

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  5. ellegeemakes says:

    Nice sweater! I have lots of mismatched buttons and the last time I visited Anthropologie and looked at ready to wear sweaters and tops, I noticed how many times they mix and match buttons. When they do it,it looks artsy and fabulous, so why can’t we?

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  6. You could spend 2 days ‘sorting’ the buttons and you’ll be surprised how many are in fact the same. I threaded them on some topstitching thread and donated them to a craft charity – having kept the ones that appealed of course!! Lovely cardi, it suits you well.
    Do you ever see that nasty nylon stuff that ladies of a certain age used to knit coat hanger covers out of? Well I bought a roll and that’s what I use in the shoulder seam. It’s light as a feather, strong and almost imperceptible. Wandered down this path after a run in with clear elastic in the shoulder seam – eeeuch! x

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  7. That’s a great pattern, and the print is wonderful! I have used special looking buttons as the first button, the used plainer ones down the front, especially with a print, and with a plain cardi or blouse, you can always use the buttons as the trim. I also like using buttons as embellishment on pillows or little bags or Christmas ornaments, sometimes on a homemade card too. Maybe one of those ideas will help you think of more ways to use them.

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  8. I think the majority of people who sew will sympathise with your button situation. I’m another who uses mismatched buttons occasionally on a garment. Go wild!

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  9. If you asked Mom to pick some buttons for you out of the button box you’d have 7 buttons in no time. They might not match but they’d “do” (at least in her opinion). All kidding aside sometimes mismatched buttons look really cool.

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  10. Beautiful fabric choice for your cardi. If you come across any drop dead styles that use just one button, let me know! I have tins of interesting but lonely ones.

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