Monday, November 30, 2020

Floral Cardigan

This Madison Cardigan pattern by @stylesewme has been on my to do list for much too long! 

I purchased the pattern when it was 1st published, but just could not find the perfect fabric. Then...Minerva sent me this glorious Ponte Roma knit with this beautiful print and I knew it was going to be this pattern! 


I found the fabric and pattern easy to work with. I cut a size XL and did not need to make any atlerations! 

The instructions stressed stay-stitching the back neckline, but I used the technique that I use on most knits. I applied fusible knit tape on the back neckline as well as the shoulders. I then sergeged the neckline.

A narrow hem was also used in the instructions, but because the wrong side of the fabric is black, I decided that I didn't want to see the print on the wrong side. So I opted for purchased bias binding. And I'm very happy with the outcome! 

I tried it on twice...before and after I added the binding. I have to tell you that I was in love with the fit, but even more so with the drape of this garment!
I loved it so much that I did not want to take it off after either try on! It is even more lovely that I thought it would be...both the fabric and the pattern design! 

It was quite a windy day when I took the photos, but I think they work! 

Would I make it again? Definitely! 



Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Minerva ITY Knit

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Minerva ITY Knit


This beautiful print ITY knit has so many of the colors I love! I was thrilled when it arrived at my door!  It is even more beautiful in person!  It was gifted to me by Minerva.com in exchange for a blog post.



Because of the print, I decided to go simple.  I love hi/lo tops and dresses, so I used one of my TNTs - McCall's 6957 - view B.  I love the fit and flare shaping of this pattern!

The only change I made was to add sleeves.  I love elbow length sleeves.  Many of my TNT patterns are marked with that length.



I did a bit of print matching by making sure the aqua floral was center front and that the sleeves matched. Most of the construction was done on my serger with a 4 thread set-up.


I love using pre-cut fusible stay tape on the shoulders, hems and necklines of my knits.  After fusing the tape on, I serged the edges using a 3 thread set-up.  Then I simply pressed the hem under by using the stitches as a guideline and top stitched.







Here I styled it with leggings, but it's actually long enough in the front that I can also forego the leggings. I wore it to an outdoor setting, thus the flats, but it can also be styled with heels! 


Of course I couldn't resist making a matching mask. To stabilize the knit for the mask, I fused a tricot interfacing to it.  The lining/filter pocket is 100% cotton.





This dress is easy to make and fun to wear!  

Did I say that I love sewing and wearing ITY knits! 😃 



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