Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Layering Pieces or The Weather Out There is Frightful

We've had four feet of snow in two weeks1 Two weeks ago I made the mistake of saying "It looks more like spring than January !" and then all hell broke loose, namely five big snowstorms in 12 days! Needless to say, I'm constantly reaching for a sweater so what better items to sew than cardis?

The first is a  second version of one I made many years ago and that I've named my grandfather sweater. Here is the original which I still wear a lot

 and here is the new one

  The pattern is Simplicity  3634 now out of print but an excellent pattern to try if it's in your stash. The sleeveless top is my TNT for when I need a shell to wear under a jacket or cardi.

The fabric is a medium weight sweater rib knit bought at Fabricville a few years ago. I made the shorter length  and added pockets and buttons.

I'm wearing it with a teeshirt made using V8670  out of a cotton knit from Only thing to say here is I don't love this pattern. I was wanting a turtle neck but the picture on the pattern envelope is not accurate.  I checked it out on Pattern Review so I knew in advance that it was more of  a  cowl .
 so I altered the neckline a bit but I didn't get it right so added the band instead.

My next cardi is my new love in my wardrobe. I combined  the back of M6996    with  the front of
 M 6844 and  by making it one size bigger. I added length and width at the bottom like this

I added p[ockets and I made the collar/band narrower.
 Here's what I ended up with . Isn't it great?

The fabric is a sweater knit from Fabricville in oatmeal but it can pass for grey too. I love this thing and I can wear it with jeans ,a dress, or dress pants. It is very versatile and so comfy and pretty, don't you think?

I have a few other things made but they'll keep for next week.

I really hope you had time to sew this week.


Cathryn said...

Love, love love your new oatmeal sweater-knit cardigan! What a beautiful piece.

Donna DeCourcy said...

They are beautiful as well as cozy. A versatile combination! Also looking forward to a thaw so we can get together and see!

Vicki said...

I just can't imagine that sort of weather! Perfect sewing for it. They so warm and cosy.

velosewer said...

You've certainly found 'the' pattern to see you through the cold. It's a great fit.

Sharon said...

Your cardigans look so comfortable and I can see why the last one is your favourite, it certainly is lovely.

Sew Couture - Aisha J. said...

Love the cardis. They look great and, more importantly, warm!

Sew, Jean Margaret said...

Lovely cosy cardigans. Thanks for sharing your modifications to the pattern.

EmSewCrazy said...

You're right! That last one is beautiful. Layers are so important right now and you've got some beauties!

Jean said...

I really love that second cardi -- the gray/oatmeal one. So elegant! Stay warm!

Vernelle Nelson said...

Diana - I love that pattern... and of course you did an absolutely wonderful job on your layered look. Sorry I can't commiserate with you on the snow, but we're experiencing a rather nasty cold snap down here in South Florida.Every time you guys get bad weather, the temperatures drop on this end... so we do get some of your cold weather. Believe it or not, we woke up to freezing temps in the Ft. Lauderdale/Miami area this morning. If this keeps up, I'm going to have to make a few new layers for myself. Happy stitching.