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What's the shape of the front piece, roughly?
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Date: 2/14/12 1:31 PM

Just got the new JJill catalog, and this cardigan caught my eye as having just the sort of front drape I want for a piece in my stash:

I have the Jalie cardigan pattern and want to modify the fronts to drape this way. Can anyone describe or show me how the front piece should look? (From the picture it appears to me that there are no corners, only curves, and the front drapes high rather than falling low as in a waterfall type cardigan.) I've never seen the pattern pieces for one of these cardigans.

Thanks for any help!

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Date: 2/14/12 2:43 PM

The ones I have seen are cut like a square in the front, going straight out from the shoulder (neck point). Those in the photo look as though there is a gentle curve at the CF to hem, rather than a sharp angle.
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Date: 2/14/12 3:26 PM

I saw an expensive RTW that had the same, almost rectangular front piece. It actually could wrap around the neck (with a little curve) to the opposite shoulder, so it could be pinned cloak-style if you wanted. You might try a muslin for that to see how wide you want across the front.
I have a raglan-sleeve pattern for this style, B5498, but that gives a shorter center and also had a separate front facing, which you don't need.

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Date: 2/14/12 3:46 PM

Thanks, petro and gramma b. I think I'll try drafting both a square/rectangle front with curved corners (wider curve on the bottom) and maybe also something like an extended 1/2 circle, muslin them, and see how they drape.

I'm planning to self-bind the edges, so curves are a big plus.

If anyone comes along who can post or link to a line drawing of the pattern pieces for a drape front cardigan, that would be a help for visualization.

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Date: 2/15/12 8:12 AM

If you haven't looked at their site, there is a large photo of that sweater which gives you a good look at the front piece.
Those RTW sweaters often have a firmer knit strip used for the bindings--which are hard to find. *Let us know what you use, self fabric wider than usual--wrapped around or not?

Look online at the pattern sites for enlarged drawings for various types. Or pull out the instructions with the pattern piece drawings in the store
to see differences in curves, etc.
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Date: 2/15/12 10:13 AM

That's a great idea, gramma b. I'll take a look at the actual pattern directions/pattern piece diagrams next time I'm at the store.

I think the original sweater has a knitted-in edge finish. I'm going to have to do some experimenting. If this works, another sweater with a contrast binding might be fun, too.

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