Chevron in Black and White Stripe

Hi readers! Remember my post about the “Big Fashion Stripe of 2018”?


To keep up with Fashion Week, I made this black/white chevron striped cardigan (polyester and acrylic). Is this cardigan on trend?

Alberta Ferretti Fall 2017KIM_0075

Well, a little bit, because most of the fashion week looks were vertical, thick stripes, bordering on the “Beetlejuice look”.  I personally preferred my stripe horizontal and chevron-like.

I like my cardigan, have made it once before and will make it again with McCall’s pattern 6996.

McCall 6996

The fabric is a very fine sweater knit. At first I thought it was a “raschel” knit, but it’s not. What is the difference?  A raschel is a thin, open-design knit and it stretches horizontally, but does not stretch vertically.  My chevron fabric stretches every which way and is technically a sweater knit, as designated correctly by the fabric seller, Sew Much Fabric.  Combine the stretchy factor with the open-weave knit, and…… .

Some observations follow for the sewing nerd (for others, enjoy the finished look):

  • The instability of the fabric was not that bad in regards to layout and cutting out. But if you’re not used to handling unstable fabric, I recommend the use of paper underneath.
  • I cut this out on the cross grain because:     The chevron stripe on the straight grain was vertical, and a vertical chevron did not visually sit well with me.  For the record, I have an uncomfortable relationship with clothing sewn on the cross grain.  But I went with it here, because of the visuals and the higher stretch along the cross grain.  Knit garments should have the highest stretch going crosswise.  In short, I made this cardigan on the cross grain while my inner sewing nerd was having a fit on having to sew it on the cross grain.
  •  Sewing straight seams in this open-weave knit is a fiddly proposition, let alone curved seams. The fabric ravels (remember it’s a sweater knit) on the cross grain, and it tended to catch in the toe of the presser foot.  To counteract that, I interfaced most seams with fusible bias tape. The side seams and sleeve hems are the only ones I left without fusible bias strips. I realized later that the side seam (un-stabilized) is the crosswise direction and is the most ravel prone; oh well, it got sewn and serged.
  • The downside to applying the bias fusible strips to the edges?  The edges shrunk in and made the seam length smaller. That caused some conundrums but I got it done. There’s a usually-forgotten lesson here:  applying fusible interfacing to anything will pull the pattern piece in a little bit and a lot in some. That is why most couture sewers use a sew-in interfacing. I’ll never learn…..
  • Tip:  As happens with knits, the fabric edges curled up; and I tamed them with heavy starch.
  • Because the grain of the fabric was turned around, I was left with a not-wide-enough front band; and that is okay because this pattern does not overlap at the front.  It’s what I call a (an?) “I-just-threw-it-on”  look.
  • Last bullet point: now that the item is on the cross grain, the selvage is running horizontally. It’s an interesting, lacy selvage, so I kept it intact at the hem. This may change if it keeps getting caught and pulled while in use.
Selvage hem
  • I may have sewn this cardigan wrong side out. But if it takes more than three seconds to figure out the right side, it doesn’t matter.

I think I’ll go make pants…………..

Have a Happy Thanksgiving and a great fall season!



7 thoughts on “Chevron in Black and White Stripe

  1. I love the cardigan! These types of throw on, flowy (is that a word?) toppers are favorites of mine. I have a lot of them and they are usually easy to make. I love the chevron knit and I agree that my inner sewing nerd would be having a coronary at making a garment on the crossgrain.
    Have a lovely, safe Thanksgiving!


  2. I love how your cardigan turned out. I think it was a good call to cut it on the crossgrain, sometimes exceptions need to be made and this was one of those situations. Egads – yes, that photo does remind me of the beetlejuice character!


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