The last piece of my outfit made for Selfish Sewing Week is the Julia Cardigan. We won 2 patterns from Mouse House Creations during Sewabration of Womanhood, and the Julia Cardigan was our automatic first choice! Then I held onto it until I saw this fabric at Walmart, and knew they were going to be a perfect pair. I bought 3 yards of the super lightweight knit fabric, and sent one to Karly during Challenge Create: Fabric Swap Edition’s Knit Week. When I went to cut out the Julia, I realized, as Angela commented yesterday, that I was going to need another yard to be able to make myself the long sleeve version. Because I didn’t have enough time to go to get more fabric just then, I decided to try and make a vest version of the Julia and add sleeves later. But then I laid out the pieces as shown on the recommended layout, and realized if I disobeyed the recommendation, flipped over the front pattern piece face down, flipped the collar piece end for end, turned the cuff pieces 90 degrees, and slid the rest of the pieces around, I could get the whole thing out of 2 yards! This included adding 3 inches to the sleeves (you know, because I am 6 feet tall and have a 6 foot wingspan also!) I could have lengthened the front and back 1 or 2 inches also, which I will do next time. (Yes, next time…this one is a winner!)
But the Julia Cardigan covers my shirt in the back, so it all works out for this outfit. I took a gamble, not knowing if I would ruin the whole Julia Cardigan cutting it out that way, but it turned out just fine!
I like the look of the stripes on the cuffs running the other way, it gives them sort of a modern flair. So there you have it! An entire outfit, sewn just for ME!!!
Here’s a recap:
What did you make yourself during Selfish Sewing Week? What are you going to make yourself next?
Make it beautiful,