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I’m making the Esther cardigan – I think. The instructions require 150 cm fabric width. I’ve just laid out my pieces and one of them has to be placed on the fold but is 80 cm wide – meaning that it will never fit onto the required 150 cm fabric! What now? I’ve looked at all of the member projects for this pattern and no one seems to have mentioned this. My fabric is 150 cm wide, and I cannot stretch it to be 160. It is a fairly forgiving, stretchy knit, but I don’t like to start by stretching it to fit my pattern pieces. Can anyone help?


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    Nov 20, 2011, 06.56 PMby mlssfshn

    I’m not familiar with this pattern but from looking at yardage it sounds like that piece may be cut on the bias or length wise. You could also shorten the sleeves. On the main page it says rib knit which isn’t a 4 way stretch,so now I’m confused.

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    Nov 20, 2011, 06.58 PMby mlssfshn

    I looked at the projects and the sleeves look long I would shorten the sleeves.

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      Nov 20, 2011, 08.10 PMby susan

      Thanks, but it’s not the sleeve piece that’s too big, it’s the band. I think people have shortened the sleeves though!

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    Nov 20, 2011, 07.28 PMby patti-r

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    Nov 20, 2011, 07.55 PMby thecuriouskiwi

    Hi, I made the Esther twice now. Patti-r has kindly provided the link to my blog above :) you can also look at them in my studio here. My fabric was not long enough for the entire collar to be cut on the fold (I had 2.2m x 152cm wide) so instead of cutting on the fold I cut it twice (add a seam allowance to the folded edge of the pattern piece). I didn’t really follow the instructions (they are a bit crap, just look at the pictures) so I cut the body piece first then I refolded the fabric with my stripe to cut the rest of the pieces. If you are desperate I could do a little sketch for you.

    My Esthers are here and here

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      Nov 20, 2011, 08.13 PMby susan

      Yes, I’ve seen your lovely Esthers! They are so nice, especially the striped one!

      So you just added a bit into the back of the neck? I couldn’t see it in your photo (under your hair). That’s what I was thinking: just splice those 10 cm in. But it is a pity, isn’t it? I’ve making the 38, but even the smallest size would not fit onto 150 cm fabric.

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      Nov 20, 2011, 08.27 PMby thecuriouskiwi

      I just added a join at the back of the neck, I cut the collar as two pieces, you can fit them side by side on what is remaining after you but the main body piece out.
      I managed to get the main body piece on the 150cm wide fabric while it was folded in half…are you placing it around the right way? I know it’s a confusing piece of pattern drafting and took me a bit to work out which straight edge went on the fold.

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    Nov 20, 2011, 08.06 PMby thecuriouskiwi

    Oh I should probably add that I cut a size 40

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      Nov 20, 2011, 08.49 PMby susan

      Yes, the body piece fits fine with room to spare.I’ve got it right I am sure because the edge is marked ‘place on fold’. It’s the long band piece, the rectangle with a point at one end that needs to be cut on the fold – that piece is 80cm from the end on the fold to the point whereas my fabric is 75 cm wide when folded.

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      Nov 20, 2011, 08.56 PMby thecuriouskiwi

      Ok yup, I’m with you. To that long rectangle I added 5/8" SA to the edge marked ‘cut on fold’, then I cut mine out with the fabric not folded, you should be able to get two side-by-side and have enough fabric left over for the cuffs. You don’t really see the extra seam. I hope that helps, I’ll look out for your project xx

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