Thursday, June 30, 2016

Style Arc Nina Cardigan

Waterfalls and sweater knits...




Inspired by Mary's pattern review (and her gorgeous striped version!), I decided to make myself the Style Arc Nina Cardigan. I love the idea of a waterfall cardigan with some shaping so it doesn't look like I just took a long rectangle of fabric and sewed sleeves into it...


It may seem weird to sew a cardigan for myself while I'm living in hot, hot Bangkok, but I end up carrying and wearing a cardigan pretty frequently since many buildings (the office, the mall, the movie theater) are extremely over-air conditioned. A lightweight cardigan is a necessity. It was also going to see some action on my trip to Perth this weekend, but the trip got cancelled. Booooooo.


Anyway, for my Nina, I went with a Hacci-type sweater knit in light grey with black slubby/nubby bits. I got in the clearance section at Joann Fabrics last year when I was in the States. Fun texture, the perfect light weight, a little bit stretchy...


Not much to say about construction. The pattern comes together really quickly. Once I had the PDF taped together, it probably only took an hour and a half to cut and sew. Maybe less if I hadn't been distracted by OITNB! I did it entirely on my serger, cavalierly ignoring the instructions to use the sewing machine and pivot at the corner where the bodice and bottom hem piece meet the neckband. It turned out totally fine and no one will be the wiser!


I am torn on hemming my Nina; the pattern calls for serged edges, but I don't like that look. So, for now, I have left it unhemmed, save the sleeves, which I turned up 1" and twin needle stitched (they might still be a teensy bit long). I used some Fray Check on the ends of the serged seams for now. 


While I test out the unhemmed garment, I'll practice some hemming alternatives suggested to me by my Insta-buddies (serger rolled hem, turn and zig-zag, turn and twin needle, narrow zigzag the raw edge) on scraps to see which one works best and maintains the cardigan's fluid drape.


I like my Nina cardigan! Great for throwing over basically any outfit, casual or dressy. I'll definitely plan to make some more... maybe in a fun color like Jean, or stripes like Mary. Or both!

15 comments:

  1. I am with you, I know technically knits don't need to be hemmed....but....I just feel the need to do it.

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    1. Yeah, sometimes I feel ok leaving them raw, but sometimes it just feels weird...

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  2. Love this style of cardigan!!! Thanks for the review. Off to check it out.

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    1. Thanks, Pam! It's a nice pattern.

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  3. I also prefer my knit edges finished in most cases, but I think the raw edge suits the front water-fally part of the cardigan. I would feel like I wanted to hem the back but that wouldn't work so well leaving the front raw. It looks really cute with the jeans, tee and shoes.

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    1. Thanks, Masha! I think raw edges are the route I'm taking for exactly those reasons, although we'll see how well the raw edges withstand washing!

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  4. Super Cardi, soft, light and cosy...perfect. I have tried this pattern and couldn't decide on the edges and ended up folding once and zig-zagging but it ruined the drape of the waterfall and regretted it, it might be different on other knits though, I can't seem to master the rolled hem consistently yet. Lynsey.

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    1. Thanks, Lynsey! Eek, sorry about your cardigan. I'm hoping to avoid that, but we'll see how the raw edges stand up to wear and washing!

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  5. What a great look for you! And such a natural with your boyfriend jeans!

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  6. Love your Nina Cardigan. This is such a flattering pattern. I h ave made three so far and have plans for more. I have always hemmed the raw edges by turning a 1cm hem twice and stitching. This has not affected the drape at all in my experience. Thanks for the mention.

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    1. Thanks, Jean! All of your Nina cardigans are so pretty! Glad to know that the drape on your cardigans wasn't affected by the hemming!!

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  7. Très joli! J'aime beaucoup et il te va très bien. Bravo! Béné

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  8. Really chic! Have you played with a serger rolled edge yet?

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