A Cosy Wool McCalls 6996 Cardigan
Posted in Projects on Wednesday the 13th February 2019 by Vicki Ormerod
The worst time of the year, for me, is the first months of the year, when the Christmas magic is gone, it’s cold and Summer seems very far away. For that reason, I thought that something cosy that makes me feel pretty would be perfect to help me go through these cold days.
I really like wearing cardigans and I wear them almost daily, as they are so versatile. Not only are warm but go well with a classic shirt or for a more casual look, with a cami top.
The John Kaldor Isabella Wool Jersey Fabric seemed just right for what I had in mind. I mean, viscose and wool jersey fabric sounds about right, don’t you agree?
The pattern used is the McCall’s M6996, in view A, made in size S accordingly to my measurements. I have made this pattern once in the past, so I knew it would only need a very small adjustment and took 1 inch to the sleeve’s length, a normal adjustment for me.
One of the things I like the most about this pattern, particularly in this view, is the back. This fabric, having a good amount of viscose in its composition, has a lovely drape and for that reason worked wonderfully. I really love this detail!
While choosing the fabric, my first thought was to choose the French Navy colour but after a second thought I decided against it and picked Teal instead and I am glad I did. I know Navy would work beautifully with almost everything I already have, the thing is, I already have quite a few cardigans in that colour and the teal is so beautiful, such a gorgeous colour (and I really mean it!) and adds a little more brightness to my day.
This fabric worked very well for this project and I am honestly pleased with how it turned out. Beautiful colour, lovely drape, very soft against the skin and not difficult to work with. Everything went smoothly during the process. I used a walking foot and jersey needle, as I usually do with jersey fabrics, and did not have any trouble, not even to make the shoulder/neck or the gathers at the centre back, the trickiest part of the making.
Also, I think it has the right amount of stretch for this project but would work very well for a jumper or a dress. To be honest I have been thinking a lot about making a dress using this fabric next time.
In reality, I believe that the trickiest part was to capture the real colour of the fabric! As I mentioned before, the colour is absolutely gorgeous despite being very hard to get the real shade in the photos. Although the colour might vary in different screens, I would say that the photo with the more accurate shade is the one I took inside, of the centre back detail.
Many thanks Minerva Crafts for the gorgeous fabric for this project and to you for reading.
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