Prior to Covid, cardigans played a huge part in my wardrobe. I threw a cardigan over a shirt, tee or turtleneck and wore those layers over skirts and pants. I even wore a lot of cardigans, aka Michelle Obama, over a dress in my Corporate Days. Add a pair of pearls and pumps, you were professional and ready to go!
While I was home for 18 months, I only wore the old junky cardis which were also worn as a layering piece. I haven't actually thought about making more even though I own several TNT cardigan patterns, because they used to be an essential part of my wardrobe.
So of course in the unsewn cut pile I moved last year, there was one last cardigan cut out. Since it's in my blue color scheme and perfect for back to work wear this spring, I started working on it Mother's Day weekend.
The cardigan was cut from Simplicity 8059. I've made 8 versions from the pattern. All but one of them remain in my wardrobe. The vanilla cable version pilled so badly that I let it go. I love this cardigan because it's a simple throw on, easy wear cardigan that can be made from any kind of knit fabric. I have used ponte, wool jersey, velvet, sweater knit and even made a border print ponte version.
It's everything I like in a pattern. Easy to wear, made for simple variations (changed up the closures) and can be sewn in a variety of fabrics. It's been sitting for a few months, waiting for the temps to cool down so I could photograph it. Like with everything else I've sewn lately, this has already been worn out and about.
Pattern: Simplicity 8059 which is out of print
Crochet knit fabric purchased from Fabric Mart
Black Silk organza from Thai Silks
Black fusible stay tape from Design Plus
For this cardigan I sewed the sleeves in using the flat application. My favorite method. It's so much easier to get a knit sleeve in without puckers if you use the flat sleeve sew-in method...well to me!
Also because it was a knit, I used the silk organza facings that I'd use in my last version. However, I did not add the fusible interfacing. Sewing wrong sides together, flipped in, pressed flat and then the fusible bias tape was added to insure the neckline did not grow...
Since this is a special knit it needed more techniques to insure that I did not stretch out the neckline or mishandle the application of the sleeves. So I added Seams Great to the neckline to stop the stretch.
A Swingy Tee ~
This is my Pembroke pattern that I added a couple of inches from the waist to the hemline on the front and back pieces by using the pivot and slide method. When I cut this out, I really wanted an easy slip on top to wear over jeans or leggings while working from home.
However, it pairs so well with the cardigan I've worn it to work this way. Though to be honest I've worn the top more than the cardigan. It's such a great layering piece and I definitely want to make more of them, possibly with a cowl neckline.
Pattern: Cashmerette's Pembroke Top
Fabric: 100% cotton knit from Organic Cotton - this has been in the collection for a few years and deserved to be sewn.
o The thing I like about Cashmerette Patterns is that the construction is done with a flat application.
o As always, I add some stay tape to the shoulder seams to stabilize them.
o I omitted the cowl AND the neckband facing. Instead I turned the neckline down 1/2", pressed and used a twin needle to hem it.
o To make the swing, I did a pivot and slide from the neckline on both the front and back pieces. I slide it about 2-3 inches from the fold to gain the swing through the waist and hip area.
o The sleeves are perfect for pushing up when wearing alone or wearing a little longer under the cardigan.
A Few Photos ~
This is another one of those outfits it's taken me forever to photograph so I've worn this top a few times already. But I love the extra swing in it because it's comfortable...and honestly comfort is more important to me than almost anything else these days! Comfort with a little style are my guiding sewing lights now.
Finally, thank goodness this outfit has been blogged!
...as always more later!