|Pattern Description: |
Cardigan with gathered peplum and choice of short or long sleeves. Front fastening with either hooks and eyes, or loops and buttons.
36-44. I cut the 42.
RPL double knit from Fabric.com.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Apart from the peplum, it looked pretty identical.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes, pretty straightforward. The instructions for the finishing of the front edges and neck are a little awkwardly written, but it's clear what is intended. The instructions call for the sleeves to be set in, rather than put in flat, which is more usual in a knit. I did set them in, as I wanted to keep a smarter, more "jacket-y" look.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I really like the way of finishing the neckline and front edges. The tape along the front edge provides stability for the fastenings and the way the neckline binding is sewn means the finish is super neat.
I didn't like the amount of ease on the sleeve cap: 4.5cm - for a knit! I lowered the sleeve cap to reduce the ease to 2.5cm. Normally for a knit, I would have zero ease, but I wanted to keep a slightly smarter, more "tailored" look here. I didn't like that the peplum was gathered, so I drafted a new piece for this (see below). The gathering would probably be fine for a very slim person and in a very lightweight fabric, but I am not slim and the fabric I used was too thick to gather neatly. Also, be warned, the peplum is very very short if you use the dimensions given.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
As mentioned, I drafted a new peplum - this is effectively two semicircular pieces, drafted much the same way as circular skirt, with the centre front and back on grain. My peplum is 20cm long at the back and sides, and 18cm at the centre front. For me, I found this was long enough to wear with trousers, but short enough to wear with a skirt or dress.
As well as reducing the sleeve cap ease, also mentioned above, I made a dartless FBA, using the same method as I have used before. I added 1.5cm (per half) in width, and 2cm in length.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I would wholeheartedly recommend this pattern. I really like how this has turned out with the heavier knit, but I think it would look great in a light knit (as it was intended), so I may well be making another one! It's (mostly) fairly quick to sew up, and has only 4 pattern pieces. Super easy - although the binding needs attention so that it keeps accurate and neat.
I'm super pleased with this, and I can already see it being extremely useful as a summer jacket/cover-up. I can't wait to wear it!
There are more photos and some more details about the construction of this over on my blog.