Sometimes I have projects that just take ages to come into reality. I’m sure you know the feeling- you come across a new fabric or pattern and immediately make plans. Somehow though, those plans keep getting pushed back until sometimes you can’t even remember what they were! Eventually though, a rummage through your fabric stash or patterns brings it back to the front of the queue and it gets to see the light of day. This is one of those makes!
I recently had a rummage through my fabric boxes, pulling things out for the winter and a couple of upcoming ideas. While I was there, I rediscovered this speckled cream Hacci knit from Girl Charlee. I had a couple of metres, and it has been waiting patiently for at least a year. Unsurprisingly, they don’t seem to sell it any more, but they do have lots of other styles. Hacci knits are quite loosely woven, they look more like loose knitting than a t-shirt fabric and so this fabric was always destined to become a lightweight cardigan.
I also have had the Elmira cardigan by Seamwork in my pattern collection for ages, and they seemed like a good match. I made a couple of small changes- lengthening the sleeves by 5cm so that they would be full length, and also cutting two of the back pieces. All the front cardigan pieces are double thickness, so I thought I would do the same at the back, especially as I wasn’t sure how well this fabric would take to being turned and hemmed.
Seamwork patterns are designed to be quick and easy to construct, but that does sometimes mean that the finishing is a little less thought through than other patternmakers. I didn’t really have any problems with the construction order of this though, and I’m happy with how it has turned out.
The cardigan closes with a couple of little internal buttons and an external tie. The buttons have little hand sewn thread chains instead of buttonholes which are really delicate and lovely. I actually enjoyed sewing them, despite usually avoiding hand sewing wherever possible.
This is a slightly different style for me, but I have been enjoying wearing it with higher-waisted dresses and tops. I think it will be nice over the winter when you often want something to just cover your arms, but don’t need anything too heavy because the central heating is on. The only changes I would make next time would be to lengthen the sleeves a fraction more, and maybe reduce the width of the inner wrap piece so that the neckline pulls more smoothly. Other than that though, I’m happy to be using a fabric and pattern that have been waiting around for far too long!