Here is the first of my fabrics from the Expo – a cozy cardigan. I set to work on this one as soon as I got home on Saturday evening. This is the knit that looks and feels like a jersey on the right side but is fuzzy like a sweatshirt on the inside, while still being light as a feather. Turns out it’s warm and cozy as can be while it feels like I’m wearing nothing at all. Though I’ll have to check back on that warm part – today it was in the 80’s. I ditched the cardi as soon as the camera was put away. Seems I can’t win with planning my sewing projects with the seasons. But around here we say that if you don’t like the weather, just wait for tomorrow.
For this one I started out with my favorite knit sweater (RTW, not handmade) because I like the fit and style of it. Without wanting to damage my sweater and certainly not disassemble it, I carefully pinned it to my pattern paper and traced around it. I noticed it is no longer symmetrical and was rather wonky at the seams from much love but I managed to even everything out on paper.
I added seam allowances and spent a while wrapping my brain around how to convert a knitted sweater into a cut fabric garment. I had to add facings at the center fronts, add hems at the bottom and sleeves, and work out a collar band piece for the neckline.
The original sweater buttons all the way down the front but I don’t think I’ve ever used anything but the top button. I decided to leave it with just one vintage pearly button at the top and I love the way it looks. I was going for more of a polished cardigan look rather than a frumpy sweatshirt. Mission accomplished.