The “Snow White” Cardigan
Fabric: about 1 metre of wool/nylon blend knit, $1.50 from the Arthur Toye remnant bin years ago
Notions: 6 buttons from my stash (from an op shop for $0.10)
Time to complete: about 1.5 hours
First worn: to the movies to see Snow White and the Huntsman
Wear again? probably
Bump: 28 weeks
Total cost: about $1.60
So apparently lace is ‘on trend’ at the moment. So are pastels, yellow, and peplums. The last one is what I wanted to use for this week’s ‘on trend’ challenge, but, well, I think I’ll just leave that for a few more months! Since it’s winter, and I need warm things (and I never have enough me-made cardigans for the ‘me-made’ months) this week was all about cardigan-making for me. Cardigans are great at the moment – they can be open over the bump, and nice and warm and snuggly everywhere else. I do love me some cardigans. Always.
Anyway, my first thought was to go with ‘pastels’ for this challenge. Digging through my stash, it turns out I’m running rather low on cardigan-friendly fabrics. No pastels in sight! (Which probably isn’t all that surprising, since I’m not really a pastels kind of girl.) I did however unearth this white lacy wool/nylon blend knit that’s been hanging around for a few years waiting to be used.
The cardigan was pretty straight-forward to make up. I used a pattern for knit fabric tops that I drafted over a decade ago, and added extra allowance down the centre front so that I could turn it in on itself for a facing. Being winter, I went with long sleeves – all the better to keep wrists warm and cozy in cold winds. I added strips of lightweight interfacing at the centre front, between the two layers of the white knit by folding the knit over the interfacing before stitching down. This way, the buttons and buttons holds are a lot more stable.
I’m not 100% sure about this cardigan though – I usually lower the neckline on this pattern, but decided to try it without lowering it this time. I’m not sure if it’s that, or the fact that it’s white (which isn’t a colour I tend to wear) that’s making me a bit unsure about it. Or maybe it’s because it’s lace. Who knows? *shrug* I’ll wear it a couple of times and see if it grows on me.
The photos were taken outside the Embassy movie theatre – probably my favourite movie theatre in all of Wellington. The theatres are small, and you sit on two-person couches. They have baskets of cushions at the door, which you can grab to take in to lean against/sit on/have pillow fights on the way out of the theatre with. And it’s got old-school light bulbs around the sign. Fabulous, no?