2.11.2013

a new swing cardigan

It's done and ready to wear.  I love it!
This swing cardigan is from NEWLOOK 6164 pattern, view A.  This pattern notes it is *JUST4KNITS and what a great, stretchy, soft knit I had in my stash to use.  Even though I matched my measurements to theirs, taking into consideration my serged seams would be 1/4", not their 5/8" seam allowance, I chose size 12....  (I usually wear a size 6 off-the-rack).... and feel this is a little large and I should make size 10 next time.
The roll-back collar gives it a nice finish.  I couldn't believe the 'striping' matched up 'between' the collar!!! That was a bonus!
A full view look.... can't you almost feel the movement of the fabric through the photo.  I modified the pattern instructions to make it a simpler process for me by NOT easing the sleeves in after sewing the side seams.   This meant I could sew one continuous seam from bottom of top to end of sleeve.
Did not realize my fabric not only had a pattern, but STRIPES that needed matching until I began the 'thinking process' before cutting anything out.   Oh, I sweated, and procrastinated, then sweated and procrastinated a little more before forcing myself to make the first cut.  This is a side seam view and I'm VERY happy.  :)
So you can get an idea of how it 'wears'.  I've got on a short-sleeved top underneath, as this will be worn with some sort of sleeveless something that I'll be making soon.  The front is just a little shorter than the back.... that's exactly what I wanted.  It has a little 'swing' to it and the fabric is so comfortable.  If you look carefully at the shoulder seam and under the arm area, you can see that's where it needs to be a little smaller to 'fit' a little better. 
COST BREAKDOWN: 
Pattern:     $2.97 from Wal-Mart
Fabric:      $0  from stash
Notions:   none needed, thread from stash
Time:        2-3 hours
TOTAL COST:   $2.97

Overall, I am very pleased with this piece and will definitely make it again.  


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4 comments:

  1. Wow, you are quite the seamstress! Very, very nice looking and comfortable I'm betting! One size smaller might have been just perfect, but from the pictures this one is just fine, don't you think? If you got it completely made in just three hours, I'm impressed!

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    1. Mama Pea, you're such a good motivator! I wore this all afternoon yesterday and it is so comfy and easy-to-wear. Thank you so much!

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  2. Great job matching your stripes!

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  3. Great job matching your stripes!

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