The Coral Cardigan Experiment
I love cardigans in the winter, they look nice and are great for layering. I made this pattern once before and really liked the results, but the fabric I used wasn’t very good so it started pilling almost immediately and the last time I washed it a button fell off, so I pretty much gave up on it. Obviously I needed another one. I have a tank top from the same fabric and pattern cut out, but haven’t felt like sewing it together yet, not sure if I’ll even review it once I do.
Pattern: M5978, OOP
Pattern Description: Cardigans have three-quarter or full length sleeves and stitched hems; cardigan A has purchased lace trim; cardigan B has jewel stones; cardigan C has pearls; cardigan D has self-fabric appliques; sleeveless top E has narrow hem finishing at neck, armhole and lower edges.
Pattern Sizing: XS – M, I cut a small
Fabric Used: Coral “slub” knit, tissue weight
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Mostly, I made some experimental changes though.
Were the instructions easy to follow? I didn’t follow them much because I like to sew the underarm and side seams as one after attaching the sleeve heads.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? It’s basic and fits really well. I didn’t use the facings this time around because on my old version they were kindof annoying.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: The biggest change I made was how I finished the neck and front edges. Instead of using the facing I cut long strips of self fabric approximately the same length as the edges, folded them in half and sewed to the edges. Then I turned the seam allowance inside and used a twin needle to secure that down. An experiment that worked out pretty good. Next time I need to remember to cut off the original seam allowance, and make sure the strips are as long or longer than the garment edge (mine somehow were a little too short so I eased them in a little, which I think makes it drape a little different).
I also changed the order of construction like I mentioned above and finished the hems with a twin needle (which didn’t work great with the thin fabric, but that’s ok). And I didn’t put on the buttons because I was worried the weight of the fabric wouldn’t handle button holes, who needs buttons anyways?
Would you sew it again? Yes
Would you recommend it to others? For some reason the pattern is out of print, even though it’s pretty nice, but it’s a good pattern if you have it. There might be an updated cardigan pattern I don’t know about that uses the same base as this one (they like to recycle patterns I think, to make more money of course).