Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Winter Sewing | I made a wooly cardigan


NewLook 6378 Wool Cardigan


If you haven't noticed with the recent amount of fashion posts, I'm currently pushing through with my fall and winter sewing plans with great determination but I thought it would be a more satisfying experience to start with something fool-proof. Granted, I'm known for biting off more than I can chew in a project and then end up feeling completely frustrated and defeated before I get to the end and leaving the piece in a pile in the corner. This season however I thought things through a little better and decided on this NewLook 6379 cardigan that I can wear right away and would pair well with everything from jeans to a winter skirt. 

THE DETAILS
To take update this summery design for the West-coast I decided on a wool blend sweater knit ($6.99/meter) which just so happen to conveniently match my current colour palette. Dressew, my local fabric shop gets random stock now and then so I try to make a stop every time I am downtown because you never know what treasures await in the depths of the aisles. Now while I don't ever foresee myself taking up knitting, I do love the coziness of sweater knits (hence my ridiculous sweater collection). 


Because this is a very basic design, I decided to use to practice some new skills. Observe my attempt at stabilizing the shoulders with some scavenged grosgrain ribbon which now that I think about it, can easily be used on the outside for the same purpose but adding a sporty look. I've also recently been loving top stitching, since my new machine makes it so much easier with its adjustable needle position function. For a thick knit like this, it also suffices as a raw edge finish since it's not likely to unravel. 

NewLook 6378 Wool Cardigan


Lastly, I am super proud of my first attempt at bias binding! I've seen this technique used frequently by other sewists for a fuss free (read: no facing) quick and polished look on everything from armholes to necklines. Admittedly I was very slow at the pinning and stitching around the entire perimeter of the cardigan but now that it's finished, I can certainly appreciate the effect. 

What's next on my agenda? A couple of pencil skirts which I am not quite looking forward to because of the need for zippers but I've also been really distracted by the need to have a few fitted sweatshirts in my wardrobe. I've just printed out the Seamwork Astoria pattern that needs some taping up. On the other hand I've just cut out the pieces for a faux wrap dress from the Stylish Part Dresses book that looks like it will come together easily. So many lovely things and so little time, sometimes I wish I can sew in my sleep.



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