What could be better than marine creatures all over a cardigan! I fell for this cotton knit fabric the moment I saw it on Girl Charlee, way back in May, and I grabbed both prints in this colorway. I was lucky – the Sea Life print is gone, and only a few yards remain of the Hideway Flowers.
Girl Charlee’s description: From designer clothing line Fresh Produce comes this high quality garment dyed botanical floral print cotton jersey knit…Fabric is pre-shrunk, soft, …medium weight with a small stretch.
It really is pretty beefy and is very similar to lightweight French terry knit. Cute, right?
So, back to the cardigan, one of my favorite patterns of all time, McCalls 6461. This is the 5th time I’ve sewn a variation of View C, and bad on me, I’ve never written about it.
Sad part – it’s out of print, but I see it on Ebay and Etsy from time to time.
The pattern is simple: cut-on sleeves and a hemmed neckline. I’ve always squared off the front edges, which makes it even easier to sew. For this version, rather than hem the neckline, I decided to attach a 1″ wide neckband.
Notes on the neckband:
- I trimmed 5/8″ off the neckline all the way around, and reshaped the back neckline to be a little concave.
- I have very square/level shoulders, so I also adjusted the fit before I added the neckband.
- I cut a 4″ wide neckband with the grainline along the length of the band, not across it. And folded it in half, wrong sides together, and serged it to the neckline.
- Suggestion: if you piece a neckband, use a diagonal seam to reduce bulk and ‘hide’ the seam.
- Other changes for this version: I added 2″ to the length and used 3/4 length sleeves.
Here’s a pic of version I sewed in 2014 and still enjoy wearing. It’s a very light and stretchy tri-blend cotton jersey, so I simply hemmed the neckline.
And a muslin I did recently, using View B. I’m thinking it would make a great shrug to wear over sleeveless dresses. Ignore the fabric please – it’s French terry and is way too heavy for the bottom curve.
I’m so pleased with this cardigan and with the success of the neckband 🙂