And now for a more modern cardigan (pattern is copyright 2013) – McCalls 6844. It has been very popular on pattern review, with 63 reviews. I wanted the pattern NOW! (and cheaply), so I used sewingpatterns.com to get a downloadable version. As I am not a big peplum fan and wouldn’t be needing those big semicircular pieces, I thought this would be a fairly easy one to print out and piece together and I was right.
This is my second make for sew stretchy (the monthly stitch).
I picked up the fabric while away for a weekend recently, searching for fabric stores I’d never visited. It is heavy on the poly but I’m not sure how else to describe it. It’s not a double knit, spongy and reasonably open knit but doesn’t fray. It was a 2m remnant – with a big square and a big circle out of one corner (quality control sampling?). That limited me to the shorter version A but it is plenty long enough. I like the subtle high-low hem and subtle shaping in the sides seams. I love the fabric – the neckband feels like a snuggly scarf and the colour makes me happy – I love a variegated fabric like this.
Construction was straight forward, but like most reviewers I set the sleeves in flat and I didn’t use interfacing on the neckband. (btw – I found a tutorial on the low price fabric blog while I was looking at other people’s versions). I used a straight stitch on my machine with my walking foot, which worked well on multiple layers of the lofty fabric. I then overlocked the seams. The sleeve hemming I did before sewing up the side seams and then I hemmed the bottom. For hemming I used a twin needle and walking foot.
The skirt is simplicity 2152 (sewn last winter)
pattern: McCalls 6844 (from sewingpatterns.com)
fabric: knit from Brian’s Fabrics and Accessories (Warana, Qld)
I am reading this at the moment and enjoying it very much (the section markers are little thread spools!):
Have you ever read any good ‘sewing’ fiction?