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Wearable Karen muslin

Added Dec 2, 2010

by threadsquare

Somerville, Mass...






Here’s my June project, an organic jersey muslin for the Karen cardi. It’s handy to have in the office when they crank the a/c in the summer, but I’m not in love with it. A good lesson learned in remembering that structured garments look best on me. Flowy is pretty on the hanger and fabulous on the svelte :)

If you do make this, may I suggest reversing the seam for the neck? The collar pieces, which come around to form the pleated front, naturally want to fall outward, and I think it would look best if the neck seam were underneath (sewn wrong sides together).

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Garment Type
Cotton, Knits/Jersey

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    Dec 4, 2010, 09.48 PMby elaineren

    I think you look fab. Thanks for the tip on the collar!

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    • Cali_large

      Dec 7, 2010, 09.47 PMby threadsquare

      thanks – that’s sweet :) Have fun making this, if you choose to do so!

  • Me_pecks_large

    Dec 2, 2010, 11.06 PMby nessys

    That is EXACTLY what I’m talking about – flopping! Can’t do it. Re-reading my original comment – made me think – it sounds like what I would feel most comfortable wearing is probably a straight jacket! This is a worry….. ;) xxxx PS Still think you look svelte – but can you teach me that pose??? LOL!

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    • Cali_large

      Dec 7, 2010, 09.50 PMby threadsquare

      Now there’s a project to take on – a styling straight jacket!

  • Me_pecks_large

    Dec 2, 2010, 07.03 AMby nessys

    What do you mean – “flowy is fabulous on the svelte”!!! Honey – you ARE svelte!!!

    This looks lovely on you. I think it is more about style. I know I just feel more comfortable in structured clothes, I can’t even wear a jacket or cardi if doesn’t at least have one button done up – I just don’t feel dressed! (Yer – I’m a bit of a nut!) I know that if I wore this cardi it would drive me crazy (even with the tie). But it does look good – and the colour is lovely!

    I also know how those office air-cons can be – it can be sweltering hot outside and you are shivering at your desk!! Cardis are fab for that!

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    • Cali_large

      Dec 2, 2010, 02.44 PMby threadsquare

      Nah…I just know how to pose for the mirror :) You crack me up! But YES…those damn ties hanging and flopping all around… Even when they’re wrapped all around like in some of the BS photos, they still bug me. I like this well enough when standing just so, but walk across a room, and it’s a train wreck.

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