December 30, 2013

IT WOULD BE A CRYING SHAME IF...

...I didn't use this pattern again this season, especially since I was willing to fight somebody to get my hands on it.
McCall's 6844


So I thought I'd give it another whirl using this floral sweater knit that I picked up at Joann's Fall of 2012.
Thus the fabric has had plenty of time for marination, and since I'm a cardi type of girl I thought it would be perfect for this pattern.  I used an Aztec pontederoma print my first time around with this pattern, (you can read about it here) but knew this floral sweater knit would be perfect for my second version.  Surprise!, turns out I was right.  It was a little shaky there at first because my sewing/fabric and size selection radar has been a little off lately yielding one failed coat muslin, and a dress that the jury's still out on.  When things don't go right in the sewing studio - guess I should just take a break from it - but you know me, I pressed on in spite of...

This time I went down a size from an XL to a L.  I don't know about you, but patterns with that sizing (s,m,l,xl,xxl) are sometimes a little tricky leaving me unsure which size to choose.  Yes I used the XL for the first jacket and ended up taking it in quite a bit.  This time I knew I needed to go down a size, but was still unsure because of the differences in fabric.  Two recent failed projects lingering in your memory tends not only to cause sewing paralysis, but complete terror when starting the next one.  I tell you - I prayed at the start of this simple cardigan - Imma start praying over EVERY PROJECT from now on.  Should have been doing that anyway!

I want to mention that I did not interface the band/collar of either cardigan, because I wanted the whole thing soft and cuddly.  I plan on adding a snap closure at the front of each one cause I like the look of having it closed.  I use steam-a-seam for the hems (no serging) just applied, flipped up 5/8" and stitched down.  All interior seams are serged however.

Front view
Back View
So finally something turned out right!  I do plan on making a navy pencil skirt to match...

41 comments:

  1. I definitely know the feeling of being afraid to start anything after a few less-than-ideal projects. This one looks so cozy & wonderful though! That's a great print :)

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  2. You were right, the floral fabric is really pretty in this pattern. I have a run of failures sometimes too. That's because we're BRAVE! We try new things!

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    1. Thank you. It's taken me about two weeks, but I'm now going back to that coat muslin (being brave) to make it work out.

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  3. That wonderful floral cardigan with a navy pencil skirt will be awesome!!

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  4. Very cute! You make it sound so easy to just whip something like this up!

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    1. Melissa this one is actually easy especially after making it twice. That's why I pulled this pattern back out after having two sewing room failures.

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  5. Nice cardigan! I need to make this too.

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    1. Thank you Cennetta - it is a great pattern.

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  6. Great cardigan, it will look great with a navy skirt.

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    1. Towanda I'm so deep into coat sewing land now that I throw that navy skirt project to the side for just a moment. Got to get back to it though.

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  7. Faye, this cardigan Is just too cute made up in the floral fabric.!!!! Talking about flops, I've had a few within the last two months. Finally made "the" dress that just would not fit properly AND while making robes for my grandkids, just can't begin to tell all. Just a mess- sleeves sewn to the collar, cut absolutely too short and too small. Just had to catch my breath! Looking forward to 2014!!!

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    1. I know girl! Sewing blunders or bloopers really throw me for a loop - paralyze me! Wishing you many sewing successes in 2014!

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  8. Ms. Faye....talk about CUTE!!! I bet it was forth the issues that your sewing machine was giving you hehe!
    Can't wait to see what it will look like with the navy skirt. Which pattern are you going to use? I'm almost finished with mine, decided to take an extra day off from sewing...but will start bright and early tomorrow.

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    1. Yes indeed that safety error message really scared me. Thought I had broken my machine!!!! So glad the manual indicated that it was just a bent needle. These new fangled electronic machines are so intelligent - and mine is not even the top of the line. Happy New Year to you my friend. You are doing great with your new blog!!!

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  9. Great to have such a success right at the end of the year ~ less than 4 hours (my time) till 2014 ~ I'm off to enjoy the last minutes and ring in the New Year ... a New Sewing Year, that is ... J

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    1. Well I guess it 2014 in your part of the world by now Judith. I know you are going to be producing some great designs in the new year.

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    1. Thank you Jennifer. It feels so cozy on too!

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  11. Oh I love this version of this pattern! A navy pencil skirt would be just perfect! Happy New Year Miss Faye! Wishing you and your family a healthy and prosperous New Year!

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    1. Much family health and prosperity for you too Terri!

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  12. by the time i get done taking up ,taking in ,cutting, I have a whole nother pattern in the floor lol! the jacket looks great!

    Helen

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    1. I know exactly what you are talking about! I tend to start with a larger side in the side seams to compensate for my less than girlish waistline and then taper down for fit. One just never knows with these patterns.

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  13. Ugh! I totally agree with you on the XS, S, M, L, XL pattern divisions. I bought both sets of sizes for M6844 because I couldn't decide on the right size for me.

    I didn't interface my collar bands either; I don't think many people did. It seems pointless to me.

    Happy new year Faye!

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    1. Happy new year to you to L!!!

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  14. I don't know why they even suggested the interfacing. I interfaced my first one and wasn't that thrilled about it.

    Anyway, LOVE it! The floral is beautiful in this pattern and will wear well with all of your basics!

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  15. I love this Faye! You've inspired me to get moving on mine now! I really love your version! Hope you had a wonderful Christmas!

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    1. Thank you Myra! It's really an easy make.

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  17. UGGHHHH this is so pretty and I could kick myself that I haven't made mine yet. I've had the fabric picked out for months! I think a navy pencil skirt or even a pretty chocolate brown would so nice with it.

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    1. Thank you Shawnta. I was thinking about pairing it with a brown skirt too.

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  18. I have this fabric so I know how soft and cozy your cardi jacket is ,well as being really pretty. It will look so good with a navy skirt. Great project to finish off your sewing year!

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  19. Perfect!!
    Happy New Year!!!

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  20. I love your blog
    followed
    http://minimaysi.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Why thank you Zara. So glad to meet you!

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