In-flight cardigan

I’ve made a thing – well I’ve made lots of things, but getting photos hasn’t happened around here. I’ve been on holiday and every time the weekend turns up, it seems to rain! Not particularly conducive to taking photos. Yes, it’s the summer, but there was snow on the hill range just up the road last night…

img_1115 I made this cardigan specifically for my holiday. I’d seen various versions online and it fitted the bill perfectly – hidden pockets to stick tissues and/or boarding passes in, long line so it covers up my bum, etc. If you haven’t guessed by now, this is the Seamly Wrapped Cardigan. Seamly produce “socially responsible clothing” and are based in Denver, CO. However, they have made the patterns for some of their creations available to the sewing community via Indiesew, who also happen to be in CO, but up the road in Boulder (a fine town and home to an old friend of mine).

img_1104The pattern has 36 pages – yes! The pattern pieces for the front to create that cascade are big. There’s no just getting this from a small amount of fabric, you need to make sure it’s wide enough, or you have enough. Based on my measurements, I made a size XL, for the long sleeve version with 60″ wide fabric, you need 3.5 yds, ie 3.2m of 150cm wide fabric – that’s as much as a dress!!

img_1120It’s actually pretty easy to put together, but be careful, the front pieces end up on the diagonal down the side seam, so you can easily stretch it. The pockets are made by the facing to the neck band. It’s quite clever really, they end up being completely concealed.

img_1176My fabric is quite loosely woven and frayed like anything. I got it from Mel, who decided she didn’t like it anymore! Initially I thought to make a Style Arc Nina cardi, then decided this would fit the bill better.

img_1171The instructions are clear and easy to follow with lots of diagrams to keep Nikki happy! The second step is a bit fiddly, the two front pieces are stitched together at the neck and the back is then attached to that in a very odd shaped seam. It worked, but it’s fiddly!

screenshot-2017-01-20-20-38-55The deets
Fabric:  Teal green and white striped knit from thecuriouskiwi – not sure of the composition
Notions:  Thread and tape for the shoulder seams
Pattern:  Seamly Wrapped cardigan, size XL
Changes made:  Possibly shortened the sleeves – I have short arms!
Another one/recommendations:  Not sure this on my make again list. It’s a fab cardigan for travel and throwing on while on holiday, and so another might get made in a different colour for that purpose. It had a lot of wear while we were away on holiday just recently, mainly for the pockets! (Proof in the pudding, this photo is from the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbour.)

img_0661I’ll see how much wear it gets now we’re back home.The fit is great and it’s a quick and easy make. Not everyone likes draped cardigans, but I thing this is a great make.


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