Well I finally got a good picture wearing my new cardigan with the matching pants and original wrap top I made last year. Admittedly, this is the second time wearing this ensemble since I finished the cardigan two weeks ago. I first wore it to the movies and then again to a volunteer working meeting at the community center. It turned out to be very appropriate for each occasion, considering I actually thought it was too casual for the volunteer meeting and way to dressy for the movies. Not to mention, I thought it would be too hot each time. I wore it with the sleeves drawn up for the indoor activity, and for the movies it actually kept me warm. Of course, when I got back outside, I had to remove the cardigan all together. Turns out it handled pretty well since the fabric didn’t wrinkle like I thought it would.
The cardigan is part of a wardrobe pattern ensemble that I worked on during a recent wardrobe challenge with my online and IRL sewing groups. I don’t know why I took so long to make the right topper for this outfit. I knew I wanted to use this strip as compliment for these pants, I just couldn’t figure the right look. I originally sketched up a look and sewed up a top that went south really fast….a sheer DUD!!! PLEASE…LAUGH your head off. I’m good with that, it looks good on the skinny super tall model. Another reason to understand how your body relates to different looks.
I started with my basic alterations: (The tissue fitting video is here.)
- 3/4″ Swayback
- 1.5″ FBA using the pivot and slide on the front and also on the side seam.
- 1.5″ large bicep for the sleeve using the pivot and slide method again. (I just love some pivot and sliding.)
- For the hip if increased in the center back as well as the sides and front. I also lengthened the entire thing to balance.
- The shoulders were lowered by 1/4″ at the shoulder point and the sleeve cap ease was shimmied off about 3/8″. I like the roomy sleeves and the fact there is not to much cap.
|Youtube Video Tutorial: How to sew in knit sleeves.|
After my last cardigan, which I haven’t worn much since I made it, except on a cruise…I felt I would consider this length and see if it was something I would wear before making anymore. The jury is in!!! I WILL definitely be making more cardigans. Will it be this version, I’m not really sure. Although, I do like this style, I am more interested in having one with pockets. I may redesign this one to add some of the details I would like. That makes sense, especially after making all these adjustments. What say you to other ideas for designing cardigans or “toppers?’