08 Dec Style Arc – Coral Cardigan
What would you do if you received a scarf with which you had nothing to wear?
1 – “Thank you for the scarf but I never wear these colors. Please give it to someone who can enjoy it.”
2 – Put it in the closet and forget about it.
3 – Sew a new garment to wear with the scarf.
LOL – The scarf is gorgeous and while it looks good on black, it didn’t look good on me on black.
Decades ago when people ‘had their colors done’………(Color Me Beautiful), I was labeled a SPRING and its, true… I look best in clear spring colors. However, I learned the key to wearing an unflattering color is to wear white around your face.
Mood Fabrics’ beautiful stretch jacquard by Jay Godfrey is not in the Spring color palette, but I can wear it when combined with a white collar to separate the color from my face.
So let’s talk sewing….. Style Arc’s Coral Cardigan caught my eye.
I liked the nifty shorter front neck band and inseam pockets, and though it’s designed for knits, this jacquard is extremely stretchy.
Due to its oversized nature I cut out a smaller size (size 4) and made no adjustments at all.
Style Arc instructions often confuse me because they do not feature the traditional sewing language I learned. I love the patterns, but I meditate heavily on each step before proceeding.
Next the entire edge of the cardigan is finished in one step. (I stabilized the lower bodice edge with Steam a Seam before turning and topstitching – not pictured.)
It’s a well-designed pattern with interesting features and a great fit for an oversized garment.
The bands end right at the waist, and since I’m wearing contrasting colors I’ve tucked in the shirt to avoid having three lengths of contrasting colors front and center. A solid color underneath would be different.
Quite often it takes an outside force to make me leave my comfort zone and try something new. Many thanks to my dear friend for the scarf! I’ve got a new color to wear – maybe she knew something I didn’t 🙂
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