Saturday, February 1, 2014

Simplicity 1668

I love cardigans.  You may have noticed that already!  So when I saw Simplicity 1668, a summer wardrobe pattern , I thought that I would give the cardigan a try.  Now I know you are thinking 'summer wardrobe'?  IN the middle of a Northern Hemisphere Winter.  Seriously?  But it really does make sense.  I work in an office that has pretty good heating, so a cotton cardigan would go down a treat.  Fortunately I had some fabric left over from this previous cardigan:


The fabric is a great cotton jersey with a rib pattern.  Lovely and soft and washes well.  So this is what I made:


I really must check out my clothes before taking pics.  My Sorbetto looks all skew-whiff.  Doh!  


This top has dolman sleeves, and that adds to the bunching up of fabric under the arms, but as it is part of the design, I'm OK with that.


I really like the collar on this, as I have questionable posture in my upper back, and rounded shoulders, I find that this type of neckline/collar covers that up rather nicely.  I also like how the front bands fold back nice and flat.  I used some Palmer Pletsch interfacing and I think it has given just the right amount of support.


This is a really quick sew which only uses three pattern pieces - front, back and collar. Which means that it sews up very quickly indeed.  I should mention that there is a centre back seam which is great if you need to do any adjustments. I have reviewed the top on Pattern Review here. I will probably make more of these as it is so quick and easy, but I do prefer the sleeves from McCalls 6169, so I may morph the two patterns together.

Of course, as this is a cotton top, it feels lovely against the skin and I have already worn it once to work.  Which brings me onto an issue that I have come across with some of the other cardigans I have made that I mentioned above.  I used some lovely Ponte de Roma, the lighter weight version, from my local Fabricland.  The colors are deep and saturated and I bought quite a few colors - red, blue, green, cream etc.,etc.,  Now this was not cheap fabric, about $18/m that I picked up half price (OK, so that makes it quite cheap!) but after only a couple of wears, the garments are pilling.  Urgh.  I am so disappointed.  It is a real shame as the fabric sews up so nicely, but I guessing that the poy/rayon mix just isn't as good as it could be.  So guess what??????  I have purchased some cotton and cotton/lycra jersey to make a couple of new McCalls 6169!  Woohoo!  The fabric is washed and dried and I will be cutting it out this weekend!

Oh, I took the photos in my great room today, rather than the en-suite.  It seems a little strange staring at the bathroom door when I take the photos in the en-suite!  Only issue with the great room is the light streaming in through the windows washed me out a bit so I had to juggle with the brightness a little.

How is your sewing coming along in this second month of this new year?

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  1. Very nice addition to your wardrobe. Love the lapels

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    1. Thank-you! I am really pleased with how well they lay!

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  2. Your cardigan is lovely. Sorry to read about your Ponte de Roma, I also had the same pilling experience with that fabric from Fabricland. Now anything with rayon or the rayon family is on my avoid list.

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    1. That's interesting Graca - I have been OK with linen/rayon and rayon/poly for suiting, but I will certainly be paying closer attention in the future!

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  3. The cardigan looks so nice on you. If I was ever in need of a cardigan, this is the pattern I would use, love those lapels.

    What a shame about that Ponte, I saw that when it first came in. I wanted the black but didn't buy any, and when I went back to get some, all the black was gone. Now I'm relieved. Thank you for making me feel better about not getting any. 8-D

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    1. Happy to have been your guinea pig! I am going to do some research and try and find something similar that has a high cotton content - perhaps an interlock?

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  4. Very flattering on you! And I love the lapels.

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    1. Thank-you! I do like a collar, and the lapels are fun!

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  5. I have noticed that you enjoy cardigans ;) the color of this one is especially pretty on you.

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    1. Thanks - I find cardis so versatile . . . .and quick and easy to make!

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  6. Great looking cardigan jacket. Love the collar and lapels. Color looks beautiful on you even with your photo fiddling!

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    1. Thank-you! The cotton jersey feels so lovely against my skin as well, so it is an all round win!

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  7. love this cardigan too.. Looks great on you.. So sorry about your fabric piling.. That is so discouraging, after paying so much for it..
    I love both the cardigan patterns.
    [So proud you let me know ,that I had found the singer plus wardrobe sewing book on your sight.. I could not remember where I had read about it. but I went straight to Amazon and bought it.. Love it.. thank you so much for sharing it with me]

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    1. You are welcome - I am rather thrilled that you like the book as well!

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  8. I really like this on you.The colour is gorgeous and the length really suits you.Oh my.Finally someone else has the same problem with the Fabricland/Fabricville ponte knit.I did the exact same thing a couple of years ago and loaded up on the stuff only to find it pilled awfully. Now, i only use it for muslins.So disappointing isn't it!

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    1. Urgh - I feel for you with the ponte. It seems such a waste to use it for a muslin, but really, that is all it is good for. I guess it would make a good wearable muslin if you wanted a couple of wears out of it. I wonder if the heavier weight was the same? Oh well, I should know to stick to natural fabrics and keep away from the poly (I am blaming that!!)

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  9. Lovely sweater/jackets--so very flattering! I have to pipe in re: the Ponte. Here in Outer Mongolia, of all places, I get fabulous Ponte from Italy--for approx $5 USD per very wide meter!!! And it never ever pills! In fact, I have a suitcase stuffed with as we speak and heading to airport in a bit to return to US as it's so hard to find the good stuff there. Anyone have some good sources?

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  10. That is a fabulous cardigan. I love it on you - I'm sure you will make a million more in every color! it's great!! g

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  11. That is so cute! It looks great on you. I think those short cardies are workhorses of a wardrobe. It is disappointing that the Ponte is starting to pill. I hear that if you try to get Ponte that has more Rayon than Poly that pilling is decreased. Don't know if that is true. ~Teri

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