This lovely pattern by imagine gnats is a versatile women’s cardi pdf pattern and comes in sizes (US) 2 -20. I made size 12 and didn’t make any changes.
The pattern is designed for knit fabrics, stating that fabrics from heavy to light weight are appropriate. I chose a light weight crush jersey knit (100% polyester) for the exterior in vibrant aquas, navy, whites and various shades of blue. I love the ‘crush’ look and, while the photos don’t show it, the fabric has a wonderful sheen. I have to say, however, that it is very badly behaved fabric! Even the walking foot (even feed foot) I had to use struggled to feed it through the machine properly. I so wanted to top stitch around the finished garment, but after numerous stops and restarts for skipped stitches (sometimes up to an inch!) I pulled it all out and gave up! Any advice would be greatly accepted.
For the interior I chose a similar weight solid navy jersey knit (100% polyester) – which, I am pleased to say, behaved impeccably well!
A ‘first’ for me this time around was using a pdf pattern. Being a ‘self drafter’ it is unusal for me to use any patterns other than my own and a pdf ‘put together’ was definitely an eye opener to how some other folk do things!!! Lots of slicing and dicing and taping.
I found the sizing of the pattern to be very good – because I have long arms I automatically added an inch to the sleeve pattern because generally the arms are always too short. It was a pleasant surprise for me to then have to cut it off again!!!
The pattern has a lovely drape around the neckline with light weight fabric and the back hangs beautifully as well.
The lovely neckline, I think the best feature of the cardi, can be tizzied up with various brooches for a personal look. And the pattern is completely reversible – all the seams are enclosed ‘inside’ the garment. Two garments for the effort of one!!
This pattern is very easy to sew, has well written instructions and is great for making either a warm weather or winter weight garment. If you are after great value for money combined with a quick and easy sew then this is the pattern for you!
Until next time, happy sewing, quilting, knitting, crocheting and crafting ….
Until next time, happy sewing, quilting, knitting, crocheting and crafting ....