Back view with no
center back seam this time
As you know I've made this cardigan before and the fabric is left over ponte from an earlier dress so basically this is a free piece, right? *LOL*
Some stats ~
Fabric ~ Purple ponte knit
Notions ~ Black Size 16 Long Prong Snaps
The last time I made this cardigan, I went my own way and didn't follow the pattern instructions to a "t". However, I was very unhappy with the neckline binding because I didn't follow the instructions - believe me Carolyn does not always know best! *LOL* So for this make (thanks Karen - love that word!), I decided that I would be a good little sewist and follow the instructions from start to finish...okay I didn't pay attention to hemming the sleeves but otherwise everything was done exactly as the pattern instructs.
...so the binding turned out wonderfully...I was much happier with this rendition. But I was totally unhappy with the fact that the pattern has you insert the sleeves in the round. I've been making my favorite Burda cardigan f-o-r-e-v-e-r and it has you insert the sleeves flat. I much prefer that method...but trying to be a good little sewist, I did as the pattern said. Okay, on the next version that in-the-round insertion is being kicked to the curb...I will be inserting the sleeves flat...enough said about that!
Next was adding the snaps...I've had these long prong snaps for years and I was a little put off by how much work was involved in getting them onto a garment. My daughter used them in a couple of her pieces but I've had the supply and they've just sat. However, I didn't want regular buttons on this cardigan...I wanted something a little different. But I hadn't used the snaps and Snap Setter before. After reading the instructions and being unhappy with them, I decided to look for a video on YouTube and of course I found one:
And after viewing and using the video, I realized that I'm a visual girl...words without pictures just don't cut it...so I got the snaps on but I was unable to get one at the top and I've decided to just leave it off. I'm thrilled that I've managed to do this and thankful that I found a YouTube video to help me! If you want to go down this road, I have just one piece of advice...mark the garment carefully. Otherwise you could end up with crooked snaps and I can just imagine that they are a b*tch to take off.
First snap put on the cardigan
Close up of the neckline
I bought my Snap Setter alongwith several sizes of snaps from Nancy's Notions...
Otherwise, I'm quite happy with this cardigan...especially since it will work with my quick and easy ponte knit dress from last year...as it should, since it's the same fabric!
Of course, the floral linen Peyton dress...
...and even the new 2012 edition of Vogue 1250.
See three dresses that this cardigan will work with and I haven't even looked to see if it will go with any of my spring/summer skirts. A very necessary addition to my wardrobe, as well as, a good use of a large remnant! I'm glad I finished this off. I now have nothing hanging around the sewing room and I'm ready to move onto my July project...which I will be working on next weekend...and which I'm starting to get very excited about!
...as always more later!