Saturday, February 06, 2021

The Cardigan - Simplicity 8992 - UPDATE!

This cardigan was started in December 2019 when I also began writing this blog post. I write them as I sew so I don't have to remember details which is lucky in this case since I finished the garment a year later!

Today I finally got my act together and took a bunch of pictures of garments made in the last couple of months. I decided to shoot this sweater with me wearing I've updated this post to include those pictures...

I think these photos are closer to the actual fabric color than the pictures below. BTW, this fabric is still available from Stylemaker Fabrics in a variety of colors where I purchased it in 2019. It was also available from Melanated Fabrics and a few other fabric sites. 

When I moved, I threw some unfinished garments out and brought a few with me. This is one of the ones that came along and is now finished.

So here is the original blog post with some updates to it...

I bought this Simplicity Pattern in August 2019 because my favorite cardigan pattern (also by Simplicity) only has a tie closure and I want a button front closure option. I love the cardigans I made using that pattern but 9 times out of 10, the cardigan unties beneath my coat. I'm sure a button front cardigan won't have the same challenges. 

Then I saw this cable fabric on StyleMaker Fabrics and I bought a couple of yards of it. It seemed perfect to make my first version of this cardigan. 

Materials ~
3 yards ocean knit fabric from StyleMaker Fabrics
Navy blue ponte scraps for facings
1 large button from the stash by way of Fabric Mart Fabrics
1 large gold snap from Pacific Trimmings

I need to talk a little about this fabric. I loved this fabric and bought it as soon as Michelle posted it. However, I didn't think about what it would take to work with the fabric. I can honestly say that if you're a newer, beginner, returning to sewing or advanced beginner, I wouldn't purchase this fabric. This fabric is challenging to work with and while it gives a good result, it took some extra to make it work.  

Pattern Alterations ~
While this pattern goes up to a size 22/24 (XXL), it's close-fitting. My other cardigan pattern has a looser fit and I wanted to combine the fit of the two patterns to add the button front closure.  To make that happen, I used my pattern sandwich method. Where I lay the TNT pattern piece down first, then the new pattern piece and finally a fresh piece of tracing paper.  This allows me to create a new pattern piece that fits me. 

An example below of how the new cardigan front was made. Also when I altered them, I did add a little of the waistline curve in the Simplicity 8992 pattern instead of the boxy shape of the original pattern.

All of the accompanying pattern pieces were also altered for a looser but shaped fit.

Construction ~ 
This fabric needed some special handling. It was heavy. When you sewed into the cables it pulled out of shape and hung funny. 

1. The facings were cut out of a dark royal blue ponte to add some structure to the cardigan so I did not need to add interfacing to the facings. 

2. I added fusible twill tape to the shoulder seams and to the back neckline so it would retain it's shape.

3. I made a hem facing for the sleeve hemlines because the cables were stretching them out. Adding the hem facing gives the sleeve hemline some structure which this cardigan needs.

4. The cardigan hemline also had hem facings added to them. However, I did this after I moved and couldn't find the royal blue ponte scraps so I used black ponte scraps instead.

5. All facings and hems were hand stitched down. It made it easier to control the fabric and to avoid wavy hems.  

6. Even though I wanted buttons and buttonholes, I realized that my home machine would never make buttonholes in this fabric. My original plan was to take it to NYC and have professional buttonholes made. But I dragged my feet and Covid happened so that plan went out the window.

7. To make this work now, I added a large snap and a large button to hold the cardigan together.  Since I'm working from home, I have no worries about wearing it under a coat for the foreseeable future.

Conclusion ~
I have a several more garments that need finishing touches. To ease back into sewing, I'm finishing them up before starting a "from scratch" sewing project. So my next project is another unfinished garment. BTW, I'm only spending a couple of hours a day sewing and still don't feel like posing in garments yet. Hopefully that will be back soon too.  However, I thought a garment post would be a better update on my progress than anything else. always more later!


  1. I was so happy to see you are posting again. So many people are becoming sick that when you don't hear from someone for a little while it becomes worrisome. That is a beautiful sweater and should be very useful in cool weather. The gold looks rich with the blue.

  2. I echo Kathleen's comment -- glad you've posted. And -- the sweater is very nice. I've been looking at sewing sweaters -- certainly faster than knitting them.

    Speaking of knitting -- a week to 10 days ago, someone posted a boxy -- sleeveless/dropped shoulder -- lace sweater. Just the kind of thing I like to knit, but I forgot to bookmark the post. Can anyone help me out tracking down this sweater?

    As always with your posts -- you've once again inspired me -- this time to take the leap into sewing a cardigan.

  3. So glad to see you post. I hope you are feeling better and better. I looked at this fabric as I love cardigans as well but was worried about those cables in the fabric. Your ideas about how you handle it makes so much sense. Will remember when I work with some similar fabric Love your cardigan and the snap is perfect. Jean

  4. Oh Boy, was I excited to see your post. I have favorite bloggers that make me feel like my best friends are posting to stay in touch. I saw your post on Bloglovin and thought yeah my friend has something to show me!!!

  5. Love the cardigan. Your makes are so inspiring. I hope you are still recovering well and your pathology results were good. I had my hysterectomy last Wednesday. Just not doing anything really, just recovering. All the best to you and my prayers and thoughts are sent across the world.

  6. Good to hear you're able to do a couple of hours sewing each day - I love the cardigan! Take care:) Sam x

  7. Happy to see a post from you, glad your back at the machine doing a bit. Great cardy, one will never know how you had to wrangle that fabric, but it looks great

  8. the special button adds a touch of elegance. and don't you enjoy getting a ufo off the table and into the closet! i surely do.--anne

  9. Gorgeous fabric; loved seeing how you brought this project together.

  10. Oh I love this! And while I can imagine the fabric was a bit difficult, you'd never know it looking at the finished result! So good to hear from you!

  11. Gorgeous cardigan. Thanks for the details of how you finished the hems. I love the snap and I think it is perfect for this. I have not heard of fusible twill tape, must go on the search for this.

  12. I have a piece of this fabric in teal and your comments about sewing with this fabric will be very helpful. Thanks very much.

  13. Delighted to see you back in whatever form, Carolyn. Great details on sewing that cable knit, techniques I can use and your cardigan is beautiful. I must echo the comment on fusible twill tape...where does one find such a creature? A search left me wanting.

  14. Glad you're back : )
    Take it easy...

  15. I commend you on finishing projects left undone. The cardigan is lovely and I appreciate your detailed instruction on handling this difficult fabric. You made it work!!! I look forward to you posting when able. Karen

  16. Lovely cardigan and you certainly met the challenge of that fabric. Your facings are really nice. I am glad to see you are able to ease back into sewing a bit at a time. You'll know when you are ready for some "scratch" work. Take care.

  17. I've very envious of your cardigan. I LOVE snaps under buttons :).
    Take care!

  18. We miss you! Is everything ok? Happy New Year!

  19. Love this cardigan. You are always such an inspiration!


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