To my surprise, my first long cardigan has been worn a lot already, so I clearly had to make another!
My first long “coatigan” was traced from a RTW sweater that I bought – well, this one is that same traced pattern, but with an angled centre front inspired by another RTW cardigan I’d tried on at the same store. The two front pieces overlap at the neckline, but angle out to be slightly cut-away below the waist. I also cut back the neckline and added a separate collar piece. I like how it gives a whole new look with very little effort!
Last time the sleeves were a bit narrow in the upper arm, so I slashed and spread a bit more and I think it helped.
The fabric is a polyester double knit jacquard from my local Fabricland. In fact, I’m wearing head-to-toe Fabricland in these pictures – and all from the odd-n-ends remnants bolts they get in. I swear, there are hidden gems there!
The colour in this pic is awful, but I wanted to show the texture and the knit binding that I used to trim it. My inspiration coat had contrast trim, and I wanted to give this stuff a go. It’s pure poly (they have nicer wool stuff, but it’s $$$). It took 4m to trim this sucker, and I didn’t even have enough for the hem! I sewed the trim in 2 steps, like FOE or bias binding. It did stretch out the long front edges a bit, so maybe I should have pulled it tighter as I sewed? It was fun to try something new though.
Underneath is a Mission Maxi tank made with scraps from my Jalie Bella dress. Thank goodness for 4-way stretch rayon knit and a busy print – you can’t even tell the back is cut from 3 different pieces and seamed together!
While I was taking pictures, I thought I’d show you these knit jeggings I made in August. I wouldn’t normally wear them as pants, so I didn’t bother with topstitching or pockets. I used my usual Espresso leggings pattern, but added 2-3 inches width to each leg so that they’d a) look more like jeans and b) avoid the fabric looking lighter where it had to stretch more over my tush! I’m curious how they hold up – will the darker fuzzy side pill quickly, or catch on things and pull?
I actually made a Morris out of this same jegging fabric back in May, which I have never once worn. I just isn’t quite right, even after I took in the shoulders! Maybe I’ll wear it more now that it’s fall?
I took these pictures at City Hall – and thankfully it was cold enough that no kids were playing in the splash pool and fountains! (Because kids in bathing suits are not my ideal backdrop! Hello, creepy.)
I can’t believe September has gone by so quickly! (Oops, gotta write out some fresh cheques for my landlord before Oct 1st!) Work has been pretty demanding (new role, long commute, lots to learn), but I’m really enjoying making time for sewing and blogging over the weekend. I don’t know if any of us ever really manage work/life balance, but it seems important to try!
What are you balancing these days? Anything big on your horizon, sewing or otherwise?