|Bias cut dress and lace cardigan with patterned selvedge used at edges.|
I felt the fabric was probably too fine and floppy in weight for what I was after - I did have heavier lace but decided against moving on with that as I wasn’t pleased with the result of this. This was also partly style. I felt it wasn't dressy enough for what I was after. The sleeves were too long (I had lengthened the pattern too much - I have long arms) and needed turned up more; I’m just not a push the arms up although that’s what the photos show! I actually tacked the sleeves shorter before I abandoned this. I hadn’t added a fastener. The original pattern photo shows the lace trim used as an edging - I wasn’t able to do that with the fabric I had. One of the advantages of using a different lace would be that this nicer edging would be possible.
Options for fastener at the top - hook and eye hidden behind edge or pearl or similar button sewn on and thread loop to close (as shown in the original photo).
Also, trim the cuffs shorter and restitch where marked.
|March 2016. No closure|
|March 2016 cuffs turned up|
I looked at pearl buttons and a little diamante button that I had in my stash but they weren't right. They imposed too much of a particular style to the cardigan and not necessarily one I'd want. I decided to go with the hook and eye - but then found a perfect navy button in the sewing bee button stash. This would perform the function without imposing. I sewed on the button and Lyn showed me the way to add a fabric loop from matching thread, in the best way. It looks rather nice.
|Excess fabric turned down to show the amount|
|Hem tacked to correct length|
I could no longer find the original thread I used. I took a reel of thread the correct colour, wound up a bobbin and prepared to sew my double turned cuffs with stitching at 1/4".
First I had to test my machine. The other day my foot pedal crashed to the ground and came apart and wasn't put together properly so didn't work. David sorted it with advice from my dealer but I hadn't had the chance to test it in case there was any other problem. Fortunately, it worked.
However, when I came to test my new thread, I had no end of difficulty and dreadful thread nests. I threaded and rethreaded. Long story short I found I was using silk thread and it was too thick for my chosen needle. Dan also thought it might be too smooth. I rethreaded with ordinary thread and had no further problems.
I sewed the cuffs without too much difficulty. I think the sleeves are still too long but my sewing group didn't agree, so I left them.
This UFO is finished. I still don't like it. I think it is too big in parts and not just because I've lost weight though that contributes. One of the others in class suggested I'd like it in the right circumstances say over a nice camisole.
The next photos are taken of the finished garment over a nice silk camisole. I don't really think it helps! We were in a hurry to take some photos though, as we unexpectedly had to visit my mother who was ill (fortunately a little better now) and I wanted to post the PR entry. The photos are poor and need retaken - one day, perhaps!
|I'm holding the bits of sleeve cut off. I need to retake a photo with me standing straight - but that will have to wait.|
|The excess fabric at the back is fairly clear|
Rory pointed me in the direction of her UFO pile. I not so politely declined. She then suggested maybe she should hold a UFO class. That's not a bad idea, is it? Except maybe I won't have any! And pigs might fly.