I hope everyone had a wonderful week and looking forward to more beautiful weekend! This week was a very hectic one for me, filled with a lot of sewing, periscoping and fun! Periscope is quickly becoming a new addiction for me...it's a way for me to blog quickly and connect with those who follow my sewing journey!
The group I participate in (Pericrafters Facebook Group) has monthly challenges and this month's challenge was a "Wardrobe Builders Challenge". There were four ladies facilitating this challenge by periscoping each piece of New Look pattern 6735. (1 piece per facilitator). Yours truly was facilitating the Cardigan!
Because of an issue I had with the fabric of the first cardigan, I elected to make a second one too. This New Look pattern recommends using knit fabrics with a specific amount of stretch. The first fabric I selected from my stash, is a cream colored sweater knit purchased from the now closed Hancock fabrics. It has a 2-way stretch with minimal recovery. While the pattern guide does not instruction you to stablize the neck & front band, I HIGHLY recommend you do! Following the instruction guide and the type of fabric I was using caused my neck band to stretch considerably! However, I loved the way it turned out, because it looks intentional to me and I'm going to rock it as is, LOL!!
The lesson here...know and test the fabric you're working with and use your own jugdement when following the Pattern guide sheets!
With that said, I decided to create a second wardrobe builder set with a corrected cardigan. This fabric is from my stash and also from Hancock fabric purchased many years ago. It's an acrylic knit with a one-way stretch. The fabric color is stripes of black, cranberry and a mixture of gold & black stripe. There is also gold metallic threads throughout the fabric. (Love this fabric!). This time, I stabilized the neck and front band with a lightweight knit interfacing and it worked beautifully! (Neckband is contrast and matches the tee shirt and pants). I also shortened the cardigan length approximately 1-1/2". I love this set too!!
Tee shirt & pants fabric, black rayon lycra knit from Pennie fabrics Sarasota, FL.
I truly enjoyed this challenge and learned a lot from my fellow facilitators, Ila Allen, Carol Crocker-Ware and Andrea Davis. Now I have a new TNT for a quick cardigan and tee shirt! (I elected not to make the skirt from the pattern).
What have you challenged yourself with lately?
I hope you enjoyed this post and appreciate you stopping by to give me a little of your time!