Sometimes I get into the thick of a pattern and realize it’s just not going to work for me. Such was the case with Ottobre 5-2012-4 that I hinted at on this post. I love the idea of this pattern–a big cardigan to toss over a dress with a belt. But as I started tracing it,
- Ottobre was unusually unclear in how the thing was supposed to come together. There were some side seams that you were supposed to sew but from the pieces you were supposed to be tracing, it was not obvious that there even were side seams. Strange… but really
- I realized that this Ottobre pattern was going to be a drop shoulder affair. Being small of frame, having shoulder seams that drop off my actual shoulder is an enormous pet peeve I have about RTW. It just looks like I’m wearing the wrong size.
So, as I’ve done before, I took what I liked about the Otto pattern and made it work for me. I went back to this cardigan and shortened it so that it would hit me about mid-thigh. What I loved about this pattern is how the shawl collar ends in these pretty darts for added shaping. It’s subtle, but it makes for some pretty feminine lines that are so often gone in cardigans.
I remembered that I needed to do a narrow shoulder from my 1st version. It helped, but the neck line is still cut @34, and I’m really a 32. I can mitigate the tiny bit of extra width by folding down the collar. As it’s generally a non-shaped garment, I’m okay with it not being perfect here, and it’s still much better than a dropped shoulder cardigan.
Even with the shortening, I was tight on fabric for the sleeves, so I had to piece them (and what I had was definitely not on grain).
It ended up being a decorative element as I added some contrasting stitching with one of the never-used decorative stitches on my machine. It’s #29–what is this called?
Whatever it is, I used it for the hems too as I liked how it looked with the sweater knit. It was a good choice for this particular sweater knit as well because it’s one of those rare knits that does fray. This stitch helped keep the loops from fraying by delicately kind of weaving them back together.
My only wish is that this were a slightly warmer cardigan, but it’s a minor complaint. If I find sweater knits in my colors, I’ve learned to get them because I won’t find them in RTW at all. Sometimes this means that they’re not the warmest, but it’s a great layering piece.
I updated my review here.