I love this cardigan. McCall’s styles it well here, belted with a sequined belt (not included) that really shows the potential of this pattern. It’s a basic, to dress up or down. I finally got around to making it, for the Thanksgiving outfit. This has been reviewed many times on Pattern Review, so I’ll keep it short.
I used a beautiful, nubby wool blend sweater knit that was still available at Gorgeous Fabrics as of this writing. Its perhaps a bit too heavy/nubby/textured for this cardigan, but I like it. It’s definitely too warm for Florida weather, but, I do need something to keep me warm in my over-air conditioned office.
After reading numerous reviews, and a quick pattern fit, I decided to make a few changes and leave other things the same. Some reviews suggested that this pattern ran large, but the pattern-fit suggested otherwise. In fact, I have skinny arms and the arms are snug! I did make my usual adjustment for being long in the torso.
I changed the order of construction to suit my needs and simplify the process, pressing and finishing seams/edges as I went:
- Stabilized and stitched the shoulder seams (stabilized due to the weight of the knit).
- Stabilized and stitched the peplum pieces to the front and back pieces.
- Sewed the sleeves in flat (SO MUCH EASIER, and you can stretch gently for the ease).
- Sewed the side/arm seams.
- Hemmed the peplum and sleeves, by hand. The texture of the fabric dictated this. But it took forever (I blind catchstiched the peplum).
- Interfaced (protricot deluxe fusible from Fashion Sewing Supply) the shawl collar.
- Stitched the collar together, but did not baste the edges together as directed.
- Sewed the interfaced edge of the collar (under collar) to the cardigan (pressed seam to under collar).
- Turned under the collar edge 5/8″ and slip stitched the pressed edge to the seam from step 8, easing as necessary. I did this to have a finished edge instead of overcast edges. Personal preference.
This is sooo easy. I think I could have done it in an evening (once cut) had I not opted for the hand-stitching. And looks pretty good too. I will make another in a lighter weight.
As for the rest of the Thanksgiving outfit? Two out of three ain’t bad. I cut the t-shirt out, but I won’t finish it until later. Whole outfit picture coming after the feast. But here are front and back finished versions on my dress form: