Added Nov 6, 2010
When I found this wool fabric on sale I knew I wanted to make one of those camel colored cardigans that are so fashionable right now. I didn’t think about the whole subject of how flattering the color is – or not – as became such a big discussion on the burda blog… I just knew I wanted to make one. Well, the fabric really wasn’t enough for one of those patterns, so I decided to come up with my own. The point was to waste as little material as possible. I came up with a pattern that is basically all just one square, and added the little left-over material (since my original shape was a rectangle) for the collar. This isn’t something I would wear on the street, but to lounge around on the sofa on a cool wintery evening it is just perfect! And soooo warm, really nice, since I live in an old building that gets a bit chilly at times. I didn’t do well on the execution side of it (and I definitely have to make a sturdier belt!), which always happens when I start improvising. But I think the pattern has potential and I might go from here and develop something nice…
The belt “loops” are actually oversized bound button holes and you can put your belt through it in many different ways. I also might add one big button at the top of the lapels. Sorry the pictures aren’t very good…
Wool, satin bias
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