Yesterday it snowed. It’s April and it snowed. Yes, I know some of you in other parts of the world are also still awaiting real spring to arrive, but gosh, I was miffed driving through the horrible, wet, cold sleet. So I came home and decided to sew a cosy cardigan.
I chose Burdastyle’s Esther cardigan. The only modifications I made were a 1.5 inch sway back adjustment and to shorten the sleeves by 2 inches. I realise now of course that I should probably have left the 2 inches were it was, but I like the 3/4 sleeve length. Ok? And if I really want them full length, I just unfold the cuff. Like this:
The fabric is a delicious 25% lambswool, 25% cotton, 50% tencel blend, purchased from this ebay seller, whom I have used before, and describe themselves as an “Italian Textile Company”. I like the fact this seller carries a variety of different (including technical, performance) fabrics, all very high quality, and is happy to send out samples for no additional cost. I don’t think there is any more of this particular fabric left, but it is wonderfully soft, warm and definitely cosy.
I taped the pattern together, made my modifications, cut the fabric out and did my tailor tacks yesterday afternoon and sewed it together (all on my overlocker) over a couple of hours this afternoon. Once you have got your head around how the pattern pieces go together, this is a fast and easy make, although don’t rely on the instructions too much…I was able to figure out what to do myself but everyone else who has made this has said the instructions are rubbish.
Photographed just now in the grey, cold, windy evening.
Not the blog post I wanted to bring you, but it is just too horrible to photograph the stuff I wanted too.