This is my version of the latest pattern release by Valentine & Stitch, a dynamic pattern designing and producing duo comprising of the fabulous Helen and Rich. You can read about them, see more designs and read their blog here.
…..Several weeks ago the #cosycardichallenge was announced on Instagram. It’s being run by @amanda_isewalot @sodburysewing and @shesewsvintage and the finish date is October 31st so it’s not too late to enter if you fancy it and you may be lucky enough to be picked to win one of the fab prizes on offer. A little while after the challenge announcement I saw Helen modelling a lacy version of the Edie cardigan and a lightbulb went off in my head….I knew what I could do for my offering in the challenge. You see, I remembered some rust coloured lightweight lacy/crochet-effect fabric in my stash that had previously got me scratching my head about what to do with it I’m sure you’ve got some fabric like that lurking in your stash too (or is it just me that buys random pieces of fabric with no idea of what to do with it….?). Friends, I nearly gave the fabric away, so when the challenge and the Edie appeared, the stars aligned and my rust fabric got a lucky reprieve. The fabric (that I bought from Stone Fabrics a couple of years ago) seems to have a fair bit of cotton in it. It has next to no stretch down the grain but quite a bit cross-grain. It presses beautifully and behaves surprisingly well for a lace fabric.
Tell me about Edie, I hear you cry...well, it’s a maxi or finger-tip length cardigan that has a sweeping curve shape to the fronts, which as they fall, create a lovely subtle waterfall effect. The back is sleek and straight and the sleeves are slim fitting with generous length. I chose to make the shorter version and cut it on the size medium for everything but the length, which I decided to grade shorter to the small size. I followed Helen's instructions for stabilising the shoulders and also for adding something across the back neck to prevent over-stretching. I actually used a bit of white tape for the shoulders and for the neck I just used a piece of firm jersey cut cross-grain and folded double, then basted within the neck edge.
All of my cardigan was stitched together with a four thread, two needle set-up on my overlocker and all hems were just overlocked, then a narrow hem turned back and stitched. The instructions state that if you wish you can finish the edges by using the rolled hem setting on your overlocker for a pretty finish. It looks especially nice if you set your machine up to stretch the edges slightly to get a frilly effect. I would love to have tried this on mine but my fabric is too holey a texture for it to work. My edge finish is fine but if I want to get an even nicer look I might look for a very narrow bias satin to sew around it. Getting a good colour match would maybe prove tricky though. Either way, I like the finished result and it was a lovely straightforward make and a very user-friendly pattern with a lovely flattering fit.
I realise now why I struggled with my original fabric choice and I think it’s because of it being a very lightweight fabric, yet in a more Autumnal colour…. However, I can now see me wearing this more in early Autumn or early Spring and late Summer. I actually love it paired with my cream jeans, however, this time around I decided on styling it with black trousers and light coloured ankle boots which seemed perfect for the warmer weather we have in the UK this week. I also have a cotton sheath dress in cream and brown tones over which it would make a great topper. I like how it looks fastened with a brooch at the waist, but also love how wafty (is that a word??) it is left loose.
Now if you’ll excuse me ...I have to go and waft….see you soon!