Lately, I’ve been trying to be firm with myself and really think carefully about what I truly reach for to wear on an everyday basis. The reality is that I enjoy the joy of basics with a twist.
So what do I like to make or wear? Well, I wear basics quite a lot, for example, cardigans and t-shirts (and jeans, but as you read here, I don’t like making them) but very plain basics don’t appeal to me that much. I need that little ‘je ne sais quoi’… that little extra detail.
When I’m designing and sewing I’ve always enjoyed adding my own unique touches but I’ve also come to realise that I prefer a light touch with details so I don’t want to incorporate too many details and features all at once…No point in throwing ‘everything but the kitchen sink’ at a design.
The Joy Of Basics With A Twist. Fun Sleeves!
This brings me to today’s make. It’s a versatile short cardigan with an interesting sleeve in a gorgeous recycled cotton blend ribbed knit that I purchased from Fabric Godmother. It’s lovely to sew and lovely to wear and the blush pink colour is gorgeous.
For my starting point, I used McCalls 6886 knit dress pattern(now reissued as 8058) and worked with View E body and B sleeves.
To start off I divided the front down the centre and cut the finished length at a high hip level, then I adapted the sleeve pattern. Statement sleeves have been on-trend for a few years now and they seem to show no signs of stopping. For my design I wanted some fullness but not at the shoulder or wrist, so my solution is an unstructured inverted pleat.
To make the pleat detail:
- I divided the sleeve pattern at the centre point of the sleeve head right through to the hem and I added a total of 5” (12.5cm) to the middle.
- Next, I stitched along the centre line going down about 4”(10cm) from the sleeve head and up about 5”(12cm) from the hem.
- Then, on the inside, I flattened out the pleat so that it was centred down the sleeve an equal amount on either side of the first stitching line, see the photo below.
- I secured the pleat in place with some invisible catch stitches on the inside so that it stayed put.
- Finally, I just sewed the sleeves in as normal and hemmed them with a single row of stitching.
I think the unstructured pleat adds a nice bit of fullness and interest without it being over the top, I hope you like it too 🙂
The finishing touch on my cardi was the front edges using a simple strip of folded ribbing plus buttons and buttonholes. To make sure the buttonholes didn’t stretch as I sewed them I basted small rectangles of stable tricot bra lining at the back of them which I carefully cut away after stitching….now they feel really stable and secure.
I’m happy to report that I’ve already worn my cardigan lots so it’s definitely earned a place in my wardrobe, it feels fab.
So tell me…how do you like your basics? Plain, or a little bit creative? Tell me in the comments 🙂 .
As always, thanks for stopping by, you know I love it when you do x
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