So I guess this is the week where I show you all the gray things I’ve made out of knit fabric. Yesterday it was a maxi skirt, today a cardigan. Okay, so that’s it for the week! But I could go on and on. I love the color gray! Especially this speckled heather gray!
Today I’m sharing my Laurelhurst Cardigan for the Straight Stitch Designs one year anniversary blog tour! The goal of this sew was to remix it…change it up a bit and add some personal touches. I had grand plans for my remix, and then eventually landed on this not so very remixed version of the cardigan! Here’s my little change….it’s two inches shorter, just two inches chopped off the bottom.
Want to know my big plans? I was going to add pockets. Well, I actually did add pockets. I have a very similar cardigan from Lands End with side seam pockets. The pockets in the Lands End cardigan are sewn into the hem, giving them the support they need to stay in place. Well, this store bought cardigan is made out of french terry, a much more stable knit than I chose. When I sewed the same pockets in my cardigan, they dropped. They dipped below the hem line and looked all kind of wonky. I was so bummed. I had made a pattern piece for you and everything, I knew it was going to turn out awesome. Ha! Oh well, pockets didn’t work so I just chopped the bottom of the cardigan off! I’m loving this shorter version, though, because I can wear the cardigan with shorts.
Enough about my failed remix. Want to hear more about the cardigan? It’s pretty great! In fact, I sewed it up quickly (maybe 1 hour total) and wore it to work that evening. And I received a compliment right away from a friend! Yesterday I mentioned how I think maxi skirts make you look long and lean. I think the same is true for these drapey cardigans. They play an optical illusion on your eye making you look slim and tall! I love it!
Kimberly from Straight Stitch Designs has you leave all of the edges raw on the laurelhurst. I was reluctant to do so at first, but this fabric curled so perfectly that it worked out great!
Oh, and the fabric…it’s from Raspberry Creek fabrics on etsy. This is my first time ordering from Raspberry Creek and I will definitely order again. Ordering knit fabric online can be a bit scary, not knowing the quality or feel of the fabric. This knit fabric, though, is amazing. I ordered a bit more than I needed for the cardigan and I’m so glad I did. I’ll be making a few t shirts and tank tops out of my extras!
While Kimberly is celebrating Straight Stitch Designs one year anniversary, all of her patterns are half off….that makes the pdf version of the laurelhurst only $5. And she has paper patterns (half off also) and stitch kits (40% off) all until September 20th!
Quick Glance Details:
Fabric: Cotton Lycra Jersey
Size / Modifications: size 4, shortened the hem by 2″
Also, you should pop around and look at the huge lineup of other bloggers Kimberly organized to showcase Straight Stitch Designs’ patterns! And there’s a pretty big giveaway to help celebrate!
Thursday, September 10th: Melissa Rebel & Malice | Annika Näh-Connection | Abby Sew Much Ado
Friday, September 11th: Katie It’s Hard to Hear Up Here | Jane Buzzmills | Lisa Mabey She Made It
Saturday, September 12th: Elena Randomly Happy | Allie Indiesew | Jess If Only They Would Nap
Monday, September 14th: Jaime Made By Jaime | Lauren BASTE + GATHER | Sara Made by Sara
Tuesday, September 15th: Audrey Skirt Fixationy | Teri Fa Sew La | Hayley Welcome to the Mouse House
Wednesday, September 16th: Emi Just Add Fabric | Rachael Imagine Gnats | Teresa Dandelion Drift
Thursday, September 17th: Kaysie | KZJO’STUDIO Rita Conversas de Hermanas | Stephanie Swoodson Says
Friday, September 18th: Andreia In a Manner of Sewing | Nienke Pienkel | Abbey Sew Charleston