Anyway I digress. I have made a couple of Grainlines patterns now (another one to blog about soon!) and I have found them all to be so easy to follow and straight forward to put together. The fit is made for me, being a straight size 10 I don't need to make any alterations which is dreamy when it comes to easy sewing. The only thing I managed to mess up on this is the sewing of the band to the front. It is too tight and consequently wrinkles a bit mid way down. The fabric has stretch but the pieces at the front seemed to struggle to reach the required length and easing the fabric to reach the required length was a total mistake. But hey you live and learn and it isn't so awful you wouldn't want to wear it. Plus I don't think anyone has actually realised so its probably just me being persnickety.
My second issue is the slip stitching around the front band - you sew the band down by hand rather than serge or machine sew it. I had to redo it a couple of times as the stitch doesn't stretch with the fabric and it popped a couple of times. I am not sure if I am doing something wrong but I just put it on more carefully now. Once on its not an issue. Anyone else made this and know the solution here? I fancied just serging it on to be honest but I am not sure if it would sit flatly.
What I really like about this cardi is it feels kind of elegant to wear, its stylish whilst being a staple wardrobe basic. The cute hidden pockets are a lovely little feature and the seam across the cardi half way down the body means you can play about with colour blocking, just like this wonderful version from Christine Haynes. Endless possibilities!
The fabric was a weird one. When I was sewing it together it gave off a really weird plasticy smell that has only faded after a couple of washes. It also seems to like to come apart a little. I have had to sew in a couple of threads that have just come unravelled for no reason. The best thing is the wrong side of the fabric, it is red and gold in colour and so pretty. I think it might actually look quite nice sewn as the right side.
If you are struggling with fabric choices then both Fabric Godmother and Dragonfly fabrics do lovely basics colour palettes of ponte roma which is perfect for this piece. Girl Charlee has the most wonderful patterned ponte if you want something a little more wow! The Fabric Store sells lots of heavier weight merino jersey but it is expensive so you need to make sure you can cope with cutting into that fabric when you get it!!
So in conclusion I am going to make more of these, one for my Mum first but then when I have time definitely another one for me. I love, love, love it! What do you think?