McCalls 6996 – A long cardigan at last!

I’m laughing in this pic – I don’t usually open a post with shot of this side of a garment. But this cardigan has such a cute skirted back!

Cardigans are perfect for Florida winters and trips to the grocery (I get so cold in there). I have a favorite pattern for short ones, but finding a long cardigan has been hard! I just don’t want lots of drapey folds or layered ruffles down my front.

I made View B, which has very nice clean lines, a lovely raised and gathered back neckline, and slim sleeves. The back skirt is slightly flared and beautifully curved right at the waistline.

I sewed a size large in a mini-rib ponte knit from JoAnns. It’s almost a sweater knit, very light. The last of my grey fabric – yea! But I might keep this one, I really like it.

A note on sewing: I used the elastic/lightening stitch on all my seams, and cut/serged them to finish. The shoulders are reinforced with twill tape (I don’t use elastane – allergy). And the hems are simply turned and topstitched. May I say I love my Juki F600 – it sews knits beautifully. I haven’t used steam-a-seam to do hems since I got this machine. And the elastic stitch is perfect. Sigh.
 


My only alteration was to remove a little of the downward slope at the enter front, as shown by my red lines in the line art. The design is a little easier to see on the inside, on Emile:

More pics! I’m also wearing True Bias Hudson pants in black ITY knit – these are like my fuller leg version. They feel like silk, and the poly/rayon knit does not cling to them at all.

Fun project, interesting to sew, and a keeper. Ciao! Coco

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