Friday, 27 April 2012

Ruffly cardigan - it's getting cold outside...


Time to kick off my boots and enjoy a quiet weekend. As promised, I did get around to sewing this week! It was nice to have a mid-week break to get away from the drama of Monday.

BurdaStyle 01-2012-106 was the pattern of choice. I need a few warmer clothes for winter, and I've been eyeing up this jacket for a few weeks. Armed with some helpful hints from another blogger, I went forth!


Most of the detail is in my review at Pattern Review. However, I'll sum it up for you here:
  • It's cosy!
  • Frills! In a good way!
  • The arms are baggy (because it's designed for a woven which needs ease). I don't regret making this from a knit though, because I find it infinitely more comfortable to wear - like a cardigan instead of a jacket.
  • The arms are SHORT. This, I can't explain. The problem would be even worse with a woven. My arms are a fairly normal length, and I don't usually have this problem with BurdaStyle.

The vertical darts help this to fall better over my bust. I don't know whether they help or hinder, if you have a smaller bust! The seam up the centre back would also be good if you need to make adjustments for a sway-back.


Hand-sewing ruffles at shoulder height (as my dummy is my height, duh) is some sort of a crazy workout. I could, of course, have lowered my dummy. But it was 11pm on Thursday night, and logic had escaped me.


But it looks cool, right? I like it, anyway. I'm thinking about making a fastening at the front - sort of like on a duffel coat, but maybe with a great big diamante button or something.

15 comments:

  1. I love the colour!! And the ruffles are awesome. Glad you had time to do some sewing in amongst all the other crazy this week :) <3

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    1. Thanks! Purple has always been a staple of my wardrobe, I love it.

      I'm glad to have done some sewing too, albeit I would always start *after* dinner and then stay up way too late!!

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  2. Oh, yes, I like this! Not too many ruffles, not too few- it's the porridge that goldilocks ate in Cardy form....

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    1. Hahaha thanks! I'm not normally a ruffle person, so I was fairly pleased with this pattern too :-)

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  3. It looks so cosy and lovely - perfect for colder weather. The colour is gorgeous, too.

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    1. It is cosy! It wasn't too difficult to sew, either... if you have a sewing machine, you can download the pattern online at the link to the BurdaStyle site above.

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  4. Hey great idea to do this in a knit. Looks good and I too love the colour.

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    1. Thanks! I can't take credit for the knit idea though - that came from E Made This :-)

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  5. I love it!! Could you tell me if there are two rows of gathers, and does one go around the back? And how far from the outer seam did you place the row(s) of ruffles? I would love to make this!

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    1. There are actually two short ruffles and two long ruffles of various lengths and widths. They are just gathered down the middle and twisted as they are sewed on. They go all the way around the back of the neck.

      The pattern has instructions for how to do it, but I just pinned them in place a few times until they looked how I wanted :-)

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  6. I think a fastening would be a great idea, maybe you could find a vintage brooch for it? (If that's your thing ;)) It does look lovely, and I imagine it would look good with a woven fabric too (perhaps a future project? :))

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    1. A vintage brooch sounds like a great idea! Might have a look on Etsy.

      I might make it again... or I might use one of the millions of other beautiful patterns that are calling my name ;-)

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  7. This is very eye-catching for all the right reasons. Love the ruffles and the color!

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    1. Thanks! I don't wear ruffles normally, but it's great to have something different in the wardrobe.

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  8. It's so lovely! I loved this pattern when I saw it, and have reserved a purple wool woven for it! Your version is p.e.r.f.e.c.t!

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