wardrobe challenge with my online and IRL sewing groups. I don't know why I took so long to make the right topper for this outfit. I knew I wanted to use this strip as compliment for these pants, I just couldn't figure the right look. I originally sketched up a look and sewed up a top that went south really fast....a sheer DUD!!! PLEASE...LAUGH your head off. I'm good with that, it looks good on the skinny super tall model. Another reason to understand how your body relates to different looks.
I am totally in love now. Now I need to work on the fit of the cardigan just a tad bit more.(The tissue fitting video is here.)
- 3/4" Swayback
- 1.5" FBA using the pivot and slide on the front and also on the side seam.
- 1.5" large bicep for the sleeve using the pivot and slide method again. (I just love some pivot and sliding.)
- For the hip if increased in the center back as well as the sides and front. I also lengthened the entire thing to balance.
- The shoulders were lowered by 1/4" at the shoulder point and the sleeve cap ease was shimmied off about 3/8". I like the roomy sleeves and the fact there is not to much cap.
A note on the back folks.... After seeing the back and noticing that I am now "Curving" a little more than I used to...I went back and gave myself an "untested" change for the shoulder blades. I will keep you posted on this new change. I also changed to give it a center back seam, and thus, added a grain line based on the upper section of the back pattern piece so that my HBL (horizontal balance line) will hang correctly.
I chose not to make the tie belt. Initially, I was going to add a third button, since that is what was called for in the pattern. Instead, I settled for two buttons, because when I went to find another pack at Joanns, I couldn't find a match. The seaming was done using my Bernina 1300mdc serger set for the combination overlock and chainstitch. The thread used was the Bulky nylon from Guttermann in both the serger loopers.
The shoulders and side seams were done with the chainstitch and overlock combined in order to limit any over stretching for those seams. Also, on the shoulders and sleeves I used the process that I demonstrate on my video here:
After my last cardigan, which I haven't worn much since I made it, except on a cruise...I felt I would consider this length and see if it was something I would wear before making anymore. The jury is in!!! I WILL definitely be making more cardigans. Will it be this version, I'm not really sure. Although, I do like this style, I am more interested in having one with pockets. I may redesign this one to add some of the details I would like. That makes sense, especially after making all these adjustments. What say you to other ideas for designing cardigans or "toppers?'
|Youtube Video Tutorial: How to sew in knit sleeves.|