|Version 1: The loose-weave sweater knit.|
|The back - the hem dips down to create the peplum.|
|The front isn't supposed to overlap... but it does.|
By quite a bit. Which I am ok with, because it looks really good belted.
|Version 2: Black sparkle knit.|
|It is actually really sparkly in person... |
the photos don't do this version justice.
|Close-up of the fabric - it has fuzzy sparkly lurex-type |
threads that look really pretty when they catch the light.
|Version 3: Double knit from The Loft.|
|Probably my favorite version of the three and definitely the warmest.|
Sleeves are a bit tight, but not restrictively so.
|Close-up of the zig-zag print fabric.|
Here is my official pattern review:
Pattern Description: Cardigan with collar and peplum or regular hem. I made view C - the asymmetrical peplum version.
Pattern Sizing: (XS-S-M) and (L-XL-XXL). I made a size medium. I felt like there was a decent but not excessive amount of ease in this pattern (though the envelope claims that the front of this should not meet, yet my versions had a fair amount of overlap in the front).
Were the instructions easy to follow? Super easy. I used my serger for construction, so I only followed the general order of construction, and not necessarily all of the individual steps. It is super easy to put together - I was able to prep the pattern, cut the fabric, and sew three versions of this cardigan in about four hours total. The longest part of the whole process was hemming the never-ending peplum. Seriously, hemming took me about as long as constructing the rest of the garment.
Did it look like the photo/drawing when you were done with it? Yes, very much! I am really pleased with the way it turned out.
What did you particularly like/dislike about this pattern? I really love all of the versions, but especially view C (asymmetrical peplum). Views A and B (no peplum) may be in the queue for future projects. It was quick and easy to make, and only uses about 2 yards of fabric, even with the flouncy peplum. The fit was pretty good out of the envelope, and the pattern could look good in lots of different fabrics on lots of different body types, especially with the different pattern variations. No dislikes.
Fabric used: I made three of these, using several different types of fabrics. Version 1 used a loose weave sweater knit with medium stretch that I got from fabric.com, version 2 used a black glitter sweater knit that I bought at Joann Fabrics that was fairly stretchy, and version 3 used a double knit (ponte knit?) that I got at the Michael Levine Loft. I think the fit is great with the stretchier knits. With the double knit the sleeves are a bit tight. The double knit version I have to wear over a cami for it to fit, which is alright because that version is almost too warm to wear over anything else. The other version are fitted, but could be worn over a close-fitting long sleeve shirt if I really needed the extra warmth.
Pattern alterations or design changes you made: My first version (the loose sweater knit) I made a medium straight from the envelope. After that I took in the side seams about an inch at the waist seam, but left everything else as is from the pattern. I suppose I could have gotten a better fit if I had also adjusted the armscye and done an FBA, but since this is a knit cardigan and not a tailored jacket I didn't think the pattern really needed it. I would consider doing an FBA in the future, especially if I were going to make one of the other views where I would be wanting an even hem as I noticed that the waist seam was riding up a bit in the front of my versions. I plan on belting them, so I suppose I don't care too much, but something to consider if I make more versions in the future.
Would you sew this again? Would you recommend this to others? Yes, I will probably make this pattern again, though I might try one of the other views. I think three peplum cardigans are enough for now, no? And it is highly recommended - looks great and easy to sew - what's not to like? I will caution that the sleeve might be a bit tight depending on the stretchiness of your fabric, and you may want to consider an FBA if you are a member of the busty ladies club.
Conclusion: Love this pattern! I have a few patterns that I have used multiple time, but this is the first pattern that I have made three times in one day! I might want to make a few adjustments to my pattern for the next time I sew, but this is definitely headed to my list of TNT patterns.