While poking about at my local Fabricland the other day for some denim, (StyleArc’s Italia Shirtdress is on the roster, but more on that another day) I happened upon this gem…
It’s a knit on the outside which is brushed to a fleece on the inside. It looks quite grey in the picture above but it is actually many shades of blue. With only the thought that a cardigan was going to be the end product, I dug through my boxes and bags of patterns and pulled out The AWEsome Jacket pattern from MacPhee Workshop.
For those of you south of the border, MacPhee Workshop is a company run by Linda MacPhee in Alberta. She sells her own designs for outerwear, dresses, tops, vests and accessories as well as fabric, trims and notions. She also hosts a show called “Sew Much Fun” where she showcases her patterns. Linda is an absolute dynamo and she brings emphasis on the creative side of sewing; playing with colour, texture, length and layers. Case in point – this is printed on the pattern instructions:
Isn’t this why we all sew? Of course it is!
The AWEsome Jacket is a very straightforward pattern which includes some variations for neckline, collar, pockets and closures.
I chose the V-neck with the front band and it is comprised of three pattern pieces; a front and back which is cut on a fold, band and a sleeve. Here is what it looks like traced out:
It probably took me just as long to trace it out as it did to stitch it together. There was a little trouble with the front band as it required a bit too much easing and I expect my measurements were off. I’ve made a note on the pattern to double check that should I make it again (which I will!) A quick recut of the band piece, adding some length at both the neck and hem ends resolved the issue.
Here is the finished product. It’s somewhere between a jacket and a cardigan and is a great layering piece for some extra warmth, which is so very welcome right now with our negative temperatures. And here it is layered over my Popover top. Taa daah!
Bye for now,