So even though it has a cool summer vibe, I knew it would work paired with a sleeveless turtleneck for fall/winter.
Dusty Blue/Navy Graduated Stripes Wool/Lycra Jersey Knit purchased from Fabric Mart during one of the recent sales.
Ltwt. Fusible Interfacing from Fashion Supply Group
It was the fabric that drew me in and called to be made into this cardigan. I knew I didn't want a plain/ordinary cardigan. It was all about pattern piece placement to bring out the beauty of this stripe...especially since everyone says that horizontal stripes don't work on plus size bodies.
Design and Construction Details ~
I chose how I wanted the stripes to work on the cardigan and then I cut each piece out separately. It was important that the main blue stripe was across the bustline.
Laying the cardigan front and facing out
After the pieces were cut out, I laid them next to each other to confirm
that the stripes matched all the way across
Actual construction of the cardigan is simple. I even inserted the sleeves flat instead of in the round like the pattern suggests. Although there were a lot of pins involved so that the stripes would match when the cardigan was sewn together.
I omitted the elastic piece on the back of the cardigan. Not for any particular reason because I cut the piece out. It's just that when I tried the cardigan on I liked the flow of it and left it off.
It's also closed with a pin from my pin collection. That will be changed. My daughter was here and I wanted some pictures taken during her visit. So I quickly finished the cardigan and realized as I was hemming it that I'd omitted the ties.
When I bought this fabric, I bought way more than I needed to match the stripes and to make a top to go under the cardigan. I haven't made the top yet so will add the ties to the cardigan before I shoot it with the matching top.
A few pictures of the cardigan ~
I'm thinking about making another one this winter, however, I will definitely make a spring/summer version in a lightweight knit. I really like that you can make this in a couple of lengths, that future versions could have the elasticized back so that each one is different, and that various fabrics can change the vibe of the look. If you made all four pieces, it would be a great weekend/vacay look for any season.
One more shot of the cardigan ~
...as always more later!