Did you miss me? I ended up taking some time out due to some health problems that turned into worries and ended up with a hospital procedure. Thankfully. the outcome seems to be ok, although it wasn’t the most fun of things to go through and the anxiety of it all exhausted me. Anyway, I’m trying to get back up to speed with projects by starting off with a bold-coloured make in the form of my McCalls 7476 cardigan. The fabric is a pure wool garter stitch sweater knit in burnt orange that I bought from Stone Fabrics.
This colour isn’t one that I’ve worn before but it’s actually a pretty close match to the bright rust in my Soft Autumn colour palette and what sealed the deal is that it’s also in both of my statement print long-sleeved tops, here and here
At the forefront of my mind when I bought the fabric (it’s dry clean by the way) was how I could finish the hems and the seams neatly, given that it’s a proper knit with a fairly loose stretchy structure. I decided that a knit jersey binding for the hems and seams would be a good idea and luckily Bess from Stone Fabrics was very helpful in finding a perfect match viscose binding for me…thank you, Bess!
What about the pattern? I hear you ask…well, it’s a fairly simple dropped-shoulder design with length options and a shawl-style collar if you want it. I chose view B and I cut a size small around my shoulders and armholes grading out to almost a medium at the hip.
I finished the shoulders, armhole and sides in the same way. First I stitched the seam with a slight zig-zag using my walking foot, then I pressed, trimmed and laid the binding over the top. Next, I stitched down each side of the binding. The resulting seams look quite decorative and also really neat on the inside.
To finish the hems, and front edges I stitched the binding along one edge then pressed it up to the inside and slip stitched along the top edge. I had tried machine stitching them up but the bottom of the cardi proved troublesome because of the lines of garter stitch in the knit. If I veered off course a bit and crossed over a line of garter stitch it kind of looked really higgledy-piggledy and messy so I went with the neater option. The pockets are also hand-stitched into place with binding along the top.
And that’s it…Had I chosen a Ponte knit or another sort of stable knit fabric this would have been a fast sew. Trust me to choose something that causes more labour-intense sewing! But I have to say that I love the easy casual vibe of my cardigan and the colour is so cheerful…plus my hubby approves of it so that’s a win in my books.
I’ve really loved sewing and planning to sew lots of fun basics. I think this cardi will be a great wardrobe addition.
Thanks for stopping by my little corner of the internet and I’ll see you soon x
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