I’ve made 3 of these cardigans and sent one off as a gift.
I kept two: a blue version and one in salmon. I love how the thin acrylic of the blue one feels. It fights off the chill of the air conditioning we have to have running for 2 months solid.
The salmon acrylic fabric is thicker. I did not fit it as closely as the blue and it looks, well, dowdy, don’t you think???
Let me tell you my theories as to why the blue is a tiny bit more chic, if that word could even apply. The side seams and sleeves are the last seam sewn before hemming and I stitched an extra deep seam allowance. The salmon is sewn at the 1 inch side seam and 5/8″ sleeve seam provided for in the pattern.
This last seam on the sides and sleeves is where the adjustments for the stretch of the fabric is made. Even though I chose one size smaller than my measurements, there is still plenty of room for wearing a thick garment underneath the salmon sweater. I may some day adjust the salmon to fit more tightly but with the thickness of the fabric I don’t think I’ll ever be totally pleased.
And the salmon is a denser knit that doesn’t drape well. I like the blue fabric so much better. I think a thin knit looks better in this pattern.
But the ties are going to be inappropriately thick, no matter what. Easy to explain: there are 5 thicknesses of fabric in there. The shape of the inserted ties provide a “hidden” bust dart so there is a tie front and a tie facing that sandwich in the cut edges of the bodice top and the bodice bottom. But that’s the price paid for invisible shaping and no buttons and no button band.
I chose to not use ribbon for the ties since I didn’t want to have to do unusual maintenance at laundry time. But if I were to make this pattern up for a stylish outfit I would definitely consider using the option given for a ribbon tie.
I really didn’t enjoy sewing this pattern, I spent more time picking out seams than sewing them. I got confused at every seam whilst constructing the front inserted ties. Oh, I was as careful as I could be, laid everything out ahead of time, and, darn it, sewed them together wrong. It was like I couldn’t do anything right, over and over again! T.h.r.e.e. t.i.m.e.s. Talk about questioning your own mind! LOL. But I pushed on through. Maybe that’s why I have little drive to sexy up the fat sweater?
They are hard to keep attractive when worn. The front points tend to hang unevenly because of the twists involved in tying the ties. The tie insert is in an awkward place. It hits me at the lower bust, not underneath the bust. That contributes to the dowdy factor, I think. I top stitched the ties into place rather than hand stitching the inner seam down as the pattern instructions would have you do, but still the sweater fabric is too thick for a sleek look.
So, these sweaters are my secret guilty pleasure. I love having sweaters at hand.
I wear them constantly in the house as I don’t like air conditioning. I wear them on the dog walks that by necessity, have to take place after the sun goes down and dusk has fallen. I wear them when being fashionable is not an issue.
But now, you’ve seen them. They’re not a secret any more!
If you make this pattern, pick a silky thin fabric. That’s my best advice. I do hope you don’t have to do as much unpicking of seams as I had to do.