I have a RTW knit longline cardi that I would love to replicate. What I should do is cut it up and make a pattern from it. Even though it is old and was never high quality, I still like it more than any other cardi and certainly better than any of my attempts to replicate it.
I think I might now have reached the point of taking the scissors to it.
My first try at replication was this wrap (LMB 07-2010-1: blogged about here).
There were two main things wrong with this version.
The pattern drafting was a bit generous. This should’ve been obvious from the fashion shoot in the magazine, but I didn’t pay enough attention.
My front band addition was too wide and not shaped around the neck.
It gets worn around the house.
I’ve just finished my second attempt. It will only get worn around the house too.
This one was based on Burdas recent pattern (01-2013-114) with chiffon or satin as an underlayer with an integrated scarf/shawl neckline.
Very elegant. Lots of nice versions on the Russian burda site. Just not mine..
I skipped the scarf look and used the underlayer as the front pattern piece. A nice medium weight double knit with good recovery was my fabric.
I reduced the width of the front band by about 5 cm, and took the armscye in by 5 mm. It is still way too big and just not like my old grey cardi that I love!
I ask myself why I don’t use a pattern that lots of people have tried and like? Like Simplicity 2603? I have it in my pattern stash, I like the style and I’ve already made it up for Felicity. Wasn’t she a sweet tween back in 2010 (now, of course, she is a gorgeous young woman).
What are your recommendations for a long line wrap?