Hot! The “Snow White” Cardigan

The Facts

Fabric: about 1 metre of wool/nylon blend knit, $1.50 from the Arthur Toye remnant bin years ago
Pattern: self-drafted
Year: current
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?



Kat stumbled upon The Sew Weekly at the end of 2010. Inspired by Mena's creations and dedication to sewing each week, Kat stitched along with all the weekly themes for 2011. Through The Sew Weekly and the girls who contribute to it, she deepened her passion for vintage styles and started amassing a large collection of vintage patterns. Now she needs an excuse to try using them all.


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  1. I love seeing the “bump” grow every week! Thanks for sharing him/her with us and kudos for keeping up the sewing : ) I do look forward to seeing each ‘Kat’ creation each week and can’t wait to see the baby!

  2. You look absolutely stunning! Like Loran…I love seeing your ‘bump’ grow every week! What a brilliant idea to make a cardigan!

  3. You can’t beat a cardigan for usefulness! I love that lace.

  4. Very sweet! You’ve inspired me to try something lacy. It looks simple yet elegant.

  5. Bumpalicious Kat, I’ve never made a cardi let alone a lace one, I should give it a shot.I hope you wear it, maybe dye it if whites not your thing, can you dye nylon? not sure, it’s a thought :) I like it.

  6. Great cardigan, hope it grows on you because it looks great on.

  7. Cute cardigan. Looks like a good basic that would fit to a lot of other things. And it accentuates your bump in a very positive way. :)

  8. Love that lace, and it almost looks paisley shaped too…and white….oh my goodness you’re a trend goddess! :) Love the cinema frontage too, thank you for sharing that with us.