Fall Color Story Coming to Life…

Hi, everyone! Yeah, autumn has just rolled in, and the days are nippier down in my state. Remember the Color Stories post a couple of weeks ago? Its coming to life slowly but surely. Read all about it, but be sure to catch the “bonus” image at the end of this post!

Previously made pants at the bottom, sewn during the last couple of years.
The knit has a border print which i used for the front drape.
Love how this turned out! The neck is finished with foldover elastic in a contrasting color to be insync with the cardigan. Hem is left unfinished intentionally. If it starts to roll, I will hem it.

Two fabrics in the capsule you saw in fabric form in a previous post, are now made into garments — the printed cardi and the tank which is included in the pattern;  the burgundy/merlot ponte knit pants were made a couple of years ago. The brown ponte knit is still in yardage form, to be done as soon as I can. Here’s to completing the Fall 2020 capsule before Spring 2021 (eyeroll).  

Pattern:  This again!

A tried and true The Sewing Workshop product – Ann’s Cardigan —  which you can also make as a twin set.  The cardigan has an interesting way to add the points at the front. No, those are not godets.  The pointy, effect at the bottom front is due to the shape of the front pattern.  What do you know, as I type this, the pattern is on sale!  No business affiliation with The Sewing Workshop, by the way. I purchased this pattern way back when it was first released.

Fabric: Rayon jersey, all from Sew Much Fabric – my go-to source. Note that the printed jersey has a border! Since borders run along the selvage, this perfectly suited my fabric-grain-obsessed mind. 

Hem and Stabilizing Edges Tip: The more I sew with knits, the more I like fusible strips to keep stuff in place!  These aren’t fusibles of my youth; they rarely bubble and form a soft, not stiff, hem.  

Here, I used a lightweight bonding strip to fuse the hem in place – do they still call it “stitch witchery”?  And, do not forget that stabilizing the neck, shoulder and armholes of the cardigan and tank top should be done immediately after cutting out. I used a fusible stay tape in these areas (not pictured).  Perfect! One roll lasts a long time! If you want a source, Sew Much Fabric sells the stay tape made for knits. The “bonding” for the hem is a Dritz product (pictured above), probably purchased from Joann’s in the pre-pandemic days.

Bonus image

I’m in need of pretty potholders, and will make these cuties, seen here in the pages of the now out-of-print Stitch magazine. The technique is English paper piecing — good project to cleanse the sewing palate.

That’s it for now, my friends! See you next week. Happy Holiday Season!


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