More fun with this pattern – As mentioned in my last post (here), I really did tweak my short cardi draft and cut out a new version in this wonderful polka dot sweatshirt fabric. I wish I had more of this! I was working with about 1 yard, and I just couldn’t wrest out the sleeves.
A look at the pattern with which I’m working:
And my goal, a short buttoned cardi similar to the Ready to Sew Jamie cardi:
I think I’m in love with lightweight sweatshirt fabric. It’s perfect for this topper. (midweight french terry would work as well).
An unbuttoned look”
A few notes:
- I used a button/snap combo for closure. No, I’m not going to put buttonholes in this fabric!
- On the right side, 5/8″ Toronto horn buttons from Wawak.
Underneath, and on the left side, #4 snaps.
This button and snap combo works great, because they are the same size. In my future, a search for metal snaps in colors, something other than black or nickel…
- To hem the sleeve, I just serged the edge, turned it under 5/8″, and topstitched it. A double-fold hem would be too bulky.
- A note on interfacing – any knit facing or band will try to grow when it’s handled. I interface my knit facings with tricot knit fusible, which works really well. To combat stretching, I put my pattern piece on the ironing board, lay the facing/band on top and adjust it to the pattern (a little steam can help), and then apply the fusible. I want to end up with facings that fit!
- You can also stabilize edges with strips of knit interfacing, particularly curved or angled cuts, if your fabric is shifty.
Since I’m on a short cardi kick, here’s another idea. McCalls 6803 is a great candidate for anyone who doesn’t want to draft and draft and draft…just shorten it!
What next…well, I ordered some heathered rose jersey for a long version of M7476, and it should be here soon. I’m also toying with the idea of a knit wrap dress. I have Christine Johnson’s wrap dress pattern, and some cute jersey. Most of all, I’m looking for more polka dot sweatshirt fabric!
Parting shot: I’m cold today – we got down to 50 degrees last night, and my house is chilly. Here’s a pic of the sweatshirt-styled topper I made last month with jersey knit and M7634, unembellished… It feels great and is on my ‘I need more’ list.
Bye for now – Coco