This is the RTW cardigan I need to clone. It came from a low end chain store, it’s basic, it’s boring in colour, and now it’s also pilled and a little stained. It’s also just the right length and shape for me.
I tried to replicate it back in 2010, unsuccessfully.
I can’t bear to throw it out because I have nothing to replace it with.
So I am trying to remedy that.
Hmm, not smiling yet, despite that happy and ridiculous psychedelic zebra skirt.
Pattern: Style Arc Nina
Size: 6-30, Australian RTW sizing. I made a 14 with no adjustments.
Fabric: mid weight ponti knit (67% Viscose 28% Nylon 5% Spandex) from Tessutis
This was the first Style Arc pattern I’ve used. The pattern is drafted beautifully and the instructions are sparse but logical. I was a bit surprised by Style Arc’s fabric estimate: only 140 cm for 148 cm wide fabric, even up to two sixes bigger than my size. I had 146 cm wide fabric and only just squeezed it in to 150 cm. If the pattern pieces were any wider (as they would be for a 16 or 18) there would be no way they could fit. There was certainly no fabric wastage!
Style Arc suggest a rolled hem finish on the front drape. I overlocked and turned under instead (I don’t know if my elderly Elna overlocker can do a rolled hem).
The back is nicely drafted. I didn’t make any alterations, even though I normally make a sway back adjustment. It has a little bit of pooling but that will be easy to fix with the next version.
Verdict: This is a nice almost-tailored jacket with a bit of quirkiness with the front drape and wonderfully comfortable to wear because its ponti. I like it but I’m not sure I will love it the same as I love the gray one..
Size: XXS – XL, I made a M
Fabric: Lightweight merino wool rib knit, lots of cross wise stretch, no lengthwise stretch. This fabric was a gift from a sewing friend and comes from a local manufacturer, Michell, (she ‘knows someone who knows someone’, the manufacturer is wholesale and export only).
Changes I made: I extended the sleeve rather than adding the cuff, and narrowed the sleeve down so that it was close fitting.
Verdict: Still not smiling. This is a lovely cardi wrap, but the front drapes are really too long; below knee length even when knotted!
Neither of these are the same as the RTW cardigan that I really, really love.
Duuh. I knew that when I selected the patterns, but somehow I hoped they would be as loved even though they were different.
Time to draft a pattern from the gray one I think!