Paro Cardigan in distressed French terry

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I enjoyed my tattoo Itch to Stitch Paro Cardigan so much during my Christmas visit with my son in Orlando – time to make another one.

Just to shake things up a bit, I used a ‘distressed’ poly/rayon/lycra French terry from Fabric Mart. What an adventure, this is truly a funky fabric.

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Distressed – the loop side is actually the front side, and it has patches of deconstructed threads, similar to distressed jeans.

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This made for some interesting sewing challenges đŸ™‚

  • Before I did any sewing, I staystiched the cut threads on the edges of the pattern pieces. Using a ‘helper’ (my double hole threader) really helped.
  • I had to be gentle with the fabric to avoid catching the threads unintentionally. And I used a lot of basting since pins slipped out so easily.

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  • I decided to face the waistband with a lightweight woven fabric. Here’s a view before the facing – notice the drooping. It really bugged me.
  • After adding the facing – much better, and I like the added weight:

More pics:

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Update on my techno-gadgets: I took these photos with my new iPhone, first time! I haven’t conquered the subtleties of the camera, but I love the quality of the pics. It was also the first time I used my Arkon tripod phone adapter. This thing is really neat and so easy to use!!

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My dear boy turned 50 on Friday. Proud mom here…

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Bye for now – Coco

 

14 thoughts on “Paro Cardigan in distressed French terry

  1. I think this cardi with distress fabric is really cool! I like that you are trying out the iPhone camera, pics look good to me. Thanks for sharing all the details of how you managed sewing this fabric.

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