Or maybe I should call this post “who said twin sets are dead?” lol! Anyway…in late summer last year I finally pulled the trigger and bought some lengths of Merino wool jersey from The Fabric Store Online in New Zealand and this self-designed cardigan and tank was my first project with it. I think it’s safe to say that working with this lovely fabric has totally spoiled me and I may never return to viscose jersey again.
Let’s chat about the tank first. I’d seen lots of variations of high-necked cutaway armhole tanks in ready-to-wear collections online and wanted one for myself but with less extreme cutaway armholes so that I could still wear my regular bra. A quick flick through my Burda magazines and I found the pattern of a top from July 2019 (number 119) to use for my starting point. I used the back and front pieces and I cut the armholes in a little and raised up the neckline.
It’s a straightforward make so I just started off by doing the side seams and the shoulders on my overlocker but then I decided that I wanted a little pop of colour. I used some leftover pink wool jersey from this project and did a flat piping effect around the neck and armholes.
I cut some narrow cross-grain strips and then overlocked them around the neck and armhole. Next, I folded them to the inside leaving about a quarter of an inch jutting out to give a lovely colour pop. Finally, I finished off with two rows of stitching. I didn’t use a twin needle because try as I might I couldn’t stop it from tunnelling…something about the fabric didn’t like the twin needle at all, I tried everything I could think of to alleviate it but it just wouldn’t behave. So I just did a mock twin needle effect. I absolutely love the pink edging and how it elevates a simple tank top style. Plus the fabric was a pleasure to work with.
Next up is the cardigan.
This cardigan actually started out as a whole other project…a wrap cardigan to be precise. I cut the wrap design out, stitched the shoulders and the sides, tried it on…and…I hated how I looked in it. I’m not sure why it is, but I realised that I simply do not like how I look in a wrap style.
Anyhoo, moving on… after much grumbling and head-scratching, I carried on with Plan B.
I managed to cut a very simple, short edge-to-edge cardigan from the wrap cardigan pieces. I simply created a basic shaped plain back and two V-neck fronts, though obviously, I needed some sort of bands for my cardigan fronts and as luck would have it there was just enough fabric left over to make them.
So, do you remember how I said that this fabric was prone to tunnelling when I used a twin needle? Well, that gave me an idea… I decided to use the effect to my advantage and I created a tucked detail all along the front edge bands and hems.
I used a 4 mm wide twin needle and made sure to add a bit more tension to the bobbin thread by tightening the screw on the bobbin case. By doing this I was able to exaggerate the tunnelling even more. I did a row of the twin stitching through the middle of the hems and the bands and I’m actually pleasantly surprised rather thrilled with how they turned out.
And that’s it. Quite a straightforward couple of projects really, though not without some little problem-solving moments along the way. And maybe you might want to try my edging and hemming ideas for yourself sometime?
I really like that the two pieces can be worn together or on their own and make great little casual additions to my wardrobe.
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you had a nice Easter break. I spent a lot of time gardening, going for walks and enjoying nice food. The weather has been gorgeous too 🙂
See you soon!