Saturday, March 5, 2011

Two Quickies

I'm definitely feeling like my old self again and my sewing mojo is back full force. I decided after working so long on my coat that I would make a couple of easy pieces. I've had this cardi pattern for a while and have been dying to try it.



I also bought this bright and fun argyle knit and I knew I'd have to choose carefully what it would become.



This is what I came up with. I used my favorite sleeveles sweater pattern S3634 for this and just added a cowl collar using the procedure I described here. the only problem is that I forgot to center the darker rows of the argyle but oh well,if I don't point it out to everyone,it might go unnoticed.



I think pairing it with a black topper was a good way to tone the brightness down and I'm happy with the two pieces together.



The cardi is made of black rayon/poly ponti knit. I think the pattern and fabric work well together.The faced front drapes well thanks to the weight of the fabric. I secured the facing by stitching in the ditch at the front and back shoulder/sleeve seams. I used Steam-a-Seam to close the facing along the front.



All hems were machine stitched. I ended up facing the sleeves because I found them too short even for 3/4 sleeves.
I took off about an inch from the back bottom because I found it a little too long. Although the back of this piece is loose ,from the front it looks semi fitted.

I'm very happy with this combo and will likely make it again.






More pics here.

I hope you found time to sew this weekend. Have a great week!


13 comments:

Ann's Fashion Studio said...

You look fantastic in this outfit!
I love the argyle knit (I have some too :) and I think it looks wonderful with the black cardigan.

Lisa Laree said...

Oh, I am a sucker for argyle!!! Great set! What a late-winter wardrobe punch! ;)

shams said...

A VERY cute combo!! Love those pieces together and the non-centered dark argyle doesn't bother me a bit.

Claudine said...

The off-center thing looks like it was on purpose, esp under the cardigan. It's nice to see a bit of white and a bit of black at the center front.

gwensews said...

That's a great looking outfit. You did a wonderful job on the argyle. That is not an easy print to make work, but you used the perfect pattern. And the cardi is really cute. I have that pattern, intending to make it from a sheer animal print. Someday.

Lori said...

Very pretty outfit. The argyle knit looks great and I like the new cardigan. Another pattern I need!

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

Diana - I love the sleeveless top also being a member of the love, love, love argyle club! And it works so well with the cardigan and skirt.

Irene said...

Lovely outfit! Forgot to centre the plaid - no you didn't - just call it asymmetrical.

Sue said...

Oh Diana, that outfit is gorgeous!!
I don't mind the asymmetrical front diamonds at all. Looks great. You have such lovely taste in clothes and know what suits you so well.

milica said...

it is nice and with smile on Your face picture is very-very good

Gail said...

You look well - in spirit and in clothes! Love the new hairdo and the cardigan jacket is very me.

Rosy said...

You look fantastic! Nobody can say you had an oversight in the jersey of diamonds, and really the combo works. It is looks nice and warm. Another winner for your closet!

Lisette M said...

This is lovely! You look wonderful!