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Butterick 4757 copyright 1990s

Every now and then you just need to try sewing something fun! This is a 1990s pattern from a Butterick line called Busybodies.

Hammer Time!  1990s pattern in knit from Clear It and soft denim

Fortunately Clare was happy for me to give this a try. I figured we may as well go the full works – pants and top!

Hammer Time!  1990s pattern in knit from Clear It and soft denim

The fabric is a printed knit from Clear It. There is only one pattern piece for the pants – the front and back are the same. With all those gathers and that majorly dropped crotch, it works fine that way!

Hammer Time!  1990s pattern in knit from Clear It and soft denim

As it turns out – perhaps unsurprisingly – Clare has deemed these pants a little too “intense” and hasn’t actually worn them. Bummer! I reckon they would be super comfortable. The top however has entered fairly regular wardrobe rotation.

1990s Butterick pattern in knit from Clear It

The wide cropped style is actually rather current and works really well with high-waisted bottoms.  These photos were taken last summer, and it is likely that the crop could be a little shorter than Clare’s prefers by the time this summer rolls around again.

1990s Butterick pattern in knit from Clear It

The back is meant to close with two buttons and button holes, but in this knit they weren’t needed. I’m not really a bit fan of buttons on the back of garments, tops in particular – they can be awkward to fasten and often stick into you when you lean back on a chair.  The facings were secured with twin needle stitching that also provided a nice detail.

Hammer Time!  1990s pattern in knit from Clear It and soft denim

I also tried the top in a woven (as per the pattern). I used chambray from stash, placing the sleeve edges on the frayed selvedge, and used pink cotton from stash for the facings. It still went over Clare’s head without fastenings, so I added a pink button as a detail as well as using a triple stitch to secure the facings.

Hammer Time!  1990s pattern in knit from Clear It and soft denim

Interestingly, I haven’t really seen her wear this top much. She says it’s because most of her bottoms are denim, and she doesn’t want to do double denim.  It does work really well with the hammer pants though! Maybe the younger child will be happy to wear these once they are passed down – or maybe not. Either way, it was a fun exploration of an old pattern.

1990s Butterick pattern in knit from Clear It

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6 thoughts on “Butterick 4757 copyright 1990s

  1. The pants are very like Style Arc Ethel, I think it is and I understand Clare’s ambivalence. They look lovely but you can be uncomfortable in comfortable. 🙄

  2. Courteney bought a few pairs of pants in this style back from India a few years ago with plans of wearing them. They didn’t however end up being worn at all except for her school photograph (she is going to love that one in a few years). I have kept the fabric to make into something worthy at some point.

  3. I used to have a white knit pair of thesenn trousers – I wore them a lot at home but only once ventured outside in them! I imagine if they were in a solid colour they might have got more wear.

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