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The theme of this month is to sew something using the colors in the Pantone Color Trend Report for Spring 2018. Now I knew there was a Pantone color of the year but had no idea there was a trend report for the different seasons. So naturally, I checked my stash for the fabrics I have in stock. I thought it had to be the exact color so even though I had a few items close to the Meadowlark and chilli oil, I decided I would go with the “coconut milk” AKA white.
I chose the Ellie and Mac Women’s Go Exploring Cardigan Click here (affiliate link), which I bought on sale or during their Wacky Wednesday deals. I have several E&M patterns, so of course you’ll be seeing more. I can’t identify the knit I had since I got it in LA, but I think it was a knit slub fabric. I thought it would be a good idea to use this since it is a light fabric, but regretted my decision when I started sewing with it. The fabric gets distorted and loose. I started sewing the pocket first as indicated by the pattern, and couldn’t go on.
Then I started having second thoughts about sewing. Have you ever thought, “why am I doing this”? This cardigan was supposed to be a gift for my sister’s birthday and I thought with the money and time spent I could have bought her something nicer or more worthy. For my birthday she got me a ticket to the Ipsy Beauty Convention in LA (which is a bit pricey), so I started to feel guilty about my homemade gift. I spend money on fabrics, notions and lots of time sewing and so I thought is this worth it or what is the end game? This is my hobby and I enjoy it but for some reason, I was feeling very guilty. Maybe it is also the fact that I was very tired and working under pressure to meet the blog deadline (I was working late Saturday night).
Secondly, I wasn’t crazy about the pattern. I like how it looks on the testers, but I wasn’t sure my sister would like it. So I ditched that no good fabric and pulled out my french terry, which closely resembles the Blooming Dahlia color in the palette and since I didn’t have enough for all the garment, I decided to use the floral fabric for the hoodie (outer and lining), band, and pocket lining. I would say the flowers on the grey fabric have some Pink Lavender (also on the color palette), so I’m still on trend, right?
This pattern will take a lot of fabric. I think I used a little more than 3 yards and I chose size XXL based on my measurements. I do think it is too big, though. I had to cut off 3″ from the sleeves as it would have been way too long with the cuffs added. Also, I don’t like how the cuffs are too wide as I prefer a fitted cuff. I think the cardigan is nice, but I don’t like the back of the cardigan which has a “high-low hem line”. I think I would like the cardigan more if I hadn’t used the contrasting fabric, but again, I ran out of the main fabric so I had to make it work. Please note there is nothing wrong with the pattern itself and as a matter of fact, this was a simple sewing project. It helped that my little guy took a good 2 hour nap so I got a lot of sewing done.
Note there are a lot of pieces to cut since you have the inner/outer hoodie and 4 pocket pieces in addition to the bodice front and back. I forgot to mention, I don’t like the wide pockets either. I would have had to adjust the cardigan length so the pockets sit higher. I do like the concept of having big pockets but I just don’t like how it looks. On a positive note, if you have a big phone or mini ipad, those will fit perfectly in your pocket!
What I do love about this fabric/pattern combination is how comfortable it is. I would use this to lounge around the house or if I were to go out quickly to get the mail and wanted to throw something on really quick. I can see my sister using this on a cold day bundled up reading a book or magazine. I absolutely loved it for lounging around the house and I hope my sister will do too. My sister is such a kind person she won’t care that I didn’t press the band so it looks weird or that I messed up a bit on the hemming.
I think the lesson for me is that I won’t always love the pattern. As I mentioned, this is a great pattern, which contains very good instructions and step by step pictures. I just know this pattern is not my style but I don’t have any regrets (besides first choosing the awful white slub knit). I will give this cardigan to my sister and will definitely make her something else. Even though I was questioning my hobby, today was a new day and as I saw the cardigan come to life, I remember why I love this hobby. Maybe I just need to use the fabrics and patterns in my stash before spending more on new supplies.
Thursday, March 1st: Sewing By Ti- Intro
6th: Sewn By Lone
9th: Stitched by Jennie
10th: Elli and Nels
Sunday, March 11th: Make it Sew with the Bear and Pea Atelier
12th: Very Blissful
13th: My Heart Will Sew On
14th: Sewing Blue
15th: Seams Like Style
16th: Kate Will Knit
17th: Twinado Alley
Sunday March 18th: Mermaids Den
19th: My Sewing Roots
20th: Our Play Palace
21st: Kathys Kwilts and More
22nd: The Fairy Dust Bin
23rd: Oak Blue Designs
24th: Aurora Designs Fabrics
Sunday March 25th: Flaxfield Sewing
26th: Seams Sew Lo
27th: Ma Moose
28th: Back 40 Life
29th: Auschick Sews
30th: Manning the Machine
31st: Mermaids Den