Thursday, November 4, 2021

Oldies but Goodies

I finished my cardigan! Woohoo!!

As mentioned in my last post, when I got this fabric from Fabric Mart, I knew I wanted to sew it right away, and hunted the stash for a pattern. It's a double knit, gray with a purplish undertone and lurex threads on the right side. It washed up really well! I bought 2 yards and you know FM!! The pattern calls for 1 5/8 yards and I easily have a full yard leftover. So you may see this fabric again.

Look at that fabric! :drool:

I went with an old favorite, McCall's 6844, but knew I had outgrown the size medium, but was not going to fit into a size large. I took my measurements and decided on the following adjustments:

3/8" to the front from about 1.5" below the armpit to the waist, and smoothed the seamline. The narrow shoulder adjustment is from the original pattern adjustments. Probably 1/4 or 3/8". 

1/2" to the back from shoulder blade through the hem, with a wedge at the side seam. Swayback adjustment of 1/2" and added a center back seam. 

The sleeve on this pattern is BANANAS. I think the finished measurement was 13" and I originally added 1.5". I added another 3/4" by adding 3/8" at the side seams. My bicep measured 14.75" I also added 1/2" to the sleeve head height. Due to the fabric, I ended up sewing the seams at 3/8".

I think the adjustments worked out very well! I had a slightly harder time putting in the left sleeve because my gathering stitches weren't moving easily through the fabric, but it won't bother me much.
I tried the loose sleeve on (dur, doesn't work out too well) and it seemed like it might be short so I hemmed it at 5/8" (it has a 1 1/4" hem allowance). Well, I should have hemmed it at 1 1/4"! I will likely just cut off the existing hem and sew a new one at 5/8" vs unpicking the (very well matched!) thread.

I really love it and think the color and iridescence allows it to match with SO many other colors.

Earlier this year, in May, I sewed a couple new dresses from TNT patterns and never blogged them. While I don't care for the twist front dress with the cardigan, the cardigan will work with tan/taupe/natural fabrics. 

Butterick 6621 in taupe jersey from Stylish Fabrics
I wouldn't wear *this* bra with this dress...this is my lazy bra but I just took the advantage of the daylight to take pics

Another TNT, M7465 is one of my favorite patterns ever. 
The front and back skirt uses the same pattern piece but I've created a new back piece to accommodate my behind so that it isn't super tight. 
And these suede Clark pumps are my fave!

Lastly, MY DRESS FORM IS ALMOST READY! Woohoo! This was the first rendering--it's been since tweaked and will be smoother in the final form (e.g., you can see indentations from my bra straps). 

I am so excited!!


  1. Your cardigan looks great, and I love the details of the fitting process 🤩

  2. Looking good, thanks for details on the pattern, my arm measurement is about the same size and I need the deets about the dress form 😉

  3. Awesome fabric selection and the Oldie made a Home Run my sewing sister ... FIESTA :)

  4. that blue dress with those shoes - love it! and how exciting to get that dress form.

  5. The cardigan looks so good! I love how well it coordinates with all of your other clothes. It's such a great pattern, but for sure it has a bananas sleeve pattern. Most of my first versions have become unwearable because the arms don't have enough stretch to fit anymore. I'm also so excited for you to get your dress form! I hope you really enjoy it and that it will become a great new tool for your process.

  6. What a great cardi! The fabric is really special and so pretty on you. I just cannot believe your dress form. That is impressive. You must be really excited about it.

  7. It really is a great color and fabric because it works with so many garments already in your wardrobe. And congrats on the dressform!

  8. I LOVE that blue dress--so gorgeous. I need a cobalt blue dress in my closet too!


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