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Posted on:4/4/14 8:14 PM
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StyleArc: Abby Cardi by Heatherrique  StyleArc: Abby Cardi by Heatherrique  
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Pattern Rating:Great Wardrobe Builder
Review Rating: Very Helpful by 12 people   
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Fabric:ITY Jersey  [See other projects in this fabric]
Trending draped front cardigans

My first and second Abby cardigans side by side

Pattern Description:
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

Pattern Sizing:
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.


Fabric Used:
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.

Conclusion
I plan to make my third cardi when I have some "free time" in the next month or so.

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Dee2 said...
Love both of these! Your fabric choices are perfect for this pattern.
4/4/14 8:32 PM
Renren said...
Both are very nice but the green/black is particularly interesting. Besides the eye-catching print, the colors dramatically emphasize hair and eye color. (Or something like that--what I am trying to say is, "Darn, girl, you look great in that!")
4/4/14 9:47 PM
UglyCute said...
I like the green one.
4/4/14 11:00 PM
becca a said...
I also really like the green cardi--it has such a pretty print and it drapes beautifully. It is really flattering,
4/4/14 11:14 PM
SewWil said...
Great looking cardis!
4/5/14 0:05 AM
FreyaStark said...
Two great cardis! I especially like the green & black.
4/5/14 1:04 AM
Annie P said...
Lovely cardis (I too think the green one suits you better, but both are very nice).
4/5/14 2:22 AM
1SewSweet said...
These are very cute! I love your careful matching of the chevron lines and the rich green color of the other one!
4/5/14 5:10 AM
Patti B said...
These look great on you and will be a happy addition to your wardrobe. The burrito method is such a nice technique.
4/5/14 8:12 AM
Quickie said...
very nice and versatile cardi's
4/5/14 8:28 AM
marec said...
Oh Heather, these both look wonderful on you. Thanks for the introduction to yet another pattern that I must have :-)
4/5/14 8:56 AM
Barbara V said...
Really great style on you! Both are so lovely and the colors are pretty for you.
4/5/14 12:00 PM
carolynw said...
Very pretty and right fabric for this pattern.
4/5/14 12:46 PM
Mufffet said...
Very nice.....love that green fabric on you! :) another great top pattern.....
4/5/14 2:03 PM
michellep74 said...
Great looking cardigans!
4/5/14 8:10 PM
Danvillegirl said...
I like both of these; my fav is the thin gray with waves.
4/5/14 9:07 PM
TJSEWS said...
Both versions are fabulous!
4/5/14 9:18 PM
mary in FL said...
They are both awesome!
4/6/14 4:16 PM
Heatherrique said...
Thank you all for taking the time to read and comment on this!
4/7/14 12:21 PM
Christas said...
Both of your cardi sweaters look so nice on you! You always find the coolest fabrics!
4/19/14 11:14 PM
Sheila457 said...
Cute tops and perfect prints.
4/23/14 7:59 AM
 
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