I spend alot of time in manufactured air ~ aka air conditioning...and it's always blowing way colder than I like. In fact, most women who ride the bus with me either carry a pashima shawl or a lightweight jacket in their totes to cover up with because it is so cold.
So when I saw the silk jerseys at Elliott Berman, they reminded me of the ltwt little cardigans that I've been seeing all over the internet this summer and lusting after...because I always need something on my arms to keep me warm during the summer.
For these I used my TNT cardigan pattern - Burda 8869 - to make two more versions. Now even though these are basically the same fabrication, adding the dye & printing on the fabric definitely changed the hand of it. What do I mean? The bright floral was a stretchier piece of fabric than the black/grey/white version and I didn't realize it until after the pattern pieces had been cut out and I was assembling them. So I made slight adjustments in how I handled them.
Otherwise the construction is the same as always.
~stitch on the sewing machine and then finish the seam on the serger
~reinforce the shoulder seam with tape
~insert the sleeves in a flat insertion instead of in the round
~use stitch witchery for the hems and then stitch down
The only modification I made to these were for length...they are a little shorter than the navy blue cotton one.
1. A floral garden
This one is pictured on Lulu with no buttons. I have some picked out just haven't decided whether or not I'm going to add them.
2. Black/white & gray all over
This cardigan is a little tighter fitting because the fabric doesn't seem to have as much stretch
and I added black mother of pearl buttons to the front.
3. The blue cotton lace cardigan from the SWAP
I noticed in the comments that someone asked about it. Yes, it was made so quickly during the final days of the SWAP that I didn't blog about it. I just didn't have time!
For this version, I omitted the bands and added the navy blue piping that appears at the neckline of the beaded dress to tie the two pieces together. I did not add any additional inches to the front or back piece because I knew that I was going to use the vintage pin as the closure. So the two front pieces only had to meet, not overlap.
This cardigan has a center back seam where the first two do not. Sometimes I make it with the center back seam and sometimes I don't. I purposely didn't with the first two because I didn't want to break up the pattern on the fabric. Even though it's made from lace it's actually heavier in weight than the first two cardis.
These are the first of the basic pieces that I'm adding to my wardrobe after The Great Closet Clean-Out. I've pulled the fabric for the black linen pants and for a navy blue straight skirt. There wasn't enough of the navy blue fabric for pants and I'm not sure its suitable for pants...and right now I just don't want to purchase any more. I know what you are thinking...but I did say, right now! *LOL*
...as always, more later!
p.s. Go Celtics! Go Celtics! 3-2 Wahooooooo!!