I have been trying out cardigan patterns. For summer I need cardigans in my ‘best’ colors due to my tendency to be cold inside air-conditioned buildings.
First I tried a pattern mash-up. I used the base of the Pamela’s Patterns cardigan from the Twin Set pattern (used previously for the navy glitter lace cardigan). I traced the pattern, then traced the front “band” of McCalls 5890 (Sewing with Nancy Knits pattern) onto the edge of the Pamela’s Patterns cardi. I use a red rayon knit. This knit was very thin. It was a recycle use of the fabric from a pullover cape I made at Halloween 2013 to be Little Red Riding Hood. I was not happy with this cardigan – I didn’t like the fabric nor the finishing of the seam at the center back. The front band is cut-on and really needs to be doubled and sewn on so the center back seam is finished – or can be cut on the fold.
The second cardigan was made from a two-sided knit purchased from JoAnn Fabrics in 2013. One side is a black and white horizontal stripe, and the reverse side is a black background with white polkadots. Some people had issues with this fabric, based on posts on Stitchers Guild, but I pre-washed and had no problems. I made the body from the two-sided fabric, and the sleeves from a black ponte knit. I also cut a long strip from the black ponte knit and made a band going around the back neckline and down the fronts. I cut the band at 2 1/4 inches wide, doubled it and sewed it on. I pressed the seams to the inside, then top-sitiched along the front edge. I also added some black ponte faux welts to the front. The fabric seemed too light to include pockets. I wouldn’t use them anyway. Buttons will be added to the front – pictures to follow.
I also made a t-shirt from the fabric – using the striped side out, and the polka dots as a binding around the neckline and armhole. I used the Judy Kessinger t-shirt pattern. I had taken her class at All Brands in June 2013 and made a fuschia ponte t-shirt with a v-neck and flounce along the neckline. Judy suggested I raise the back neck and add some fabric across the back. I traced her pattern, then used my sloper for the neckline and shoulder seams, along with the back armhole. This is actually a little large, and I don’t think I needed the changes to the back neck and armholes. I think the fuschia top fits just fine. This is a ‘twinset’ and even though it is black and white – the white is not too bright. I think the black could pass for a dark navy – so it will stay in the wardrobe.