Sunday, October 14, 2012

Fractured Knit Cardi - Convention 2012

This was the other 2 day workshopI attended at the ASG Convention, the Fractured Knits Cardi and after Suzanne described the workshop on Sunday night I did wonder why I had challenged myself to be arty, when that is so far from my usual style.

The workshop started with us getting our cardigan pattern to fit our individual shapes.  Most of the ladies worked with Kwik.Sew patterns 2759 or 2948 and I used Jalie 2566.

The weekend before the Convention I traced off Size S (6) and then did my standard adjustments to this pattern, as it was quite clear to me from the Burda cardigan that they were necessary no matter what pattern I use.

My standard adjustments are:
  • Round shoulder
  • High round back
  • Sway back
  • Gaposis on the front neckline
I then pinned together my pattern for Suzanne to do a tissue fit, thankfully the adjustments I had done were correct and we then did:
  • 1cm FBA
  • Removed 4cm from the length of the sleeve
  • Added 1cm to the sleeve from the elbow to the hem as the sleeves are very tight.
Front - FBA, gaposis and round shoulder
Back - Round Shoulder, high round back and sway back
Sleeve -  4cm taken off length and width added 
Our requirement list for this workshop asked us to take to Convention:
  • Approximately 1-2mts of a two way stretch knit fabric in a base colour that you like.
  • A selection of coordinating knit fabric scraps (again two way stretch) from your stash e.g. 60cm will give you a sleeve, 30cm a yoke etc.
Luckily when I was in Puyallup I purchased a bundle of fabrics from Marcy Tilton that all coordinated so I had these as well as some brown Mercury Jersey and this is where the challenge really started for me.

Once Suzanne determined that I was going to have an arty cardigan (instead of classic) she so kindly worked out my fabric placings and suggested a design, which I was very happy with.

At this point, Suzanne suggests you trace off your pattern using your new style lines and we had chosen to add a princess seam to my design so the FBA I did gave me the perfect line to add this once I smoothed out the curve, added seam allowances to each piece, so I have a full set of pattern pieces for this version of Jalie 2566 which I have called "Marcy".

Front with princess seam and seam allowances added
Back with princess seam and seam allowances added
I then proceeded to cut out all my fabric pieces which concluded Day 1 and Day 2 was for construction and checking the fit as the day progressed.

Suzanne also very generously provided us as part of the workshop a set of extensive notes as well as patterns for the various collars, pockets and frills that she has used on her own cardigans and it was one of the collars that I used for this cardigan.

Unfortunately I didn't finish the Cardi at Convention, it still needed the zip, collar and cuffs to be done and this was done during this week and at my ASG Group at The Remnant Warehouse last Saturday.

And finally ....





This was an excellent workshop, I have a cardigan pattern that fits and I am loving my new cardigan.

 


23 comments:

BeaJay said...

That's fantastic! Love the combination of fabrics and particularly love the stripes down the zipper edge. Looks great.

velosewer said...

This so much better than rtw.

Ruth said...

How lucky you are to have all these sewing workshops to choose from - you obviously get a lot from them . Lovely cardigan and perfect choice of fabrics.

Judith said...

WOW!!! Soooo original...and you have a brilliant fitting cardi pattern to use time after time as well. The fabrics all work together and are very flattering on you - super effort!!!

Sew Hopefull said...

How funny. I was just reading your blog post at the same time you were commenting over on my blog (thanks heaps!). I really liked this post especially the pics of your adjusted pattern, really useful to see the adjustments as I have similar fitting issues (only I need a SBA not a FBA). The finished Cardi looks fab. Love it! And I'm totally with velosewer: leaves RTW for dust.

Sew Hopefull said...

How funny. I was just reading your blog post at the same time you were commenting over on my blog (thanks heaps!). I really liked this post especially the pics of your adjusted pattern, really useful to see the adjustments as I have similar fitting issues (only I need a SBA not a FBA). The finished Cardi looks fab. Love it! And I'm totally with velosewer: leaves RTW for dust.

shams said...

That looks great, Sharon! A really nice arty cardy!

Alison said...

It looks fabulous Sharon. You have a very talented photographer too! ;)

Dilliander said...

Fabulous combo of fabrics and a fabulous cardi, great job!

Lena Merrin said...

Very good looking cardigan Sharon :)

angebindi said...

Lovely work Sharon - your cardie looks great and totally unique!

kbenco said...

How nice to see a fun,arty cardigan that also fits beautifully. It looks terrific.

Carolyn said...

An interesting and beautiful combination of fabrics; i love the earthy colour and the fit is spot on :)

gwensews said...

That's a snazzy cardi. Looks great. Good for you, stepping outside your comfort zone, and still making something you will wear. Although it's "artsy", it still is in your color palette.

Yvonne Bennett said...

Wow! That's just gorgeous and the fit is perfection indeed.

Beverly said...

Love your fabric combinations!

Mary said...

I have long admired your style and sewing...and with this cardi, I'll continue to check out your blog for inspiration. I like the patterns used, and the fact that you have used them for a outer piece with solids below. Very pretty.

Sue said...

Great fabric choices - looks fab!

Diana said...

A great creation Sharon. I love it!

SewRuthie said...

Sharon, that's great. It works really well.

Gail said...

What a great cardigan. I have loads of small quantities of jersey and should get creative with them.

Zoe said...

That's FANTASTIC! You are SUCH an inspirational sewer xx

Vicki said...

That worked out really well. Love the combo of fabrics and it is not too "artsy". Great with the jeans. I made something similar many years ago but not as nice. Mine is now long gone. I used lace at the back and it fell apart :(