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|Reviewed by:||Heatherrique|| |
|Posted on:||4/4/14 8:14 PM |
StyleArc Pattern Info
|Pattern Rating:||Great Wardrobe Builder |
|Review Rating:|| Very Helpful by 12 people |
|Fabric:||ITY Jersey [See other projects in this fabric]|
|Trending draped front cardigans|
My first and second Abby cardigans side by side
From StyleArc: "Great jersey cardi to have for all occasions, wear it over your cami or dress, knot it at the front or leave it casually hanging down casually. Optional 2 sleeve lengths."
Upper portion of sheet with illustrations and instructions with a swatch of recommended fabric
Misses' 2-30. I ordered a "12".
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? For the most part, yes.
First version (green and black): ITY jersey knit
Second version (gray with waves): thin sweater knit
Were the instructions easy to follow?
I consider them satisfactory and sufficient. They consist of a list of steps assuming that you have experience in sewing basic garments. They are not as "user-friendly" and detailed with helpful diagrams as those found in Kwik Sew. I used Thornberry's method for a clean and neat finish for the collars and folded front facing (using the "burrito" or "sausage" method) per Clothing Engineer's review of this pattern.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I have sewn Style Arc patterns in the past and have been impressed with the available on-trend and classic styles that are wonderful additions to anybody's wardrobe. It was easy to cut out and handle the pattern pieces that were printed on sturdy paper. After use, they can be easily stored in the clear resealable envelope that the pattern illustration/directions and folded pattern sheet originally arrived in.
I like that the cardi can be worn untied for a draped front look or tied in a loose knot. I prefer the fronts tied.
Green/black cardi untied
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
* 1" petite adjustment at the waist.
* For my green/black cardi, I lengthened the sleeves 1". I did not do this to my gray cardi, due to paucity of fabric.
*Sewed a strip of interfacing to the shoulders of the back.
* Used the instructions for the a neat finish of the inside collar and placement of front facing with respect to the shoulder seams with the "burrito method" as described in Thornberry's blog I would not use this method for heavy knits.
View of the collar and upper portion of the facings from the inside
*Turned in a narrow hem and topstitch along the fronts (reinforcing a little triangle turned in at each corner of the front ties) and the lower edges of the sleeves and the entire cardi. Using a serger would facilitate the construction.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I became "hooked" on this pattern after my first attempt and was able to make my second version on the same day (part of my spring vacation from work).
I definitely recommend this pattern due to the simplicity of construction, working with only five fabric pieces (two front, one back, two sleeves). A change of fabric produces an entirely different look and feel.
I plan to make my third cardi when I have some "free time" in the next month or so.
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