It’s been pretty slow-going, and I’m not sure why. I have plenty of time to sew, just haven’t had the mojo. Another hobby of mine is genealogy, and I’ve been preoccupied with it lately. When you start finding folks in your family lineage that were famous at the time of the American Revolution, it’s hard to let it go.
I did finish the fifth piece of my travel wardrobe/six pac. I’m not sure this one will actually make it into the suitcase for a couple of reasons, but it was a good learning experience. A year ago at Sew Expo, Puyallup, I took Marcy Tilton’s “Arty Cardi” class. As is typical of me, it took a year to actually apply that knowledge to my sewing.
I started out with a Katherine Tilton pattern that I’ve made before, as a regular t-shirt, and transformed the pattern into a cardigan. This is the original pattern from Vogue:
This is the process I used to make this t-shirt into a cardigan:
1. I made copies of the fronts (it has a princess seam coming out from the sleeve, so there were two front pieces) and back pieces.
2. I drew in the center front line, added 2 3/4″ to the center front, and drew the fold line 5/8″ from the center front (see below left).
3. I added 1/2″ at the side seams (see above right)
4. I deepened the armhole 1/2″ (see below)
5. After cutting out the fabric, I interfaced the center fronts from the fold line to the edge to stabilized for the buttons and buttonholes.
6. I made the buttonholes before adding the neckband.
Here is the final cardigan again:
The reason why I’m not in love with it? The fabric is too thin for a cardi. It just doesn’t feel right. Also, the top buttonhole is too far down, which makes the front center neckline gape. Live and learn. Again.