Sweater coats? Long cardigans? Coatigans? What shall we call the trend that is taking RTW and the sewing world by storm? I am drooling over Stephanie’s long cardi…Named has a new “maxi cardigan“… Style Arc offers a few options… and I blame Michelle for making me NEED the new Hot Patterns coat! (I’ve never been all the interested in HP before, so truly, the coatigan bug has bit me hard!)
It all began so innocently… I got a hair cut, and wandered over to the discount fashion store nearby (Winners, for Canadians)… I bought a computer bag for work and causally looked through the cosy sweaters. Pretty soon, I was in the change room taking pics of me in 5 different long sweaters, a look that’s never really interested me before! To my surprise, I fell in love with one – a lovely French Grey (or that’s what my Prismacolour pencil crayons would call it, but I guess it’s taupe) merino wool sweater by Cynthia Rowley!
A few days later, I went back and it became mine.
Isn’t it nice? I like how clean the neckline is, and how the sleeves and shoulder fit perfectly. The width is just right, too – I can hold it closed over my hips and bust with no overlap, which means it looks neither too tight nor too baggy. It’s the first RTW I’ve bought in a year. For $50, you can tell I’m pleased! :) Of course, I went straight home and traced it so I could make more!
This version is just a cheap sweatshirt knit. It doesn’t drape as nicely as the wool sweater fabric, but it’s not bad for a first attempt! I wasn’t really sure how to trace the sleeves, so these are in fact Renfrew sleeves with some slashing and spreading. I can tell the upper arm is a bit tight, and it pulls on the upper bodice, but that’s an easy fix.
(Sidenote: The little pink stone heart earrings I’m wearing here were some of my first earrings as a child. I have a really clear memory of looking at them in a glass case in the jewellery store while on vacation around age 10. I remember they seemed so special and indulgent, and I felt so giddy and lucky when my parents bought them for me!)
The neck and front are finished with a facing, which I top-stitched on the coverstitch. I was so proud of myself for carefully hand-winding matching thread onto a second spool so the top-stitching would disappear… and totally forgot that the taupe I left in the bottom looper would show whenever the coat opened!
Of course, a coat can’t be worn alone, so I’m trowing in a couple of other recent projects with it… starting with a second attempt to make these RTW jeans stay in place!
I bought them last year, and put in a few darts, but they always slide down. In a fit of wanting more jeans but not wanting to do topstitching, I pulled these out of the donation bag and attached an elastic waistband! It’s basically the same waistband I put on Ginger jeans or Elle pants – A long rectangle of fabric with the elastic zigzagged on, then topstitched on at the top of the pants. You can see I took the jeans button off because it was in the way – this method will only work if you can pull the pants on, of course! This method works well if you want to add to the rise AND have elastic to hold things up and in place… on IG some people suggested unpicking the jeans waistband and inserting elastic inside it, which seems like a slow but nicely invisible way to do it.
And next, a Comino Cap tee! But what’s far more exciting is – LOOK! LOOK! I took pictures on the street!!!!!!!
It felt so strange and I really had to psych myself up first. Most of these pics were taking in a little parking lot just off the street while I tried to bolster my courage… then as I walked back to the car, I had the camera already set and on the tripod, so I plopped it down and took 10 pics really fast. Baby steps, right? I really love the depth of the background blurring away in the distance – I can suddenly see why fashion bloggers love a street style shot!
(Let’s be real here – I chose a one-way street with very little traffic, in a particularly yuppie corner of my small city downtown. If it were anywhere more crowded I would definitely need a photographer so my camera would not be in danger!)
Are you interested in the long cardigan trend? Or is it reminding you too much of the last time it was popular- when was that? Late 90’s, early 2000’s? Have any other fall trends caught your eye this year?
ps. I have already bought fabric for my next version – it will be red jaquard double knit with knit trim!