I love this pattern! I've had it in my pattern collection for approximately ten years. I found it after trying a couple of Big 4 twinset patterns that just did not work for me. I started using it when I was working in a business casual atmosphere. After finally deciding that my work style would be twinsets and bottoms (pants/skirts), this pattern became a star because it helped me to create a "look" that worked well for my body type yet gave me a polished and professional look for any job occasion.
Of course, my journey to a well-fitted TNT Pattern took me through several renditions of Burda 8869, as well as quite a few interesting experiments with various knits. Upon getting a fit that I liked and learning quite a bit about knit fabrics, I started to play with the pattern. Over the years I've used this pattern in both woven and knit fabrics.
So here is the baker's dozen of knit twinsets presently in my wardrobe:
And here are the woven choices:
All of this leads me to my latest incarnation ~ The Argyle Cardigan.
I know in the Fashion Shoot post I said that I was going to use fur hooks and eyes as closures on the cardigan...but I never made it to Pacific Trimmings. Since I'm ready to move on, I looked through the button collection and found a button that I believe works well with this garment:
I know that this won't be the last version of this cardigan/twinset I make since this is one of my Top Ten TNT Patterns, so I will leave you with some stats for this one.
Argyle fabric is a poly knit blend from Fabric.com
Black fabric is a poly knit specifically "Sophia" from Fabric.com
5 black buttons
The construction was the same on this cardigan except that I omitted the front band. To make sure that the garment still fit, I added 2" to the front pieces and 2" to the neck of the back piece. After sewing the shell together - shoulder and side seams - I fused a 1" strip of fusible tricot knit interfacing to the edge of the cardigan front and back neck edge. Then I folded over the fused section and using a twin needle stitched it down. I used the twin needle to simulate the banded edge that is normally on the cardigan. Otherwise the cardigan is sewn exactly the same way as the pattern instructions say and made to look like the inspiration sweater from JCrew.
As always this cardigan will be a hard-working member of my wardrobe...if you can find a copy of Burda 8869, I highly recommend that you purchase it! More pictures of my journey with this pattern can be seen in my Flickr Album.
Hope you are having a wonderful sewing weekend. Hopefully tomorrow I will have pics to share of "The Dior Dress"