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Wool knit cardigan

Added Nov 21, 2010

by smurfette2010

Vancouver, Canada






Okay, this is ANOTHER item based on a cardigan I saw in the BCBG winter catalogue. I spend way too much time perusing through it!

This time, I used McCall’s M5937, but made it one size smaller, and re-sized the lapel so that it looked more like the picture in the catalogue. I made a sash but decided it didn’t look really nice, so I added a fake sash in the back for some more detail. I didn’t buy enough fabric but luckily, I had just enough faux suede left over from my birthday dress project, so I used it on the lapel and the fake sash. The cardigan fabric is a really nice oatmeal-coloured wool knit blend lined with leftover bemberg lining from previous projects. I top stitched around the edges to give the cardigan a more finished look.

Although it’s not clear in the pattern, the pieces are actually all cut on a bias, so it has a very interesting subtle pattern to it.

Material Notes

Wool blend, bemberg lining, faux suede




Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Casual, Classic
Blends, Knits/Jersey, Wool

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    Nov 23, 2010, 04.09 PMby threadsquare

    I really like this! It’s like a more structured version of the Karen cardigan on here. I made a jersey muslin of it (posting tonight), and am still iffy about the fit of it. Maybe I’ll riff off yours and make it a bit shorter, so it’s more of a kicky jacket :)

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      Nov 23, 2010, 04.25 PMby smurfette2010

      The Karen definitely has a lot more drape in the front than this one. I find items with a lot of fabric tend to weigh me down, this cardigan acts like a coat on a mild day because it is, like you said, more structured.

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    Nov 23, 2010, 07.47 AMby margrietmg

    It looks soooo confortable and stylish at the same time. I want one!

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    Nov 22, 2010, 04.03 AMby 5294sandras

    Love it!

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    Nov 22, 2010, 12.19 AMby kelepso


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    Nov 21, 2010, 10.43 PMby susisonne

    Wow, what a great idea!

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    Nov 21, 2010, 10.41 PMby Olivia Anne

    love it

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    Nov 21, 2010, 04.11 PMby zaarissima

    oh, how beautiful! Great work!

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    Nov 21, 2010, 01.17 PMby lizah

    I LOVE IT!!

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    Nov 21, 2010, 12.47 PMby hannnc

    amazing! love the waist cincher.

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      Nov 22, 2010, 01.37 AMby smurfette2010

      ah yes, that’s what it’s called!

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    Nov 21, 2010, 09.29 AMby tilshmil

    I love it. I would wear it ALL the time! You did an amazing job making something not only wearable but very stylish. One question though, do you have a closure on it? Button, snap or something to keep it closed on a windy day?

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      Nov 21, 2010, 05.41 PMby smurfette2010

      Oops, I accidentally clicked on the inappropriate button! Know a way of undoing it????

      And no, not yet. I was thinking of putting a hidden snap closure on it, but think that might affect the drape in the front. Luckily, it’s quite mild in Vancouver, so I should be able to get away with it.

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      Nov 21, 2010, 06.45 PMby tilshmil

      Ahh pooh, I went to reply and did the ‘inappropriate" button too! Seriously, those are not in a good place.
      I’m gonna get banned from Burdastyle for inappropriate use of the “inappropriate” button.

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    Nov 21, 2010, 08.52 AMby nikkishell

    What a great jacket! I love how some patterns can look so much better with just a few simple adjustments.

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    Nov 21, 2010, 08.29 AMby dabura

    AWESOME! I like a lot simple patterns. Great job.

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    Nov 21, 2010, 03.54 AMby lillydee

    This is lovely! I really like the contrasting color for the lapel.

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    Nov 21, 2010, 03.47 AMby smurfette2010

    Thanks everyone!!! I spend too much time sewing :)

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    Nov 21, 2010, 03.34 AMby nettie

    That looks absolutely amazing!! I love how you changed up the look from the pattern envelope. I wouldn’t look twice at it as it’s shown there. You’ve made it so wearable.

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      Nov 21, 2010, 03.46 AMby smurfette2010

      Thanks! It was very easy to do!

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    Nov 21, 2010, 02.37 AMby cantare

    LOVE it! I would have bought this by now if I had a button to click.

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      Nov 21, 2010, 03.47 AMby smurfette2010

      What a flattering comment! Thanks!!!

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    Nov 21, 2010, 02.31 AMby jodieclark


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    Nov 21, 2010, 01.30 AMby emily-marie

    so good! I love this!

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    Nov 21, 2010, 01.30 AMby smallone

    This is AWESOME!!!!!

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