Monday, August 7, 2017

Quilted Cable Coral Cardigan

Sometimes a piece of fabric has to marinate in my stash for a while before finding the perfect project. Other times it's barely out of the bag before it's been assigned to a pattern and sewn up... this fabric falls into the latter category!


The fabric is a quilted jersey that I bought in Singapore with Fiona. We shopped at People's Park Centre in Chinatown, and I believe I bought this fabric from either Maggie or Malin (I can't remember which).. when we saw it, Fiona and I both reached for it and basically made cooing noises. So cool!


The fabric, which has a faux cable design, is cotton jersey on the outside, but then it's lined with a poly of some sort and the little cables are stuffed with a bit of polyfill to give them volume. Because this fluffy stuffing comes out at the edges where the fabric is cut, it's essential to finish the seams, unlike with most knits.


For a quick second, I was going to make a Seamwork Oslo sweater with this fabric, figuring the cream colored cables were perfect for an oversized grandpa-style cardigan/wearable blanket. But I hadn't bought quite enough to fit the Oslo. I tried every way, but couldn't make it work (silver lining: I have the pattern all traced and everything in my size, so now I just have to find another sweater knit to make one!). Then I remembered that I also had the Style Arc Coral Cardigan pattern in my stash and that it could work equally well. The Coral has smaller pieces, so it easily fit on my 1.5 yard piece.


I liked the Coral Cardigan because it has a cool, modern cocoon shape, very much in line with Style Arc's aesthetic. Grandpa cardigan, modernized! I went with a size 16, which was great. The sleeves are just a tad long, but not offensive. Otherwise, spot-on!


The fabric's cables run vertically, parallel to the selvage, but the fabric has a decent amount of stretch in both directions (and great recovery, to boot!). There must be some lycra in there, too. Because of the 2-way stretch, I decided to play around with the stripe direction a little bit, putting it horizontal on the cardigan's neckband, cuffs and lower front bodice. I kept it vertical for the sleeves, upper front bodice and back bodice. This also helped eliminate most stripe matching, too.


The Coral Cardigan has horizontal in-seam pockets on the front bodice, but I decided to leave them out because I was worried that the quilted jersey would be too bulky. Leaving the pockets out made this an extra quick sew.


Even though I sewed this cardigan very soon after buying the fabric, it took me forever to blog it because I just couldn't get photos I was happy with even though I took three separate sets in three locations!. None of the photos really captured the cool texture of the fabric. But these photos will just have to suffice!


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  2. Love it! And it's so weird to see you in booties and cable-knit, lol. I imagine you've got a lot of wardrobe holes to fill in the next few months.

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    1. Thanks! Ha, yeah, my autumn/winter wardrobe feels a bit incomplete and disjointed. I'm also still only working with 2 suitcases of clothes until my shipment arrives in early September, so that may be contributing to it. But I've got some work to do!

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  3. ...speak to me about these shoes. They look comfy and so cute with jeans. Never found a pair I like!

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    1. Thanks! I can't speak to their comfort, as I wore them for the first time in these photos, but they sure are cute, huh? Fingers crossed for long term comfort. They're the Dansko Sheena boot in Raisin: https://www.amazon.com/Dansko-Sheena-Womens-Boot/dp/B01A03FI5I?th=1

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  4. Love it! Why, oh why, can't I find knit fabric like this on the internet? Overall, the selection of knit fabric via usual fabric websites is fairly lackluster, often with designs more suitable for children and mediocre quality. Go into any department store and there are hundreds of RTW garments made of knit in interesting textures and graphics. I wish this message could get out to suppliers. Your sweater has a great modern look!

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    1. Thanks! I agree; buying knits on the internet is tough. Many times what I get is not what I envisioned would come based on the description, too!

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  5. Love the cardigan! That fabric is amazing!

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  6. Nice sweater! You did an amazing job like usual.

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  7. This pattern is waiting for me to find the fabric to sew it up. The design is very interesting which is what I like. Lovely fabric. Did you make your trousers?

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  8. Agree - you are so adorable in your autumn gear! Love those booties! This fabric is lovely and I like the way you switched out the stripes on the neckband and bottom of the sweater! This will be super practical for you in New England autumn.

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  9. Wow, this fabric is so cool and Style Arc really came through in delivering a modern look to a classic shape. I'm laughing over non offensive long sleeves! I guess I know what you mean though--SH7s Toaster Sweater sleeves were offensively long on me. How fun though that you're getting to make more cold weather things now in VT. We've all seen hot weather Meg, and now we get to see more cold weather Meg!

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