Sunday, October 26, 2014

Accent Cardigan

I love cardigans and it so hard to find ones that I really like.

So when I saw this amazing sweater knit fabric in Adelaide in 2012 it just had to come home with me.

Blue, caramel, cream, rust, brown sweater knit
The next decision was how I was going to make this work with Jalie 2566 as my previous versions here and here are made from knits that are a lot thinner.

I decided to do the following:
  • Not add the neck band facing at this would be too bulky, so I added 3.5cm to the neck edge.
  • As this knit does not have a lot of stretch, I added 1cm to the side seams as well as the sleeve seams.
The cardigan was sewn with navy thread on my trusty 4 thread Singer Overlocker and to keep the seams flat I whipped stitched them down.

 the colour is really wrong in this photo!
and now they are almost invisible in the cardigan


To finish the neck edge I fused some 2.5cm wide stabilising tape to the edge and then sewed some purchased bias binding, turning it to the wrong side and hand stitching it in place.


The lovely ladies at All Buttons Great and Small at Newtown found these gorgeous buttons for me and then I again purchased the buttonholes again from Mick at Quick Buttonhole Service at Alexandria.

and finally,


I've realised I need some new necklaces that will fill the "v" for when I want to wear the cardigan buttoned up.




This cardigan has turned exactly how I wanted it to.  I'm not sure how much wear it will get this year now that Summer has arrived with haste!


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2014 Stash Out: 32.2 m
2014 Stash In: 48.75 m

19 comments:

Sew, Jean Margaret said...

Your cardigan has turned out very well Sharon. Those colours will fit in beautifully with the rest of your wardrobe. I'm sure you will wear this one a lot, even if you have to wait for the cooler weather to return next year.

L said...

What a great idea to finish the inside with bias tape instead of a facing. I like that and will definitely try it. Thanks for sharing!

Faye Lewis said...

Love this fabric - you made a beautiful cardigan.

Beverly said...

I really love your cardigan! The fabric is beautiful & you picked the perfect pattern.I like the bias binding & the buttons.

BeaJay said...

That is a gorgeous cardigan. I would be happy to pay top dollar for something that unique and well made.. not to mention that fabric. Definite fabric envy. Great work on those seams. The whole outfit looks fantastic together.

SewRuthie said...

Oh that is just FAB!!!!

Therese said...

Lovely cardie Sharon! Looks just fabulous.
By the way, I bought Vogue Pattern 1247 for the skirt since I really liked your blue one.

Alison said...

Great work on that cardi. That fabric is just perfect for your wardrobe. Like Beajay I have fabric envy.

sarahlizsewstyle said...

Absolutely perfect colours for you - no wonder you snapped this fabric up. I agree, the bias band inside is a great trick - one I am going to borrow, if you don't mind :)

Paola said...

I recently bought the new Gertie book which has a few sweater knit patterns in it which interest me, so seeing this cardigan is very inspiring. And the fabric is just perfect.

KathyS said...

Lovely cardigan, the colours are definitely your colours. I love your buttons too.

yoshimi said...

This cardigan looks fabulous on you! I really love the fabric you chose, and I love how you executed the cardigan as well. Great job!!

Carol said...

Gorgeous cardigan! I love the fabric and it really suits you. Thanks for the Quick Buttonhole Service info! I'll be making use of this in the not too distant future!

Gail said...

Nice cardigan. Lets hope the weather cools down again so that you can wear it.

Kristy Chan said...

Gorgeous cardie Sharon, might come in handy in your office even during our summer? And I notice that you're only a few projects away from your fabric in equalling the fabric out (if you stop buying more fabric of course!)

Irene said...

Oh, what a wonderful cardigan! I do hope that you will get lots and lots of wear out of it.

Audrey said...

Such a pretty cardigan. Choosing a simple style really highlights the fabric color and texture. I am sure you will wear this often.

Diana said...

Oh wow! great fabric and cardi ! I'm obsessed with them too right now!

O. Jolly said...

Pretty cardigan! Isn't it great when it turns out exactly the way you want!