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|StyleArc: Nina cardigan - Type:Coat/Jacket |
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|Posted on:||2/20/13 6:21 AM |
|Last Updated:||9/28/13 8:50 AM|
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|Pattern Rating:||Highly Recommend |
|Fabric:||ITY Jersey [See other projects in this fabric]|
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|Edit: 28/9/13 I made another version of the Style Arc Nina Cardigan. See more details on my blog Sew, Jean Margaret|
Pattern Description: NINA CARDI: This style has interesting design lines to create a slimming silhouette with a waterfall front.
The cardi is simple to sew yet creates a designer look.
Pattern Sizing: All StyleArc patterns come in single sizes. I ordered a size 12 after checking the sizing chart on the Style Arc website. This fitted as I expected it to.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes it did.
Were the instructions easy to follow? The instructions were very minimal. They consisted of a list of construction steps and a few diagrams of the important steps. There was no instructions about how to lay out the pattern pieces on the fabric. This you have to work out for yourself. There is quite a lot of helpful info printed on the pattern pieces. I had trouble understanding one part of the instructions so I emailed Style Arc with my query. They were very quick to respond to my email. I was very impressed with their "after sales service". A complete beginner may struggle to understand the instructions, but they would be fine for someone with a little sewing experience.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? At first I was disappointed with the neck band on the cardigan. I had assumed it would have been folded with the raw edges joined to the body of the cardigan, but it is only a single layer. I was concerned about finishing off the raw edges on such a fine jersey. The girls at Style Arc advised me to leave the edges raw or "babylock" them.
Fabric Used: I used a fine poly jersey knit in a deep red.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: The only change I made was to finish off the neck band and hem differently to the suggested method mentioned above. Even though the fabric I used did not unravel, I couldn't get a nice smooth cut with my scissors. I think I may have needed a rotary cutter to achieve this? (which I don't have). And I didn't even want to attempt "babylocking" it with my overlocker. It would have stretched and munched such a light weight fabric. I ended up using "Steam a Seam Lite" on all the edges, folded it up twice and stitched with a twin needle. This gave a nice finish. Front Neck Band and Hem I also topstitched (using a twin needle) around the waist seam (onto the seam allowance underneath) and around the neck band seam. I did this for two reasons: to reinforce these seams; and to add a decorative feature. Topstitching I used clear elastic in the shoulder seams and around the neck at the back, as the instructions said. Next time, I will add clear elastic to the waist seam as well, to avoid it stretching out too much. I think this would help maintain the lovely shape of this cardigan. Front and Back
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I think I will definitely sew this one again. I can see a few of these in my wardrobe would be very handy in the cooler weather. I can see this one made up in a heavier weight fabric for a warmer version too. Yes, I would recommend that you give this one a try.
Conclusion: This is a nice stylish cardigan that is fairly quick and easy to make. I love the draping at the front. Also, even though the neck band is only a single layer, it is quite wide and drapes and folds in such a way that it doesn't look bad at all. I would thoroughly recommend this Style Arc pattern.
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