Grandma's Trying Too Hard Cardi
Added Jul 16, 2014
Battle Creek, Un...
My intention was to make a lace cardigan that would look nice with skinny jeans and boots. What I ended up with was something that makes me feel like I’m old trying to be young. You’ll have to take my word for it, because I’m not going to post the bathroom selfie. (toothpaste splattered mirror, you know…).
This is my first successful BurdaStyle make and I was surprised at how well it fit me with very few changes. I made a 1/2 inch forward shoulder adjustment, and tapered out the hips to the next size larger starting around the waist. Like other reviews have stated, it fits tightly, and I would size up if using a thicker fabric.
The pattern wasn’t difficult to sew, and all my dislikes regarding this make are fabric-focused. The mesh lace was difficult to hem, even with the stay tape (which I hate that you can totally see). The band is interfaced with silk organza, which works perfectly, but there’s something about the thickness and resulting opacity that bugs me. Using pearl snaps instead of buttons worked great, but the front ends seems to stick out funny. If I were to wear this, I’d take the time to hand tack it down. There’s enough stretch that I can just pull it over my head. However, after my Day 1 test wear, the fabric is already snagging and fuzzing at stress points, so this one is a wadder!