I knew straight away I want to make one and as Betsy was offering free P&P (from America!!) I didn’t hesitate and ordered a hard copy. Although I don’t mind PDF’s, if time is on my side and it’s not too expensive I do prefer a hard copy. I think it took around 2 1/2 weeks to arrive, which I didn’t think was too bad.
I was in a bit of dilemma before I could order my pattern. The sizes are split in 2 – skinny bitches and curvy chicks. I’m sort of somewhere in between. Maybe a curvy bitch, I’m not sure! And also, I didn’t realise the sizes shown are for the finished measurements. Doh! So I ordered the sizes xxs-l, which has a finished bust circumference of 42 1/2 inches for a large. I measure this so had no ease on the chest!
I was a
bit worried devastated that I’d ordered the wrong size, and I did quite a bit of reading about FBAs. I measured my upper bust and decided the way forward was to go with the large and do a 1 inch FBA (adding 2 inches in total) and hopefully this should fit!
This is how it looked when I’d finished. I used the instructions in the GBSB series 3 book which were really easy to follow. I wasn’t entirely convinced it had worked until I measured the side of my new front against the old back piece and it fit perfectly. It was magic before my eyes!
I’d recently bought some Wool Blend in Foxglove Pink, and a Ponte Jersey in Indigo Marl from one of my favourite fabric stores which happen to sell their remnants on Ebay. I’m probably going to regret putting their link on as I’d like to think I have first pick at their bargain fabrics!
The middle and the right fabric are the ones I used, the left is a chambray that I bought at the same time and and am still wondering what to make with it.
Once I’d cut out my pattern (I didn’t bother tracing – yippee – as I was making the biggest size) and cut out the fabric, the making up was plain sailing.
There was a funny moment near the end of construction when hubby and son both dived into the bag of buttons thinking they were sweets:
The instructions were really straight forward and the fabric sewed like a dream. There were one or 2 things I did differently which were:
- Stay-stitched the front of the cardigan and the back neckline.
- Top-stitched everywhere I could – I love top-stitching!
- I even stitched down my bust darts which I think make it look more RTW
I’m so so so happy with the finished garment, and have had lovely comments too. Yesterday I played golf in a team match – the civilised ones where we change for tea afterwards. The lady sat to my right only happened to be a retired seamstress and teacher! OMG!! A friend told her I’d made my cardigan and she immediately asked to see inside!
I brazenly flung it open and proudly flashed my innards!!
And then today I turned up to work in it at 6:45am and was asked if i’d not been home. Cheeky monkeys thought I’d come in from a night on the town last night as I was looking unusually smart!
So without further ado, here is photo overload……
THE PICTURE BELOW IS PROBABLY THE TRUEST ONE SHOWING THE COLOUR – ESPECIALLY THE SLEEVES WHICH THOUGH DESCRIBED AS INDIGO, REMIND ME OF A HEATHER COLOUR.
The main thing I would do different next time is to use dark interfacing instead of white. I never gave it a thought that when I opened up my butten holes that the white would show!
Oh, and fancy some button envy………. and doesn’t my blingy necklace go with it!
After work tonight we had tea at my mum in laws and I got H to take some pics in the front garden before it got dark. Can you spot George the bull dog? I never realised that whilst H was taking the pics there was a stick near my feet and George was eyeing it up!
So, how do you like my new cardi? That’s 3 different outer wear things this month, 2 casual tops and a little bit of crochet. Oh, and 2 #jumpingintojune muslins! Luckily I’ve only had to work 9 days this month as I’ve taken some annual leave, and had lots of me time!