BurdaStyle 7184 waterfall cardi…

Well, there’s nothing like just jumping in and sewing a muslin with corded velvet knit!

But it was only $1.80/yard – which makes this a $2.50 project 🙂

I got the fabric from Fabric Mart two years ago, thinking of a midi-length sweater coat, something kind of boho. But I just couldn’t settle on a patten. It has just been decorating my stash ever since. Rather nicely, I must say, since it doesn’t wrinkle. It’s been rolled, tossed, pulled out and thrown back in, and not a wrinkle in sight.

Finally, I took it out and gave it a real appraisal. I was going sew it or donate it – it was kind of bugging me that I would buy fabric and not use it.

Then I realized that it would make a great waterfall cardi – it’s drapey, the color is really pretty, and it’s light enough that I’ll actually wear it in our winter months.

On to patterns. I made a cascade cardi from the Grainline Lark tee earlier this year, and it has a nice little funky vibe. But I wanted something with raglan sleeves, a higher start to the cascade, and very little else. Picky.

A search on the web turned up a gazillion variations on this style. It’s a good thing I like to research patterns…

Finally – BurdaStyle 7184. It has clean lines:

Nice sleeves and cascade:

A clean-finish neckline and front edge:

And bonus pockets for those who can’t live without them. It’s also designed for knits!

I got the PDF version from SewingPatterns.com, which meant printing it from the sometimes finicky PrintSew site. But I today I found it on BurdaStyle as pattern 08/2011 #117D. Printing from the BurdaStyle site is so easy – wish I’d seen it there first!


Some sewing notes:

  • I sewed size 12, View B, but only after some prodigious flat-measuring on the pattern. I could not find finished garment measurements anywhere, and I was torn between size 10 and size 12. Since I did all that work, I’ll share. For reference, I’m 5’7″, 36″-31″-42″, and have an 11″ upper arm.

    Finished garment measurements, in inches:                        10                       12

    Width at bustline, waist, and hip from CF to CF                35 1/4                 37 1/4
    Cascade width at bustline and waist, each side                 9 1/2                   9 1/2
    Upper arm width                                                                13 7/8                 14 3/8
    Sleeve width at hem                                                           8 1/2                    8 7/8
    Back length from top of neckline with 5/8″ hem                 32 3/4                  33
  • I used a piece of cotton calico, cut on the bias, for the back neck facing. It adds a lot more stability than a piece of the knit fabric would have done. Also, I lowered it by 3/8″ at center back, to remove a slight roll below the neckline.
  • No pockets, because my fabric is just too stretchy for them. Maybe in another version…
  • I used 5/8″ seam allowances everywhere. This is one advantage of the PDF I used – it included seam allowances. The version available on BurdaStyle does not.
  • I also used a 5/8″ hem, which matches the front edges. The cardi would be a lot shorter with the suggested 1 3/8″ hem allowance.
  • One caution: the sleeves might be short on some people. My arms a not long, and I used a scant 1″ hem. However – and this is amazing, not often seen – the sleeve has lengthen/shorten lines for both the upper/armscye area and the area below the armscye. 
My flash went off on the next pic – it’s not really this shiny or this purply color! But it’s the only back view I have. I love the way this lies in the back and across my shoulders, and I think a lot of credit goes to the two-piece sleeve. 

Great cardi, and worn with a new pair of Love Notions Sabrina Slims.
Ciao! Coco

28 thoughts on “BurdaStyle 7184 waterfall cardi…

  1. Thanks, Carolyn. I'm blushing…my hair color was an incredibly, unexpectedly good decision! But I love your red hair, always wanted it for myself. So sassy and unique 🙂

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  2. This is a really lovely cardigan! I like the waterfall fronts and LOVE the colour on you! I agree that you look fantastic! I'm wondering now if “my” colours are going to change as my hair colour (gradually!) goes natural too?!

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  3. Gorgeous cardi! I truly love this color on you, it gives you a real pretty healthy glow! (Like you've been sunning on the beach!). I've never heard of or seen corded velvet and love it! Great work on this cardi for sure!

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  4. This is really a pretty fabric and works so well on you and the pattern you chose. I luv the surprises from Fabric Mart. I think I'm addicted. But I've never tried the .com you used. hmmm. Your whole ensemble looks fabulous. And the rock star hair.

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  5. Thanks, Jenny! The shorter version should be great in lightweight. I've been thinking about what fabric to use in my next one (I never sew one of anything!) and might try a lightweight ponte di roma.

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  6. Thanks, Theresa. Can you believe that fabric price? I expected the fabric to be flawed or awful – this was just lucky. And yes – I can see myself wearing this pattern as a robe!

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  7. thanks so much, Diana! the 'new look' has been really energizing – I love my gray hair! Always thought I'd feel old, but instead I feel younger!

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  8. Thank you, Lisa! I don't usually wear 'brown' so this was a happy surprise. And it's amazing how much a hair color change switches things up. I feel more inclined to use color eye shadows now, which is fun!

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  9. Thank so much, Ruth. I thought of you and your lovely AC work when I was making this. Would be interesting! And the fabric was fun to sew, something different.

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  10. Thank you, Mary. I agree – the way the cascade falls makes such a difference. I like this one because the first fold is up higher, and I think it might work better for petites. It also comes with cutting lines for a shorter version. And the extra adjustment lines in the sleeves are interesting…

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  11. This is a great look on you, and I was very interested in the detailed review of this pattern. I love waterfall cardis but it is hard to find one sized correctly for petites.

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  12. Agree with the others that this gorgeous cardi really makes your hair color 'pop'! When I let my hair go natural from an auburn brunette, it was so strange to re-program my thinking from 'warms' to 'cools', especially in makeup. Still struggle with that a bit. You look fantastic!

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  13. This is gorgeous on you and the colour, which is rich and luxurious suits you very well. I think I might have a go at the shorter version of this pattern so thank you for pointing it out on the Burda site. I have a nice lightweight jersey which I don't think would be heavy enough for the long version.

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  14. Thank you, Bunny. I've been startled by how much my hair color change effects my color preferences. My home colors – art, accessories, linens, etc. – are predominantly warm colors, always have been, so I guess this was being hidden by my hair dye! And best part – a good reason to sew and replace some things that don't suit me now 🙂

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  15. I just want to say that I love your natural colored hair. It looks particularly wonderful with the color of your lovely cardi. We don't usually see you in these warm tones and it really becomes you.

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