Monday, December 22, 2014

McCalls 6996 - A long cardigan at last!



I'm laughing in this pic - I don't usually open a post with shot of this side of a garment. But this cardigan has such a cute skirted back!

Cardigans are perfect for Florida winters and trips to the grocery (I get so cold in there). I have a favorite pattern for short ones, but finding a long cardigan has been hard! I just don't want lots of drapey folds or layered ruffles down my front.

I made View B, which has very nice clean lines, a lovely raised and gathered back neckline, and slim sleeves. The back skirt is slightly flared and beautifully curved right at the waistline.



I sewed a size large in a mini-rib ponte knit from JoAnns. It's almost a sweater knit, very light. The last of my grey fabric - yea! But I might keep this one, I really like it.

A note on sewing: I used the elastic/lightening stitch on all my seams, and cut/serged them to finish. The shoulders are reinforced with twill tape (I don't use elastane - allergy). And the hems are simply turned and topstitched. May I say I love my Juki F600 - it sews knits beautifully. I haven't used steam-a-seam to do hems since I got this machine. And the elastic stitch is perfect. Sigh.
 


My only alteration was to remove a little of the downward slope at the enter front, as shown by my red lines in the line art. The design is a little easier to see on the inside, on Emile:


More pics! I'm also wearing True Bias Hudson pants in black ITY knit - these are like my fuller leg version. They feel like silk, and the poly/rayon knit does not cling to them at all.




Fun project, interesting to sew, and a keeper. Ciao! Coco

13 comments:

  1. Great outfit! It looks wonderful on you.

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  2. Really nice. I didn't know that pattern made up that long. I'll have to take a closer look at it.

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  3. Very nice! I'm going to have to check out that pattern. I don't have any card patterns I truly like in my stash.

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  4. Oh I love the cardigan! Looks comfy and classic. I'm sure you'll get tons of wear out of it

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  5. I think I have that pattern now I'll have to dig out all my patterns lol! the cardigan looks great on you!

    Helen

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  6. You look younger today! The cardigan is cute, too!

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  7. This cardigan looks great on you! I just cut out this pattern yesterday. Can't wait to get sewing it!

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  8. You know, the cardigan does not look like much on Emilie bit it looks wonderful on you.

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  9. So good looking - really like the back!

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  10. It is a lovely cardigan. I like the design for the same reasons as you. classic lines in front with the fun peplum in back

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  11. Nice neutral cardi...I also like the peplum. Happy New Year!!!

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I love it that you came by...and thank you for your comments! Coco