Saturday, April 17, 2010

Another Project Completed...YEAH!!

I finally finished the DK knock-off cardigan (Simplicity 2603)!  and boy or boy do I like this one!  I chose to use a very soft and drapey rayon lycra knit and it was the perfect choice.  The color I picked is more of a "citron" which is a really nice yellowish green.  This pattern was so easy to sew, although I did make a few changes of my own, one to personalize it and the other for convenience.

The first change for convenience was not adding the elastic to the back neck seam.  (I read some other reviews on this pattern that they hadn't followed this either!)  I personally didn't understand why it was needed in that area either after reading the pattern.  So I did a double row of gathering stitches instead and secured it at 5".  It gave the back area a very nice gathered look which is what I believe was the pattern's intent anyway.  See below...

Another change I made for convenience, was after finishing the entire edges of the cardigan, I zigzagged the back collar facing to the neck seam so the facing would stay down on the inside. This created a very stable collar so I don't need to fuss with it when I put it on and it stays in place.  See below...

The next change I made is just for my personal taste, I added faux leather cording in black to the neck edge of the tank and was very pleased with the look. (I think it made it couture!)

This garment is so nice and so easy to make, I immediately made another in black so I could wear it with anything!  It can also be worn in a lot of ways!

Here's a link to instructions on wrapping the DK top if your interested in more options. This is a great cardigan, I love the many ways it can be worn and could be worn by itself if tied properly. Using the rayon Lycra knit made all the difference in the world. It's soft and has enough 4 way stretch to allow the garment to drape correctly.

In conclusion, if you love sewing and like this set, it's totally worth your while and best of all...I think it's "age appropriate" for those of us over 50!

Happy Sewing!


  1. I am probably the only one who has not made this pattern yet. I have it out and ready to go. Very helpful information about the back facing.

  2. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this, Myra! Love the added detail at the neckline - that faux leather adds a very classy touch!!

  3. Nice cardigan..Love the color


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