I have another cardigan to love to death. And a pattern for the next time I need to make one.
What I did
I traced off a pattern from my RTW cardigan for the front and back and used the sleeve pattern from a My Image cowl top (M1152). The armscye was very similar to that of the My Image cowl top except the front was about 1cm longer on my tracing. So I added 1 cm width to the My Image sleeve pattern between the apex of sleeve head and underarm seam.
I’m not sure what you would call the method I used for tracing off. I layered my tracing paper under carbon paper and then my garment on top, spread flat from hem to armscye (the rest scrunched up). I traced over the seams with a tracing wheel and the carbon paper transferred this dotted line through to the tracing paper below. Then I put weights down at the top of my tracing (salt and pepper shakers, glasses, anything handy!) and flattened out the top bodice piece then traced that the same way. I cut out my traced pattern and then compared it to the garment, and to other patterns. It looked like it would work, so off I went.
I used a drapey slinky stretch viscose. This one has been in the stash since 2009 and was an early Gay Naffine purchase. I love this colour.
It has 70% stretch width wise and 50% stretch lengthwise. My pattern needs 1.6 m of 150 cm wide
How does it compare to the other two cardigans I made recently?
Well the pattern is quite different, as you’d expect. My green cardigan is long line and trapeze shaped, the other two both have waterfall fronts. You can see the trapeze shape a bit clearer in this photo
My pattern for the front with the neck and front band:
Style Arc’s Nina (I’ve folded out the fullness of the lower bodice and lower part of the neck band- they are both rectangles):
My pattern overlaid on Simplicity 2603 with the armsyce, shoulder and centre back neck lined up:
I’m very happy with how this turned out.
It’s a clone of my favourite cardigan but in better fabric!
The fashion modelling of the red sack (BurdaStyle 02-2014-112)
Its sack shape makes it great for dinners with lots of yummy food
and it has pockets!
It might get more wear than I originally thought. It will work with fancy tights and boots in cooler weather too.
I just need more occasions to take it out the wardrobe!