I had a huge long list of sewing I wanted to do for the summer before the summer started. Didn’t happen, so a few weeks back I decided to just skip summer sewing and head straight into fall sewing, so I was super happy to take part in this tour being hosted by Sewing by Ti for Stylish Fabric and sew up a much needed cardigan for the fall.
Before I get started, full disclosure: Stylish Fabric provided the bloggers with up to 2 yards of fabric for the tour. The pattern I used is one I’ve owned for awhile now. Also a couple of the links are affiliate links and are marked with an asterisk (*). If you purchase something after clicking through one of my links I may receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. Thank you!
You can find Stylish Fabric at the links below:
It took me forever to choose a fabric. I knew I wanted to make a new cardigan as I practically live in them all the time (even in the summer I bring them to work as sometimes one of the offices I’m in is usually freezing). But most of my cardis are black or grey so I wanted something with colour. I finally went with a teal sweater knit fabric. It doesn’t look like my fabric is available online anymore but they have the same fabric in black here.
Here is a close up of the fabric I received. The colour isn’t quite right in this photo, it’s a bit darker than this but I had a hard time capturing the colour when I took pics of it after drying it on the line. The colour is a lot closer to any of the other pictures.
I’ve never sewn with such an open weave fabric before, but it wasn’t as scary as I thought it would be. It didn’t even fray much at all. I would have expected more since I was handling the cut edges quite a lot.
I’ve owned the Julia cardigan* pattern by Mouse House Creations* for a quite a while now and finally got around to sewing it! Not sure why I waited so long. It was pretty fast. Probably would have been even faster if I had a working serger.
FYI: All PDF patterns from Mouse House Creations* are 50% off until August 12th, 2016! No code needed!
I measured in at the low end of the XL but since I’m working at
losing a bit of weight getting healthier I decided to sew the L with the 3/4 sleeves.
I also sewed the doubled over collar version. You do need more fabric to be able to do this version but I think the time you save in not needing to hem it is worth it!
I wish I had pulled down the cardi in the back before getting this picture, I didn’t realize it hadn’t gotten stuck over my
butt behind until I saw the photo. ? ?
The great thing about this fabric is that it is super light so it’s perfect for the cooler summer nights so I can get some wear out of it now. AND since I’m one of those people who likes wearing layers and dreads summer because I can’t get away with wearing an extra layer (I just feel naked wearing short sleeves, I’m so odd), this cardigan wound up perfect for me to be able to use even now on the days when the office I’m working in isn’t the freezing cold one. I just need to buy or make more tops I can wear under it because I don’t usually wear that white shirt with an open sweater, ha.
All in all I’m super happy with my experience with both the fabric and the pattern. The pattern sewed up so quickly I’m planning another cardigan. And the fabric was super soft and the selection is huge that I will definitely buying from them in the future.
You can check out the other tour stops here:
August 1st: Sewing By Ti and Rebel and Malice
August 2nd: Gray all Day
August 3rd: Wild and Wanderful and The Sara Project
August 4th: Doodle Number 5 and Sweet Red Poppy
August 5th: Paisley Roots and Dos Natural Sistas and My Crafty Little Self
August 8th: Made By Melli and Sew Far North
August 9th: Sew Sophie Lynn and Creative Counselor
August 10th: Frivolous at Last and EYMM
August 11th: Lulu and Celeste and Sprouting Jubejube
August 12th: Adventures with Bubba and Bug and All Things Katy and Sewing by Ti
There are TONS of prizes, for which I’m not able to win so go on and enter and increase your own chances to win!
Enter the giveaway by going here: Sew Ready for Fall Intro post