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Project Photo:Ottobre Woman Magazine: 02-2012-9 by Sewliz

Ottobre Woman Magazine: 02-2012-9 by Sewliz  Ottobre Woman Magazine: 02-2012-9 by Sewliz  
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Pattern Description:
Jersey cardigan with diagonally draped open front and slightly flared back.

(The top in the one photo is New Look 6108 reviewed here.)

Pattern Sizing:

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, very much.

Were the instructions easy to follow?
I read through the instructions and they will provide good results but I did not follow them. I decided to do my own thing when the instructions said to stitch the seams with a regular sewing machine then finish them with a serger. Hmm, why not just serge the seams from the start and be done?

Then there was the stretch grosgrain ribbon they said to use to stabilize the back neck. What? I don't have any of that. So I zigzagged clear elastic to the back neck, folded it over twice and sewed it down with a coverstitch like this. It turned out well enough.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
It's a simple and easy to sew cardigan that works well with knits that have some drape. The front edge is cut on the grain which helps with possible stretching out. I like the open neckline. The shoulder and back edges are not right next to the neck and this fits perfectly with the cowl neck top shown in one of the photos. There is a touch of flare in the back which is cute.

Fabric Used:
A sweater knit from Fabric Mart.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I made longer sleeves. This cardigan pattern has short sleeves that are self lined but I know DD wouldn't like that so I made 3/4 length sleeves instead.

While the "points" on the front hem are drafted as mitered, the center front at the hem is not to be mitered, according to the instructions. That seemed silly since I planned to coverstitch all the way down one front, around the back, and up the other front, from shoulder seam to shoulder seam. So I mitered that front hem edge as well.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
If DD likes it I would gladly sew it again. I have my doubts though, this shape might be a bit bland for her taste. We shall see.

I do recommend this to others, it is easy to sew and looks very nice.

Another well drafted classic by Ottobre.
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nothy lane said...
I love your cardigan. Great colour. And yes, I would have just serged too. What a great and useful piece to have in your wardrobe.
5/10/14 7:14 PM
supizoo said...
I think your neckline turned out better than 'well enough'! This is a really lovely cardi.
5/11/14 5:08 AM
VivianZ said...
Very nice cardigan! I wish there was a pattern available.
5/11/14 9:24 AM
Speech girl said...
Looks great
5/11/14 4:26 PM
Levone said...
Great looking cardigan! I always liked this pattern but never made it because of the shorter sleeves. I see now I can just lengthen them, LOL.
5/14/14 9:45 AM
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